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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1For The Record lyrics
    2Bang lyrics
    3The Gang lyrics
    Shyne feat. Foxy Brown
    4Here With Me lyrics
    5Buried Alive Intro lyrics
    6Dear America lyrics
    7Piss On You lyrics
    8King Crown Of Judah lyrics
    9Edge lyrics
    10Reverse lyrics
    Puff Daddy feat. Busta Rhymes, Cee Lo Green, G. Dep, Sauce Money and Shyne

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Shyne [2000]
    2Godfather Buried Alive [2004]


    Moses Michael Leviy (born Jamal Barrow on November 8, 1978), best known as Shyne, is a Belizean-American rapper.

    Early Life
    Born in Belize City, Belize to a Belizean Creole politician and a Garifuna mother. As a child, he was spurned by his father due to his illegitimacy and mixed ethnicity. Shyne is said to be a practicing Jew, having converted to Judaism while in prison and recently adopting a Jewish name. Barrow relocated with his mother to Flatbush, in Brooklyn, New York City at about age 13. Despite some time on the streets in his early teens, Shyne subsequently held down a steady job while continuing his education and pursuing his interest in music.

    Music Career
    Barrow was fortuitously overheard rhyming in a barbershop by producer DJ Clark Kent, who, noting the young MC's vocal similarity to Notorious B.I.G., steered him towards Combs and Bad Boy. In 1998, Shyne signed a lucrative deal with the company, making low-key appearances on various Bad Boy compilations and solo albums while working on his own debut album. His debut single, "Bad Boyz," which featured vocal contributions from Barrington Levy began making airwaves in 2000. His self-titled debut was released on September 26th, 2000, selling approximately 866,000 copies.

    Role In 1999 Shooting
    A protégé of Sean Combs who had been touted as the new star of Bad Boy Entertainment following the Notorious B.I.G's death, Shyne's career was left in the balance by his indictment on an attempted murder charge in January 2000. His involvement in the notorious nightclub incident at Club New York on December 27, 1999, in which his mentor was also embroiled, hampered the promotion of his debut album. During the incident, someone came over to Diddy's entourage and threw cash at them, he then drew a gun and attempted to shoot Diddy and his then current girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. Shyne opened fire while Diddy hid behind a table until a body guard came to his aid and escorted him out. On the other hand, Shyne maintains it was self-defense and that a member of the other party shot first. An innocent girl was hit in the face and the man who threw the money was shot in the leg during the altercation.Immediately following the nightclub fracas, Shyne was brought center stage in the ensuing media circus. He was freed on bail in time for the release of his debut album (Shyne, released September 26, 2000). Shortly thereafter, on June 1, 2001, he was charged in a New York court with first-degree assault, gun possession, and reckless endangerment. The trial was presided over by New York State Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon, who commented that Shyne was intelligent and talented, but nevertheless guilty. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a sentence that Shyne is still serving at Woodbourne Correctional Facility as of 2007.Meanwhile, Combs and his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, were acquitted of all charges. The seeming abandonment or betrayal of Shyne (some fans and journalists have labelled him as Combs' "fall guy") has driven a wedge between them, with Shyne leaving Bad Boy Records for Def Jam. Ironically before the event occurred, Shyne rapped on the 1998 Mase track "From Scratch" stating "If I could start from scratch I'd sign with Def Jam, Nah, f**k am I saying? Puff's the best man."

    Career Since Incarceration
    Since his imprisonment, Shyne has gone on to release his sophomore album, Godfather Buried Alive (released August 2004). The album has been criticized as being incomplete and underpromoted by his label. However, "For The Record" was the only track recorded over the phone for the release. He did enjoy one modest hit from the album: "Jimmy Choo," a song that featured the vocal stylings of R&B singer Ashanti. He is now signed to his own Gangland imprint through Def Jam Recordings.2005 continued Shyne's fall out of the limelight and into bad luck. In March, Justice Michael Garson ordered that any revenue generated under Shyne's contract with Def Jam parent IDJMG would be held in a bond until verdicts have been reached in the civil suits filed against him by the shooting victims. Garson cited the state's revised Son of Sam Law, barring inmates from profiting from their crimes. Also up for a possible review in 2005, Shyne's motion was rejected by a panel from a New York State Appeals Court. In addition, in April, Shyne's remaining assets were frozen by the Brooklyn Supreme Court However, part of his assets were unfrozen as a result of a new trial.Shyne still records for Def Jam, but Godfather Buried Alive was a huge success with just over 650,000 units sold. Shyne is now searching for another record label to release his music, and rumors say that he will be signed to The Game's The Black Wall Street Records label or Irv Gotti's The Inc. Records.Because of his business affiliation with The Inc., Shyne was involved in a beef with 50 Cent when 50 also wanted to sign Shyne.


    Shyne (2000) (Platinum)
    Godfather Buried Alive (2004) (Gold)

    Guest Appearances

    * 1998: Sitting Home (Waiting For You Remix) - Total
    * 1998: Anywhere (Bad Boy Remix) - 112 (Featuring Dru Hill, Shyne & Lil' Z)
    * 1999: From Scratch - Mase (Featuring Mysonne, Harlem World, Shyne)
    * 1999: Gettin' It - Mase (Featuring Funkmaster Flex) Co-Writer
    * 1999: Reverse - Puff Daddy (Featuring Shyne, G-Dep, Redman, Cee-Lo, Busta Rhymes & Sauce Money)
    * 2000: I Wish (Remix) - Carl Thomas (Featuring LL Cool J, Prodigy from Mobb Deep, Shyne)
    * 2000: Bad - Funkmaster Flex (Featuring Shyne) (appeared on Funkmaster Flex's The Mix Tape Volume 4: 60 Minutes of Funk)
    * 2001: Behind The Walls (East Coast Gangsta Mix) - Shyne (Featuring Kurupt & Nate Dogg) (although it appears on his album "Godfather Buried Alive it also appeared on "OZ: The Soundtrack" in 2001)
    * 2001: It's Over Now (Bad Boy Remix) - 112 (Featuring G-Dep & Shyne)
    * 2001: Can't Believe (Emotional) (Remix) - Faith Evans (Featuring: Carl Thomas & Shyne)
    * 2001: Keep It Gangsta - G-Dep
    * 2002: Shyne - Swizz Beatz (Featuring: Shyne & Mashonda) (he appeared on swizz beatz's 2002 album "G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories")
    * 2003: When I Die - Shyne (appeared on Kanye West's "I'm Good" compilation mixtape)
    * 2004: Confessions (Part II) (Remix) - Usher (Featuring: Shyne, Kanye West & Twista)
    * 2005: I've Changed My Mind (Remix) - Keyshia Cole (Featuring: Kanye West & Shyne)

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