The Hip Hop world awaits Shyne's return, as today reportedly marks his freedom after eight years in prison.
Rapper Shyne is expected to be released from prison today, as initially reported on HipHopDX this August [click to read]. The 30 year-old rapper a/k/a Jamal Barrow was sentenced to 10 years in June of 2001 for charges stemming from a high-publicized 1999 shooting incident involving Diddy and Jennifer Lopez. During his eight-plus year sentence, the Brooklyn emcee was incarcerated at Riker's Island, Woodbourne and Clinton Correctional Facility.
Since the incident, the rapper released his only two albums: 1999's platinum self-titled album on Bad Boy Records, and 2004's Godfather Buried Alive [click to read] release on Def Jam, including a song recorded through the phone from prison.
In the last eight years, the rapper has been speculated and rumored to sign with various labels including Murder Inc., Death Row Records and most recently Roc Nation. The rapper has confirmed none of these rumors, and spoken few times publicly, most recently to XXL magazine.
Diddy spoke to HOT97 recently on Shyne's release, stating,