EXCLUSIVE – Former Bad Boy Records rapper
Shyne was on top of the world in the late ’90s — he’d just
signed with Diddy’s label, his career was about to take off
and he was rubbing shoulders with the rap elite. But all of
that came to a screeching halt the night of December 27,
1999 when he was involved in a Manhattan nightclub
shooting that wound up costing him almost 10 years of
Convicted of attempted murder, assault, and reckless
endangerment, Shyne was ultimately sent to Clinton
Correctional Facility in Dannemora where he was forced
to watch the success of his debut self-titled album from
inside a prison cell. The project debuted at No. 5 on the
Billboard 200 and sold over 90,000 copies in its
inaugural week and was eventually certified platinum by
the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
After Shyne’s 2006 prison release, he was deported back
to his home country of Belize and has since established a
fruitful political career. Now as a member of the House of
Representatives, he’s laser focused on socio-political
issues affecting his community.
In the 2020 Belizean general election, Shyne was
nominated by the United Democratic Party to stand as a
candidate for the Belize House of Representatives in the
Belize City-based Mesopotamia constituency. On
November 11 of that year, he won the House of
Representatives seat for Mesopotamia. But that doesn’t
mean his rap career is entirely over.
Speaking to sources in a recent Zoom interview, Shyne —
who was in Los Angeles after Diddy reportedly helped
him secure a U.S. Visa — revealed he’s working on
multiple documentary projects that will require him to
pick up a microphone again.
“I will be doing a bio movie and bio documentary as well
as a bio TV series, which will all have corresponding
soundtracks,” he tells us. “I will be making music for
those. But for those projects, not for a career, just as an
attachment to those projects. You can’t have a movie
without a soundtrack. And so I would have to create
music for the movie and for the documentary.
“I would have to create music for the TV series. But again,
you’ll hear a lot of Belizean artists with my American
artist friends. So it would be a great opportunity to give
the Belizean musicians a platform.”
Shyne has already built a rapport with some of the
Belizean musicians as the government’s Music
Ambassador, a role appointed to him in 2010 by his
father, former Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow.
“My relationship with music is just helping the Belizean
musicians,” he explains. “That’s what I was doing for the
last 10 years; I was the government’s ambassador for
culture and the creative sector. I invested a little bit of my
own money and would match everything the government
would contribute. I would match it personally for
sustainable development of the Belizean music industry.
“I never give up on that passion and so I still try to help
them, still try to make connections between my American
music friends and the Belizean young talent that’s there. I
discovered so many young great talent. Now that I have
that platform, I’ll be doing all I can to bridge the gap and
allow them to walk over that bridge to success. We have
great artists like Supa G, Stig Da Artist, T.Y., Tanya
Carter, C-Wills and so many great artists that you guys
should all check out.”
Shyne is currently back in Belize where he’s back to work
on his political agendas. He commemorated his arrival
with an Instagram post on Tuesday (August 31).
“Good morning everyone,” he wrote. “I am so happy to be
home. Thanks to all the U.S. Officials, Investors,
friends/family from the Entertainment business and the
Belizeans in the diaspora who received me so warmly.
Thanks to all the supporters in the U.S., around the world
and home here in Belize who have been wishing me well.
Your prayers and positive energy has helped to make my
U.S. Official Mission a success.
“Please keep me in prayer, as I plan to work with both my
UDP Opposition & the PUP Administration to follow
through on all my official engagements to bring about
meaningful results for the benefit of the Belizean People.
Shyne had a bigger calling from the very beginning, now
he is the voice of many who is determined to make a