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Imprisoned Rapper Shyne Continues To See Millions

Published: Friday, April 23, 2004

Updated: Saturday, October 17, 2009 23:10

Island Def Jam is expected to sign jailed rapper Jamal (Shyne) Barrow to a $3 million record contract sometime this week, according to Canadian Press. 

Shyne, who is now serving a 10-year sentence for his participation in a New York Night Club shooting, involving Sean "Puffy" Combs, is anticipated to wrap up the deal by the end of the week, according to an anonymous source familiar with the negotiations. 

Shyne, whose lyrical flow is similar to that of the late great Notorious B.I.G., is not anticipated to be released from state prison in Dannemora, N.Y., before 2009. 

Shyne's self-titled debut album was released back in September 2000 under P. Diddy's infamous label, Bad Boy Entertainment who is notorious for housing extraordinary acts like, B.I.G., Mary J. Blidge, Mase and R&B group 112. 

Shyne's musical career was ended before it officially got started, when at age 19, he was sentenced to prison for his part in the 1999 shootout at Club New York. He's most memorable for his hit single, entitled, "Bad Boy," featuring Reggae artist, Barington Levy with his album experiencing modest sales, selling more than 900,000 copies to date.  

According to Canadian Press, Shyne would be the first artist obtained by the Island Def Jam music squad, since Antonio (L.A.) Reid took over as chairman in February.  

Although, other prospective artist who have been imprisoned during the climax of their musical careers, have been known to record releases over the phone or in visiting rooms, Def Jam intends on utilizing materials Shyne recorded prior to sentencing, for his upcoming album release.  

Three people were seriously injured during the 1999 brawl, which reportedly started after P. Diddy was insulted, while partying with then girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez. 

Shyne was convicted of gun possession charges as well as assault, for firing his weapon in a crowded club and striking at least one person.  

P. Diddy and personal body guard, Anthony (Wolf) Jones, were acquitted of gun possession charges, while no charges were filed against Lopez, however, shortly after the incident, intense love affair between her and Combs was abruptly ended.



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