Shyne and Diddy recently met up during a trip to Paris Fashion Week, erasing any doubts that the two had lingering beef with one another. Releasing a statement to XXLMag.com, the rapper, who changed his name to Moses Michael Levy, said that the rivalry could have reached dangerous levels and ended in possible bloodshed.
“You can’t overstate the cultural significance of what Shyne and Diddy reconciling means,” wrote Shyne. “You know I’m about it when it comes to them hammers, thus unfortunately this could have ended like Tupac and B.I.G. But what if Tupac and B.I.G ended like this and reconciled?
“Let’s celebrate this moment as a historical event and a victory for hip-hop and Afro and Latin American men trained to exterminate each other,” he continued. “It’s a new day! L’chaim!!!”
Shyne also touched on the important example that this sets for Black and Latino youths. He said that it could be a powerful moment in helping troubled adolescents think before committing wrongdoing.
“On a scale of what this says to African and Latin American men, who have been trained to self hate and to self-destruct, this is a watershed moment,” he wrote. “The paradigm shift that’s taking place as the way Afro and Latin American men deal with each other is tremendous. This could be a gigantic step in putting an end to the cycle of hate and violence that is self-genocidal and destroying the minority community by sending fathers off to jail or an early grave.”