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, “It’s a blessing that he’s coming home…I spoke to him like a couple of weeks ago and he sounded like he was in good spirits. I know he can’t wait to get home. I know he is definitely going to heat the whole scene up. He was definitely one of [many] talented young artists that I had the pleasure to work with. I’m quite sure he’s been using his time wisely and has some heat.”
HipHopDX will keep you posted upon Shyne‘s actual release today.