News: Shyne's Attorney Has Eye On Release Date, "He's Got A Lot To Say"

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 5:06PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

As the release date for Jamal "Shyne" Barrow approaches, his attorney Oscar Michelen has addressed the rapper's upcoming parole hearing date and says Shyne is looking forward to returning to the studio.

The lawyer believes his client may be able to return home as early as this spring.

"We're hoping for April," Michelen said in an interview. "[But] they don't normally let you know [the exact release date] until right before it happens...A parole hearing is scheduled for June. And if they don't release him prior to that date, then he gets his parole hearing. But they can advance that depending on the situation at the jail at that particular time. And we're under the belief that it might very well be advanced [to April]... I know he's anxious to get back into the recording industry. He's got a lot to say. And people are anxious to hear it." (Hip Hop DX)

Shyne's time behind bars stemmed from a shoot-out at a New York City nightclub in 1999.

The fracas broke out on December 27, 1999, at a Manhattan nightclub where Shyne, Sean "Diddy" Combs with then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and their entourage had been partying. Around 3 a.m., Combs and Shyne allegedly began arguing with another group of patrons. Someone threw money at Combs, a gesture of disrespect, and guns started going off. Three bystanders were shot. Shyne, who police found with a pistol in his waistband, was arrested after bystanders identified him as one of the shooters. Shyne received a 10-year prison. Barrow has always claimed he acted in self-defense and only fired his gun after the other group, Matthew "Scar" Allen and his crew began shooting. (About)

Despite being imprisoned, the rapper released an album in August 2004.

Jailed rapper Shyne, who signed a $3 million record deal and recorded part of his new album while in prison, had his phone privileges revoked and was barred from conducting in-person interviews as authorities investigate whether he may have violated prison rules in making about 100 phone calls. (USA Today)

Shyne's rise to fame came from his association with Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment.

Shyne was well-known among the public before Bad Boy Records even released his debut -- which was, for many years, his only -- album. That album charted well, thanks in part to all the media attention he'd garnered over the years, and he showcased a remarkable talent for rapping despite his young-twenty-something age. The album wasn't an especially memorable work, however, and Shyne remained far better-known for his story than for his music. (All Music)

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