News: UPDATE: Shyne's Uncle Prepared For Deportation, "His Accommodations Are Ready & Waiting For Him In Belize"
Thursday, Oct 8, 2009 12:41AM
As the decision on whether rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow will be deported to his country of origin, Belize, after serving eight years in prison continues, the emcee's uncle has said he is ready to welcome his nephew if forced to leave the United States.
In addition to Shyne's family, the rapper's attorney Oscar Michelen gave an update to Belize radio and television stations on Wednesday (October 7).
Michelen stated that Shyne wants to remain in the U.S.A. and his family has hired immigration lawyers in New York to try and ensure that he remains there. Shyne reportedly has a "green card", or permanent residence in the U.S. but never acquired U.S. nationality. Shyne's uncle Michael Finnegan who is a member of the Belize Cabinet, Minister of Housing and close ally of Shyne's father Prime Minister Dean Barrow, told the media today that if Shyne is deported, he will be welcomed in Belize. Mr. Finnegan who helped raise Shyne as a child in Belize when his mother left for the U.S.A. said that "...his accommodation are ready and waiting for him in Belize if he is deported." (Belizean)
While early reports said Shyne was freed Tuesday (October 6), he is now reportedly being examined by immigration officials.
Shyne, convicted of a club shooting while mentor P. Diddy beat the rap, was released from prison Tuesday and taken into custody by immigration officials. The 30 year-old ex-protege has a green card but is facing deportation to his native Belize because of his felony rap sheet, his lawyer said. The performer's lawyer, Oscar Michelen, said his client "is anxious to get released." "He is looking forward to seeing his family and being able to be free to do what he wants to do," he said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Mike Gilhooly would only say that Shyne was in custody for being in violation of U.S. immigration law." (New York Daily News)
According to Diddy, Shyne does not have contractual obligations toward Bad Boy Entertainment.
"It's a blessing that he's coming home," Puff told DJ Absolut in an interview last month. "I spoke with him a couple weeks ago. He sounded like he was in good spirits. I know he can't wait to get home. And I know he's definitely gonna heat the whole scene up. He's definitely gonna do it, you know what I'm saying, he definitely was one of the most talented young artists that I had the pleasure to work with so I'm quite sure he's been using his time wisely and I'm quite sure he has some heat." (YouTube)
Aside from pre-Welcome Home wishes, rappers like Buckshot have shared open messages to the Bad Boy protege.
"My thing with Shyne is, Shyne, when you get out, do the same thing Buckshot did," he explained in a recent interview with SOHH. "Like get your own, start your own, own your own, be your own, control your own and dictate your own. Don't come out and let nobody tell you 'I'll give you a million dollars' or, well, that sh*t ain't happening nowadays anyway or 'I'll give' whatever the f*ck, I ain't gonna put those numbers out in the air because I know the type of numbers they giving. But anyway, Shyne, come out and stay independent and make all the money. All the f*cking money. Don't give your sh*t to nobody 'cause when Shyne come out, I'm buying his sh*t." (SOHH)
Check out Buckshot speaking on Shyne below: