News: Diddy On Shyne Being Deported, "He Did His Time & Deserves To Come Back"
Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 1:15PM
Diddy recently spoke on Shyne's deportation to Belize last month and said he hoped the former Bad Boy protege would be able to return to the United States to pursue his rap career.
Speaking with radio personality Funkmaster Flex, Puff said he hoped fans would get a chance to appreciate the rapper's music.
"The overall feeling at the end of the day, a lot of people have always asked questions, I've never had any problem with Shyne," Diddy explained. "I've never had any problem with him, I was looking forward to him coming home and just getting out here and letting people see what I saw. I think it was cut down too early, people never got a chance to see what I saw. The thing that bugs me out is people forget what was going on at the time, y'all was throwing so many stones at me telling me how Shyne sounded like Biggie. All the cats up here at [New York radio station Hot 97] was throwing stones at me and I was telling them, 'Nah, the kid got something special.' At the end of the day, when everybody go to jail, a lot of people jump on the bandwagon and it was beyond that to me...I never wish bad on anybody, I only wish somebody the best and I hope he gets to come back to the United States, he did his time and deserves to come back." (Hot 97)
Prior to Shyne's release, Puff spoke on the rapper coming home.
"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)
Diddy's statements were later denied by Shyne via a written statement.
"I want it known that this supposed conversation is a figment of Sean Combs' imagination," he says in a statement. "He never spoke with me, he never visited me nor would I ever accept a phone call or visit from him. The only way I would do either of those things would be if he stepped up and did the right thing for the victims of the incident." (Rolling Stone)
Shyne gave his first media press conference earlier this month from Belize.
"Nobody's perfect," Shyne explained during a press conference. "A lot of us grow up in imperfect situations as myself and our lives continue to be imperfect but there are no excuses. President Obama didn't make excuses, Governor Paterson over there in New York who's a blind man and first African American governor didn't make excuses...I make no excuses, I hold myself accountable for the mistakes I've made in my life but that's the end of me or anyone. You make mistakes and the point is to transform those mistakes and that's what I'm trying to do...I make music about life." (Belizean 7)
Check out Master P speaking to SOHH about Shyne's release from prison below: