News: Shyne Reportedly Signs Def Jam Recording Deal

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 6:42PM

Written by Biz Jones

Rapper Shyne has reportedly made his return to Def Jam Records as sources are now claiming the former Bad Boy Records artist has inked a contract deal.

According to hip-hop personality Miss Info, Shyne has returned to the label responsible for releasing his 2004 album, Godfather Buried Alive.

Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Shyne Po has signed a 7-figure deal with Def Jam.* This ends a bidding war that had industry bigwigs vying for Shyne's attention, flying to Belize, calling and courting, ever since the Brooklyn emcee was released from prison and deported to Belize back in October. As for the logistics, the plan is for Shyne to work out of London, it's a buzzing hip hop hub with all the necessary facilities. Oh, and about that first verse which appeared on an early DJ Khaled album leak (and is allegedly scratched from the final tracklisting)...I'm hearing that Shyne didn't intend that verse to be his first look. After nearly a decade inside, he's allowed a little time to figure out what direction he'll take. (Miss Info TV)

After being deported to Belize last fall, Diddy spoke on his former artist's situation.

"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 fall. "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)

Check out Master P speaking with SOHH about Shyne below:

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