SOHH Whatcha Think: Shyne Addresses Fan Backlash + Bounty Placed On Rapper's Head?!?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:04AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

Shyne is back in the news. During a recent interview, he revealed that he doesn't talk music with Diddy, but the pair are still cool, an upcoming solo project as well as the negative feedback he's recieved from his new sound.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of SOHH]

The former Bad Boy rapper shared his thoughts toward harsh critiscm surrounding his "new flow" and recent releases and and guest appearances.

I believe my audience, they're like that. They can see me fall, they can see me get a bump and bruise. It's not like I have to be suited up or polished all the time. It took Tiger Woods three years to win another PGA Tour. It took Michael Jordan an entire season for him to get back into championship form. So for me, people expected me to come out and knock it out the park and just win the ring. Nobody did that. And Michael and Tiger are considered the greatest athletes, period. They had to go through the rush phase, and that's all it was for me. When I put those records out I felt good about them and I wanted to share them with the people and let them know what was going on since they were so anxious to hear. But it was never up for sale or nothing official. It was just "this is what I'm doing, check it out." They said what they felt and I kept working, because at the end of the day I set a standard. Shyne is a legend, so people expect legendary performances from him. When it's not that, you got to keep working to get to that. The music I have now is a billion times better than all of that.(Huffington Post)

Shyne also talked about possibly returning to U.S. soil, saying he has been trying to get back in America for some time now. So Watcha Think: With the new generation of fans and rappers, can Shyne become relevant in current hip hop, or has his time already passed

We're working on it. It's been three years, so I finished my parole. The ban from America starts from three to 10 [years], so now it's time to start making those applications. And also, I do a lot of work for my country. So I feel that's important for the administration, homeland security and state department to respect that. I'm a young kid that made a mistake and I turned my life around, I shouldn't suffer for the rest of my life. America is an important part of my life. It's an important way for me to help my country, and more importantly Shyne Po still ring bells on every block. The kids are listening to me, man. So if anyone is going to tell them to put the guns down, or to go to Harvard and try to educate themselves and try to stay from out of prison, they're going to listen to me. So I feel once we put our presentation together and present it to the powers that be, I don't see it being a problem.(Huffington Post)

But yo, things get real overseas. If you thought U.S. hip hop beef was deep, a rapper from Iran named Shahin Najafi has a price on his head. Literally. A Shiite group is offering cash to anyone that kills Najafi over some words he spit on wax.

A $100,000 bounty has been placed on the head of an Iranian rapper after a Shiite website offered a reward for anyone who kills him over a song that satirizes the Islamic Republic, Reuters reports.   The song in question takes the form of a prayer and mentions many Iranian figures, with references ranging from Iranians' love of nose jobs, to economic sanctions, and even the 2009 presidential election, according to Reuters. A senior cleric has reportedly said the rap may merit the death penalty.(Fox News)

Najafi said he didn't think his raps would elicit this type of response and he was simply trying to make a statement.

Rapper Shahin Najafi, who lives in Germany, is accused of "grossly" insulting Ali al-Hadi al-Naqi, a religious figure highly revered by the Shiite Muslims, according to religious website Shia-Online.ir. Najafi has denied those claims. "I thought there would be some ramifications. But I didn't think I would upset the regime that much. Now they are taking advantage of the situation and making it look like I was trying to criticize religion and put down believers," Najafi told Deutsche Welle, a German broadcaster. "For me, it is more of an excuse to talk about completely different things. I also criticize Iranian society in the song. It seems as though people are just concentrating on the word 'imam'."(Fox News)

Hold your head my dude. Seriously.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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