With Shyne finally being released from prison and deported to Belize this week, SOHH sat down with rap pioneer Rakim to find out what tips he could offer the rapper.
From Rakim’s perspective, the former Bad Boy protege will likely be unable to leave his rap roots.
“Nah, I think that’s like [NFL star] Mike Vick, you know, he ain’t gonna be able to leave [rap] alone,” Rakim said about Shyne’s return. “And then at the same time, he left so abruptly, you know he got a whole lot to say. The world wanna hear what he’s got to say. So I think he should definitely get back on his grind man and do what he gotta do and you know, good luck brother. Hold your head and everything. Come home and enjoy it my brother, word up.” (SOHH)
Boot Camp Clik‘s Buckshot previously shared his message to Shyne with SOHH.
“My thing with Shyne is, Shyne, when you get out, do the same thing Buckshot did,” he explained. “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)
Shyne was deported to Belize on Wednesday (October 28).
Barrow arrived in Belize at 2:40 pm local time on a Continental flight from Houston escorted by a U.S. Marshall following his deportation from the U.S. after serving almost nine years in a New York penitentiary for his role in a nightclub shooting in New York city. The rapper was processed by local police authorities at the airport’s V.I.P. lounge after which he was welcomed by his father Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, his mother Imeon Myvett and other members of his family and well wishers. Shyne arrived wearing a Harvard Law School sweatshirt, a full head of hair, headphones wrapped around his neck and sporting tzitzis reflecting his conversion to Judaism while in jail. he government closed down the airport’s public waving gallery and attempted to prevent the local media from covering his arrival but enterprising T.V. cameramen managed to get some footage through a chain link fence of Shyne entering the V.I.P. lounge and later exiting the airport. (Belizean News)
Radio personality Miss Info initially broke the details on Shyne’s forced move back to Belize last week.
Shyne’s team is fighting to stay in the US where his mother and his grandmother live and where they raised him….but it seems like he’s going to have to continue the fight from Belize. Shyne will be released from Immigration custody but will then be deported to Belize soon. He has Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree advocating on his behalf in concert with his legal team. They’re still urging fans to reach out to Governor David Patterson‘s office to petition for Shyne’s pardon, but deportation is imminent. (Miss Info TV)
Check out Rakim speaking with SOHH about Shyne below: