Deported rapper Shyne has discussed his problems with self-proclaimed “gangsta” rappers and why artists should not try to disguise their rhymes with fictional tales of violence and crime.
Shyne also credited artists like Kanye West and Kid Cudi for remaining true to their raps.
“I don’t let goons take advantage of a square,” Shyne explained in an interview. “I’m just that type of dude. What’s right is what’s right. It’s like, I don’t have a problem with a civilian calling the police when somebody breaks into her crib, a mother saying, ‘Listen man, they got my baby boy.’ But when a dude get in the booth and he’s talking about the life that me and my partners lived, and he’s promoting that, but when real life happens he wants to be a civilian — be what you be. If you ain’t where we from or do what we do, then be that. I love Kanye [West], I love Kid Cudi and all these kids talking that truth they know. That’s their truth. But when a dude gets in that booth and he talks about truth, he testifies, or he’s working for law enforcement — he saying this sh*t’s a hundred, putting it in, but when it comes time, he talking to the cops…” (The Life Files)
Earlier this month, West Coast rapper Game also singled out self-proclaimed “gangsta” rappers.
“All these people thinking they’re gangsta. And after the Rick Ross song [“B.M.F.”] everybody thinking they’re Big Meech again, Larry Hoover,” Game explained in an interview. Nobody really should wanna be that or aspire to be that ’cause you’re gonna end up in a coffin. And trust me, man, most of these rappers, outside of me, 50 [Cent], and maybe Waka Flocka and some other muthaf*ckas, ain’t never felt bullets man, ain’t never had a brush with really actually having your life erased. So a lot of these rappers out here playing, man; that’s just not the message I’m trying to send across no more.” (Complex)
Recently, 50 Cent said rappers were using false tales to create a hardcore image of themselves to fans.
“It’ll just make room for you to impact when [the hardcore] comes back,” 50 assessed. “No one told the world to enjoy that [softer] music temporarily. I think a big portion of why people didn’t want to hear the aggressive content is because the people conveying them were lying.” (MTV)
Despite Shyne’s raps, G-Unit member Lloyd Banks recently clowned the ex-Bad Boy’s new “Belize” song.
“Wackest right now,” Banks asked in an interview on A-List Radio. “Shyne, he’s number one. I don’t know [the name], it’s featuring Biggie Smalls, rest in peace. He’s disrespecting Biggie Smalls man. This record is the worst record, like the worst record…like, wack…I think Game’s ‘Shake’ record, that was super wack. Umm…who else is wack right now? Just put Shyne, the new Shyne [in the list]. ‘After Shyne Has Been Released,’ Google that.” (A-List Radio)
Check out Shyne’s interview below: