Deported rapper Shyne has stepped forward to speak on his issues with 50 Cent and why a decision to turn down a G-Unit record deal sparked their seven-year beef.
According to Shyne, a misunderstanding between him and 50 caused them to view one another as rap rivals.
“I don’t talk to kids, my life is too serious for that,” Shyne told radio host Funkmaster Flex. “I’m minding my business, man, I’m tyring to make this music, you dig? When I was out, I was selling records and he wasn’t out yet,” Shyne explained. “When I went in the can–as far as I know–he was talking about, ‘I’ma shoot up the club like Shyne,’ and he was throwing it up. He knew what it was hitting for. I’m unquestionable in the streets. He was trying to get me to sign to G-Unit, and I wasn’t finna that. I wasn’t finna sign to Murder Inc., I wasn’t finna sign to Death Row neither. I was on my Gang Land thing. He just took that the wrong way and started talking reckless.” (Hot 97)
Last summer, 50 phoned in to Shyne’s Def Jam conference call and questioned him for dropping multiple diss tracks aimed at the Unit.
“I’d like to speak with Shyne,” Fif said while recording the session from an office desk. “My name is Sean, I’m right out on Radio One. I called right after Tim Westwood. I’d like to speak with Shyne. Yeah my question, is this Shyne? What’s up, man. Everything’s good. I was just wondering what is your real issue with 50? … The 50 sh*t with Shyne, I think that sh*t is a hoax! I think it’s the way you try to gain attention in some ways because the n*gga ain’t been f*cking with you for 15 years. You’ve been gone for 10 years so you couldn’t have had no issues. Shut up n*gga! Shut up n*gga! Shut up, you’re on a f*cking island! You can’t go to war from a f*cking island! Shut the f*ck up! Shut up! F*ck Shyne! F*ck Def Jam! F*ck everybody! I don’t care you went to jail! I hope you got raped by a pack of n*ggas!” (This Is 50)
Shyne later addressed the prank call and accused 50 of being a stalker.
“Wow. That’s like an all-time low,” Shyne said. “I didn’t know he was so desperate. He’s gone from confidential informant, witness-protection program dude, getting order [of protection] on muthaf—as. Now he’s a stalker. I was in shock. He called up saying he was ‘Jamal from Harlem.’ He didn’t call up saying he’s Curtis Jackson, Hawaii 5-0. He’s a busta. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe he would stoop to that low. Then again, a guy in the witness-protection program, he has no shame…I thought it was somebody who was having a bad day, who wanted to know the situation. It wasn’t until after everything was finished, muthaf—as at Def Jam was like, ‘That was Boo-Boo. That was Hawaii 5-0.’ I was like, ‘No. No.’ Then he put the out, like he was talking reckless. He’s a creep. Any of my comments have been honest comments. These dudes do anything, I don’t give a f—. It never bothered me. The fact that he’s sitting in New York, selling his Vitamin Water, listening to my Ustream. What the f—? You’re stalking me. Go take some steroids. Find something to do.” (MTV)
In early 2010, Shyne dropped his “There Will Be Blood” anti-50 Cent diss.
“The champ is here and not a minute too quickly, like Mike, I’m back to the city to drop 50,” Shyne raps. “Upon my return, I empty the cartridge, got fat while I was gone, now I’ma send you where God is/Ah-hem, let me clear my throat — when you talk to the Feds, spell my name with a ‘y’/I hate rats and chumps, you guys ain’t gorillas, you’re f*cking chipmunks/F-Y-I, I’m the king of the jungle…” (“There Will Be Blood”)
Check out footage of 50 Cent pranking Shyne below: