Former Bad Boy Records artist Shyne recently talked about finally being able to return back to the United States after getting deported in 2009 and why it is vital to reach Americans face-to-face again.
According to Shyne, he was forced to wait a minimum of 36 months before being able to legally request returning to the United States.
“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)
Back in summer 2010, Shyne reflected on getting banned from America.
“I always knew it was a possibility I might be deported. I had lawyers, and I had people with serious relationships working to get me a f*ckin’ opportunity to continue my life in the place that raised me and developed me and grew me, after payin’ my debt, ya dig?” (XXL Magazine)
Reports of him being held by immigration hit the Internet in early October 2009.
His release is now under review, as representatives for the rapper revealed that the Brooklyn MC is being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an unspecified facility in Western New York State. Officials are determining whether or not to deport the rapper, who was born in Belize, a rep explained. “Shyne is currently in federal custody while his future immigration status is determined,” the rep said in a message to MTV News. Shyne attorney Oscar Michelen emphasized to MTV News on Tuesday afternoon that Shyne has not been released, contrary to media reports. (MTV)
Recently, the Brooklyn-bred emcee talked about his admiration toward ex-boss Diddy.
“The really important thing was just meeting with someone who was like a brother to me, who was like a big brother to me,” Shyne said in an interview. “[He] was a mentor, role model, taught me everything I know about the music business, taught me how to be a champion, taught me how to be undeniable — I owe a lot to that guy.” (Belize 7 News)
Check out a recent Shyne interview below: