Shyne: “Let’S Celebrate This Moment As A Historical Event And A Victory For Hip-Hop…”
After Shyne went to prison in 2001 over a shooting in a New York club, where Diddy was present, the two rappers quickly became enemies. After a messy court case, Shyne was locked away for 8 years, whereas Diddy was allowed to go free...
Shyne previously told MTV News US that the pair spoke over the phone and squashed their beef, before deciding to meet in Paris face-to-face. Staying true to their word, the rappers were seen during Paris Fashion Week, with Diddy tweeting a picture of the pair along with the caption: "Me and Shyne Po front row at Kenzo #ParisIsBurning RT to da world!"
Shyne spoke to XXLMag.com about what the truce meant for hip hop and for the progression against segregation between Black and Latin men in America: "You can’t overstate the cultural significance of what Shyne and Diddy reconciling means. You know I’m about it when it comes to them hammers, thus unfortunately this could have ended like Tupac and B.I.G. But what if Tupac and B.I.G ended like this and reconciled?
"Let’s celebrate this moment as a historical event and a victory for hip-hop and Afro and Latin American men trained to exterminate each other. On a scale of what this says to African and Latin American men, who have been trained to self-hate and to self-destruct, this is a watershed moment."
We should also be expecting some new music from Shyne soon, as the rapper went on to speak about time in jail, saying that he has to adapt back into life at the studio: "I spent 10 years in hell with murderers, all types of degenerates and cats that want to kill you and all types of crazy things, you don’t just come back.
"You got to learn that studio again. For me, it’s taking me a while to find my way around the studio again and get my voice back and get everything back. I can’t wait [for fans to hear the new music], but I got to make sure it’s right because they were waiting for so long and then it wasn’t what it was supposed to be. I’m a million times better than that, though. I think the people are going to roll with it."
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)