Shyne And Diddy Patch Up Old Differences Via Phone Call, Meeting In Paris
Former Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne and the label’s top man Sean “Diddy” Combs have been at odds with one another ever since the gruff-voiced rapper faced trial for a 1999 shooting inside Club New York, for which he was eventually convicted of assault and gun possession. After serving nearly nine years in prison, and also levying harsh criticism towards his former boss, it appears that Shyne and Diddy have found a way to reconcile their differences.
During a Skype video call from Paris, the former Jamal Barrow—now legally named Moses Levi—spoke with MTV News about a brief conversation he held with Diddy. While Shyne wasn’t particularly forthcoming about the nature of the conversation, he did share that there will be more talks in the future.
“As far as Puff is concerned, that’s been a long time coming,” Shyne, who had harsh words for Combs shortly after his release from prison, said. “He had reached out to me twice while I was in the pen, but I just wasn’t ready for it.”
Now a practicing Orthodox Jew, Levi still possesses the gritty, street-tinged lingo befitting of a man of his background but his appearance was subdued and a vast leap from his former streetwear. Adorned in all white with a Star of David crest on the lapel of his coat, Shyne revealed that the impetus behind why he sought out Diddy to effectively end their beef was because of a dream about mutual friend and bodyguard Anthony “Wolf” Jones.
“Our relationship wasn’t just business; it wasn’t me just being a rapper on Bad Boy,” Shyne shared. “We had a solid relationship, we had a brotherhood, me, him and Wolf, and I just felt the need to just reach out, because again, he just kept it tall no matter what I said.”
Shyne said that he and Diddy agreed to meet in Paris in a couple of weeks to talk face to face.
Will this mean a musical reconciliation for Shyne and Bad Boy as well?