In but so many words, rapper Shyne, who is fresh off of a 10 year prison sentence, told his former mentor Diddy, “F**k you!!” Shyne told Rolling Stone that Diddy turned his back on him during their 1999 trial by hiring lazy lawyers to help defend him. Diddy escaped a guilty verdict, while Shyne was sentenced to 10 years in prison. And the former Bad Boy recording artist says he was shocked when he heard Diddy on the radio talking about how he had spoken with him and reporting that he was in “good spirits.”
Diddy’s publicist had no comment on Shyne’s legal woes Tuesday, but the mogul recently told Hot 97 that he spoke with Shyne in prison.
“He sounded like he was in good spirits,” Diddy said. “I know he can’t wait to get home. I know he is definitely going to heat the whole scene up. He was definitely one of the talented young artists that I had the pleasure to work with.”
Shyne says he never spoke with Diddy, nor does he intend to unless Diddy changes his act.
“I want it known that this supposed conversation is a figment of Sean Combs’ imagination,” he says in a statement. “He never spoke with me, he never visited me nor would I ever accept a phone call or visit from him. The only way I would do either of those things would be if he stepped up and did the right thing for the victims of the incident.”
Shyne’s father, Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, reportedly wrote to NY Governor David Patterson and asked him to pardon his son (born Jamal Barrow) so that he is not deported from the country and forced to return to Belize. Shyne, who is currently in the custody of U.S. Customs, was sprung from prison Tuesday after serving 8 years behind bars. Shyne was born in Belize but grew up in Brooklyn with his mother. His father wants to make sure he’s able to remain the U.S. to continue his rap career.