Former Bad Boy artist and current politician of Belize; Shyne appeared on recently Drink Champs to discuss his life story!
One of the topics that the hosts were dying to talk about was the infamous 1999 shooting at an NYC nightclub involving himself and Diddy.
As reported by Vibe, Shyne has been very vocal against the CEO in the past. How everything played out between the two. The rapper was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Diddy avoided the prison bid. Having a change of heart, Shyne does not hold any ill will towards Diddy for the situation.
“I don’t really blame that on him now as much as I did then,” Shyne explained to N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. “Because I did go through a stage of bitterness. But in retrospect, I blame it more on the lawyers that were advising him. Because his lawyers were there to secure a ‘not guilty’ verdict by any means.”
Then Shyne pointed out Diddy’s age at the time and how Diddy’s lack of experience in the streets contributed to his decision making.
“He’s a $100 million corporation and they looked at me as the enemy,” he said of Diddy’s legal team and inner circle. “This is how many years ago? This is 20-something years ago. Puff is still young relatively. So he’s much younger then and it’s a lot of pressure. He’s about to lose everything. I’m about to lose everything. I’m from that though. Diddy is a musician, but he wasn’t from that. So his response shouldn’t be expected to be my response.”
He continued, “When your lawyers are misleading you and misguiding you, that’s how everything fell apart. And he said that to me. He said, ‘I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have never listened to those lawyers.’ I forgave him. It was traumatic. I would forgive him and then you might hear me a few months later going in on him. That was over a decade ago and I was in a different space then.”
On Dec. 27, 1999, a verbal exchange between Diddy and a clubgoer turned violent at a midtown Manhattan club. That is when Shyne pulled out a gun and fired shots into the area, wounding three club patrons as a result.
At the time, Jennifer Lopez was then-girlfriend of Diddy, and it made headlines across the media. Eventually, Diddy was found not guilty of gun charges stemming from the shooting, while Shyne was convicted of attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Since being released from prison in 2009, Shyne was deported to his birth country, Belize, and maintained a relationship with Diddy. In an attempt to keep ex-cons from running for office after he was elected, the Leader of the Opposition at the House of Representatives in 2020, Diddy gave him public support.
Shyne says, “Diddy lost it and he got the REVOLT people involved, he got the publicists, he got his legislative friends.” He said, ‘We can’t let this happen.’ Puff, to me, totally redeemed himself.”