Shyne - Shyne Rekindles Friendship With Combs
Rapper Shyne has finally settled his differences with former mentor Sean Combs, 13 years after a club shooting left their friendship in tatters.
The hip-hop star, born Jamal Barrow, was convicted of first degree assault and reckless endangerment relating to the 1999 incident in a New York club, which saw Combs and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez facing police questioning in the aftermath of the crime.
Shyne had little contact with Combs as he served eight years of a 10-year sentence for the charges, but the rapper, who walked free from prison in October, 2009, has now made amends with his old pal over the phone.
He tells MTV News, "As far as Puff (Combs) is concerned, that's been a long time coming. He had reached out to me twice while I was in the pen (penitentiary), but I just wasn't ready for it."
Shyne, who has since converted to Judaism and changed his name to Moshe Levi Ben-David, admits his past rants about Combs have been unwarranted as the music mogul has always tried to patch up their troubled friendship.
He says, "In retrospect, when you looked at the way he handled it, he held it down, he wore it. He ain't (sic) had nothing (bad) to say (about Shyne); always had good things to say. It was always, 'Yo, whatever Shyne need, we got him.'"
Now the two stars are planning to meet for the first time in over a decade.
Shyne adds, "I just feel real good about moving on with our relationship. Me and son(Combs), we gonna get together in Paris - I'm in Paris right now. We gonna get together in a couple of weeks, and we gonna sit at the roundtable."