Bad Boy Not So Bad



Shyne: “Belize” Ft. Notorious B.I.G.

Bad Boy Records was “bad ass” in the 90s introducing some of the best hip hop, most notably Notorious B.I.G. and Mase. Some might say the artist were really bad boys as the feud between B.I.G. and Tupac led to both artists’ deaths. Since their deaths a lot has changed for the record label. Puffy Daddy had one “amazing” (do I need to explain the quotes?) album, while fellow label mates Black Rob, 112, Faith Evans and Total had their fifteen minutes of fame, and “Like Whoa!” were gone.

Two Bad Boy artists though have redefined themselves. Mase left the record label to become a preacher, only to return to the game (in lame form). Now, Shyne while in prison in honor of converting to Judaism changed his name from Jamal “Shyne” Barrow to Moses Michael Leviy. The recently released rapper from prison talked about converting to Judaism during a recent trip to Israel. No joke.

Regarding the interview, ICEDOTCOM

“I’ve mentioned here before that me and Shyne grew up in the same Flatbush area and during the early to mid 90’s Black Hebrews or “Isrealites” had a very strong influence on the youth (as Five Percenters before them) such as Shyne then known as Indian. The Black Hebrews believe that Black men are the original Jews so Shyne’s transition to Judaism is not surprising to me at all. “

An interesting assessment. Shout out to Ivan for putting me on to this. Bad Boy has been reborn. Is that PC? Oh and for shits and giggles, another cultural phenomenon: Shyne on Twitter chatting with Puff Daddy. I imagine being removed from society for ten years makes Twitter seem like WTF.