Written by Cyrus Langhorne sohh.com
Shyne recently gave a motivational speech to roughly 400 international inmates on his time behind bars and taking responsibility for the actions which resulted in a prison bid.
From Shyne’s perspective, it is important for inmates not to follow the popular negative trends within the jail system.
“I didn’t blame nobody else for my mistakes,” Shyne told a room of inmates. “It wasn’t my co-defendant’s fault that I shot somebody in the club, I take responsibility, I did that sh*t, it was a terrible mistake and I moved on. So that’s what I challenge you guys to do. Don’t blame the C.O., don’t blame the police — you have to take accountability for your actions and you have to decide what your future is gonna be. You can’t be following what this one say and that one say, I spent 10 years in the cooker — it’s a lot of gang bangers in New York, I didn’t bang because I’m universal. I’m a boss — I mess with everybody. I had the Italian mafia, John Gotti’s boys, I sit down and break bread with them. I had the Irish n*ggas, the Spanish n*ggas, the point I’m trying to make to you is that you have to be a boss. And I started this when I was young.” (College Essential)
Promising to not make any excuses, Shyne took full responsibility for any wrongdoing he had done in the past in a separate media conference.
“Nobody’s perfect,” Shyne explained during a press conference. “A lot of us grow up in imperfect situations as myself and our lives continue to be imperfect but there are no excuses. President Obama didn’t make excuses, Governor Paterson over there in New York who’s a blind man and first African American governor didn’t make excuses…I make no excuses, I hold myself accountable for the mistakes I’ve made in my life but that’s the end of me or anyone. You make mistakes and the point is to transform those mistakes and that’s what I’m trying to do…I makemusic about life.” (World Star Hip Hop)
Game recently mentioned some career advice he received from Shyne.
“I talked to him for about an hour,” Game revealed in an interview. “Just about his well-being and both of our next moves. What I thought he should do and he listened and held me on my thoughts and he gave me a lot of insight on my career and what he thought of my career from the several years while he’s been locked down. He’s the reason why I’m not ready to jump into beefs and controversy today because he kind of shed light on some different situations and it gave me a different perspective. Which is one that I respect being that he’s been behind those bars. So we just chopped it up about life and issues and each other, man.” (Complex)
Diddy also touched on Shyne earlier this month and called for him to be allowed back into the United States.
“The overall feeling at the end of the day, a lot of people have always asked questions, I’ve never had any problem with Shyne,” Diddy explained. “I’ve never had any problem with him, I was looking forward to him coming home and just getting out here and letting people see what I saw. I think it was cut down too early, people never got a chance to see what I saw. The thing that bugs me out is people forget what was going on at the time, y’all was throwing so many stones at me telling me how Shyne sounded like Biggie. All the cats up here at [New York radio station Hot 97] was throwing stones at me and I was telling them, ‘Nah, the kid got something special.’ At the end of the day, when everybody go to jail, a lot of people jump on the bandwagon and it was beyond that to me…I never wish bad on anybody, I only wish somebody the best and I hope he gets to come back to the United States, he did his time and deserves to come back.” (Hot 97)
Check out Shyne speaking on his time behind bars below: