Shyne: Making of the Shyne LP [10-Year Anniversary]

Not many rappers craft their first LPs while facing 25 years in prison. But that was the case for Shyne and his self-titled Bad Boy Records debut, which dropped September 26, 2000, after a very challenging time. Shyne Po faced two major issues during the creation of his inaugural album. First, there was the matter of the Brooklyn MC’s deep-baritone voice, which drew comparisons to the late Notorious B.I.G.’s, a fact that angered some of Big’s most faithful supporters. Then, more importantly, there was Po’s attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal-possession-of-a-weapon charges and eventual trial, stemming from a shooting at Manhattan’s Club New York, where Bad Boy label head Sean “Puffy” Combs was also in attendance.

Though Shyne began coming together at Daddy’s House Studio in 1999, before the Club New York shooting (the premier single, “Bad Boyz,” was recorded first), Po recorded most of the LP after his indictment. The gritty street album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, standing strong among other top-10 rap albums released around the same time, such as Mystikal’s Let’s Get Ready, Nelly’s Country Grammar, Lil Bow Wow’s Beware of Dog and Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP.

Ten years since its release, Shyne remains a truly remarkable album. To celebrate the disc’s 10th anniversary, XXL gathered a few of the key creators to reflect on the Bad Boy classic. Ch-ch-cheaa.

Shyne: Brooklyn MC
Harve Pierre: Brooklyn executive, album A&R and Associate Executive Producer
Nashiem Myrick: Queens producer, member of Bad Boy’s Hitmen production team
EZ Elpee: Bronx producer
Mario “Yellow-Man” Winans: Detroit producer, member of Bad Boy’s Hitmen production team

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    Commission is the ish and That’s Gangsta is my ish.

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  • Ledge

    thats the shyne we want back!

  • tha TRUTH

    classic album, no dought..but he fell off…Damn Shyne Po…get back to ur winning formula and make ur peace with DIDDY

  • Q461

    That album was hot…The songs with Barrington Levy and Thats Gangsta are my shit. Niggaz said Shyne sounds like Big, but I always thought slightly but not as much as that nigga Guerilla Black. Shyne’s new material has been weak, but I’m feelin that Roller Song joint. I got faith that dude can get his flow back and bless us with sme more dope shit.

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  • A.K.

    I might have to go trade in my Diplomatic Immunity 2 to get Shyne 1st album to add to my collection.

  • Harra$$dadon

    That gansta was my block album back then nigga!


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  • Fireforreal

    I thought Shyne was pretty dope back in 2000 but to have the making of this album is a little extreme compared to the classics XXL has covered before such as….2pac all eyes on me,Notorious B.I.G Ready to die and Life after Death,Jay-z resonable doubt and the Blueprint,Dmx it’s dark and hell is hot,Big pun capital punishment, Ice Cube amerikkas most wanted etc… I think the album was for sure a hot album but to be a classic I have to hear people still playing it and still talking about how it helped hip hop from the artist’s and the fans. I’m ready forthe hate but hey it’s just my opinion right ? I feel the hate coming in 5,4,3,2,1 GO

    • Trin

      I was thinking the same thing. Shyne was ok but in way no better than Black Rob. These magazines acting like Shyne was the man when he got knocked like he was tupac or something. Fuck outta here in 2000 no one really gave a dam about shyne it was just a few singles thats bout it. SMH. Stop blowing this mid card ass rapper up its annoying.

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  • the brown

    Yo! Shyne, I been supportn your shit for a bit, but that “Dear America” shit is fucked up. America don’t owe you shit. Our government got us black folk in a pretty bad position but it aint up to them to get us out. It’s up to us. That mentality you have is gonna be the death of you, and you will not be remembered as one of the greats, just another mad muhfucka. Take advantage of your position to help uplift and educate the youth, don’t glamorize your “crazy” lifestyle.

  • Anonymous

    sHyNe 1st album is a Classic.. He just cldnt ovr shadow the B.i.G. Comparison! That Nigga Spoke some sHyt.. Def a Different sounding album 4its Time.. But Hard!

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    They actually covered this shit in detail like it’s a classic! LMFAO!!! Wow. I’m still waiting for them to do this with The Chronic or 36 Chambers. Hell i’ll even settle for We Can’t Be Stopped (Geto Boys) or Ironman (Ghostface 1st joint)

  • Anonymous

    shyne was aight but be real…
    he just like evry other rapper

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