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DJ Furious Styles & Shyne Present 25 To Life Plus 9

I remember back when I first heard about this kid named Shyne. Everyone was talking about how he was nice with the rhymes and how there was a bidding war between Russell Simmons and Puff for son’s services. But what everyone really was talking about was how he resembled Biggie on the mic. That right there turned me off. I had no interests in listening to a Biggie sound-alike especially right after the man was buried. But when I finally heard dude freestyle on a DJ Clue mixtape, I was convinced of three things: 1. Dude does not sound like Poppa. 2. Shyne is pretty ill. And 3. Puff is a relentless business man.

Of course Jamal Barrow wasn’t as nasty as the illest and his flow isn’t close to touching the greatest of all time, but homie spits hard ish. Over Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive’ instrumental Po spits, “Pistols and pussy straight from the door/brown paper bags filled with blood money, I need more/too much ain’t enough/high off dust/the greed is never ending/catching bodies, I’m what Gotti was supposed to be – it’s overwhelming/face smothered in cocaine, against all odds/life is what you make it so I made it leaving muthafuckas naked/get excited watching niggas bleed/helplessly, so I kill ‘em, put them out they misery selflessly/all gangsters is dead or in jail except for me.” That’s the kind of shit and imagery that could inspire Scorsese’s next flick.

And while the hood was banging out to the classic, “Bad Boys” the women were melting over “Bonnie and Shyne.” That just proved that he had that crossover appeal that few artists had. That song worked to the kid’s benefit too. That summer I slobbed down many intoxicated women in hood house parties and project jumpoffs thanks to the rhythm of that song. Imagine that Young City “Universe” song would’ve came on instead of that Shyne joint? Those same shorties would’ve thrown they drinks on my face as soon as that “White shirt” line was said.

Sidenote: Barrington Levy doesn’t get enough props for his hooks and style. He was killing it for those few months that Shyne’s singles were on fire. He’s got some pretty dope joints himself. Don’t sleep.

This is a pretty good mixtape for anyone curious about the legend of Shyne and his music. 25 To Life Plus 9 has his best joints, his interviews about the trial that put him behind bars and why he blames Puff, and it even has his infamous 50 Cent diss that he recorded over the phone from the bing. While some complain that his style isn’t all loud and angry on records, he doesn’t need to be. Shyne’s suave and laid back boss steez gives him a more serious tone that make dudes take notice and pay attention to what he’s saying. The question is, will the hipster hip-hop world listen to what he has to say on his records when he comes home this summer and he attempts a comeback? I know I will, but that’s just me, the mixtape OG.

Have a good and safe weekend, y’all. Uno.-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Bad Boys” (It’s cliché, but you can’t argue that it’s a timeless single)

Weakest Joint: “Brooklyn Bitches”

  • Gee

    I admired Shyne because he took the bullet for Puffy, but that being said, I hope what ever he was promised was in writing…ne&goes got short memories.

  • O

    The way he was attacking Puff, i doubt he willingly took the bullet and i REALLY doubt he was promised anything. We’ll find out this summer.

  • kelito-vision

    u know Puff is not looking forward to Shyne’s release this summer….Shyne is going to go crazy wit diss records for whatever remains of Bad Boy

  • O

    I don’t doubt he’ll throw a few darts at Puff, but I wonder if he’ll still go in on 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks. Remember Bank’s freestyle, “Fuck Shyne!”

  • corlione39

    FA SHO I NEVA REELY FELT SHYNE BUT DUDE IZ A LOYAL CAT SAME WIT LIL KIM I H8T THAT BIZZNATCH BUT SHE LOYAL AZ FUCC 2!!! ID HAVE BOF DEM ON MINEZ TEAM NEDAY!!! N FUCC 2 QUARTERZ SHYNE GONNA MURDA THA WHOLE GAY UNIT!!! SORRY G UNOT KILLA

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    I’m sure you’re gonna feel me on this (no homo), O.

    Remember how amped up ‘Pac was after prison. Felt like he was abandoned, all alone, too much time on his hands, & when he got out, it was a wrap, literally & figuratively. Not comparing Shyne to Tupac by any means, just saying.

    I’ve heard/read that Shyne is a different man than he was that night, got time shaved for good behavior & even changed his name, but………

    It’s almost mathematically impossible that Po hasn’t been thinking, plotting, scheming in some way, shape or form about why he’s in his situation. I don’t think he’s going to go in extra on Fif & them, but we’d be fools not to think Shyne ain’t going to have quite a few words for Sean Combs.

    Or maybe I’m just hoping he does. That’s a beef I’m interested in watching….

  • O

    I really don’t care who he goes in on as long as his music is just as good if not better than what it was. We need that good street hip-hop back in the game. Especially that New York sound.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      Word.

      Even if he doesn’t get @ anybody in particular (which is what I think is going to be the case), I would hate to think that he’s not going to come out a better rapper.
      Wow. TI, Shyne, DMX, we got a nice plethora of convicted felon rappers (with talent!!) possibly releasing some good post-lock up music. Lol.

      • O

        Yeah, I really can’t co-sign on X. I mean I love his style and his first album, but homie been fell off. He’s just lost his passion for rapping. But T.I. and Shyne, definitely. They should collaborate on something like a mixtape or an album.