L.A. Reid Signs Shyne to Def Jam in Belize

Just four and a half months after being released from prison and subsequently deported, 7 News Belize reports that Shyne has inked a multi-million dollar recording contract, bringing his Gangland Records imprint to Def Jam.

Antonio “L.A.” Reid, CEO and Chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, flew down to Belize personally to seal the monumental deal.

“I have come here to stand by Shyne and to officially kick off our partnership with Island Def Jam Music Group and Gangland Records,” Reid told reporters present at the signing at Shyne’s penthouse in Belize. “I am here because great people are worthy of traveling many many miles for it and I come here to say that your country is great and I hope you guys know that this is a great man from your country who deserves this kid of respect and who deserves this kind of support.”

When asked whether of not he was expected a big comeback for Shyne, Reid said “I don’t expect it. I can promise it.”

Shyne mirrored Reid’s enthusiasm, “It is an honor and a pleasure, not just for me but for Belize,” he told the group that gathered for the occasion. “Chairman Reid is on the level of Berry Gordy, Clive Davis, the biggest music men in the history of music, and so to have a partnership with Gangland Records and Island/Def Jam is incredible for me.”

The highly anticipated comeback album is rumored to be recorded in London. —Brooklyne Gipson

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    thats wassup, good 4 him. i can’t put my finger on it, yet, but something about this just doesn’t smell too good. it smells a lil fishy.

    my prediction is, Shyne still won’t have a record out by next year.

  • j

    Proof positive that labels don’t know what the F*ck they are doing. Dude didn’t do numbers when numbers could be done. Hey Shyne, You still wanna be like BIG when you grow up?… SMH, terrible just terrible

  • Isee

    Stories sell. The brother has a hellava story. Wish him well, he kept it gangsta.

  • yeah

    shine should had went to jimmy iv. def has been the same since kevin lyor and russell



  • EReal

    ROFL, he’s deported. WTF is he gonna do big numbers in Belize???

    First Drake, Now This…. what the hell is going on with the labels right now???

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Good for Shyne. Hope Def Jam doesn’t f this up.
    They should let Q-Tip over see his album. Someone like Q-Tip won’t let Shyne release a turd.
    I already know quality control is needed so we get Shynes songs about his struggle and not a buch of half ass freestyles packaged as a mixxtape and like SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN wrote no album till next year.
    Whos L.A. fooling the industry owes it to Shyne for taking a 10 year bid solo. Puff is probly footing the studio time. He should be kissing Shyne on each cheek and asking forgivness for throwing him under the bus.

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk!

      I agree totally.

      Shyne will be in London recording, already that’s a win situation, different market and sound. He can practice his stage show over there, they love reggae-fusion music so he can do his old songs, and they have a different appreciation for music abroad.

      “Whos L.A. fooling the industry owes it to Shyne for taking a 10 year bid solo.”

      ^ Do you smell DEF JAM/LONDON????? S.A.S can be the 1st artist signed…

      • latino heat

        @ Syk!

        i read that they already have a Def Jam UK.

        and seriously, S.A.S.? i always thought they were SUPER wack. no offense to anybody but i just could never take guys rapping about selling dope with British accents seriously.

        • http://www.bboycult.com $yk!

          latino what’s up fam?

          They do have a Def Jam UK, but no DEF JAM in the UK. No Khaleds, Scarfaces or Jiggas at the UK offices. They should have lined Slick Rick up for that spot.

          And S.A.S are good artists, they learned the rap ropes in the streets of Shaolin, thus the Dipset connection. They would be good and that dude who disappeared, Charlie Sloth.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    I smell it…the moment I read London I realize thats the meeting ground since Shyne been deported. He’ll work in the UK till his US papers r good.


    I fux wit most of the rappers on Def Jam, but I hope it isn’t one of those albums where at least 5 rappers/singers on the label are used as features on his album. They have a silly way of doing that shit sometimes.

  • BigCityGzzy

    At least all yall nerd azz hataz aint talkin down on my nicca Shyne Po like yall was when DJ Khaled blessed us TRUE Shyne fans with…Now he paid (not in full,but paid)..Eat yall heartz out hataz!!

  • dbox

    didnt u foos hear his track wit akon and some other cat they posted recently , he sounded like “he had a cock in his mouth ” idk will see if he gets his spit back…

  • jonny bizness

    i hope he does record in london maybe get amy winehouse on his album and susan boyle lol seriously though i hope he comes out firing .american artists are out here every week to collab with plus theres a large jamaican population so he will feel at home

  • latino heat

    did everybody forget that they tried this Shyne on Def Jam thing back in 2004 and it failed miserably? he had a much bigger buzz in 2004 then he does now, had a video with Ashanti, who was hot at the time and the album still flopped. which led to him asking for his release / getting dropped. i forget which one exactly. why would he go back?

    Shyne needs to realize that the game changed a lot in the 9 years he was gone. independent is the way to get paid now.

    also, how is this news when everybody found out about it last week.

  • gkid12345

    He went platinum from a jail cell, flop? LoL learn about the music industry dummy

  • latino heat

    @ gkid

    i know nothing about the music industry? ok.

    and in what magical far away land did that album go platinum? according to Wikipdia the album went gold and even that sounds like a generous number. he might have SHIPPED gold. that doen’t mean he actually SOLD 500,000 cd’s out the store.

    and if that album did sell so well why did they part ways after that album of throwaways that everybody already had? i seem to remember 50 Cent talking a bunch of shit about Shyne and Def Jam for releasing that b.s. album. and fans being pissed off too.

    • Anonymous

      you are an idiot. stop hating on another man.What deal do you have? How much money do you make? GO SHYNE!

  • latino heat

    did you bother reading my 1st comment? all i said is he needs to go indy. majors are wack.

    Shyne got fucked over hard by Puff. yes i’m pulling for him, yes i want him to succeed. he would get way more money on a indy then whatever crumbs Def Jam is gonna break him off. and way more creative freedom. i.e. no forced collabos with Rhianna and Ne-Yo, etc.

    and by the way you didn’t prove any of my points that i made in either of my comments to be wrong. so, next time why don’t you read ALL THE COMMENTS BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR FUCKIN MOUTH! i came with FACTS, you come off like a Shyne dick rider. now who’s the idiot?

  • Power I Bismillah

    Peace to Shyne Po…congrats comrade!

  • DV8

    that was a payoff. The TI’s sent LA to give Shyne some “thanks for taking that L” and “please dont go after Puff” money. Shyne wasnt that nice in the 1st place. remember his initial buzz was about his voice sounding like BIG. that was it.

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