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