Shyne & Young Jeezy Grace XXL’s New Cover [With Video]

You can’t get any realer than this! Shyne and Young Jeezy will both grace dual covers of XXL’s upcoming The Real Street Issue, hitting newsstands nationwide on August 10.

For the September issue, which also marks the magazine’s 13th anniversary, Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Satten traveled to Belize for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Shyne Po. [Watch on page two] During their candid sit-down, which will run as a three part series over the next three issues, the former Bad Boy rapper reflected on his recently wrapped nine-year jail bid, returning to Belize, his return to hip-hip, his devotion to Judaism and his relationship with Sean “Diddy” Combs, his former boss and co-defendant in Shyne’s criminal trial, which stemmed from a shooting at Manhattan’s Club N.Y. in 1999.

SHYNE ON DIDDY
“I don’t know whether he was nervous, afraid,” Shyne says of Puffy. “When you’re afraid and you’re emotional, that’s a different survival tactic. Those are the people that do anything, regardless of character and integrity, to preserve and protect themselves, regardless of who they hurt. I guess maybe that was the situation. Never been in a situation like that, where he facing years, and he got hundreds of millions and all that shit at stake. But where I’m from, doesn’t matter. You lose everything for your comrade. Again, if you’re in battle, I’ll catch a bullet, too. It ain’t like, Yo, he’s dead. Don’t make no sense for me to die, too. Nah, I’ma die, too! So you hope or you take for granted that all men are the same. But I know all men are not.”

SHYNE ON HIS BID
“I looked at bein’ in the pen for 10 joints as my opportunity to concentrate, to get things in perspective. And I never let it devastate me, although it was devastating, because I never thought I was gonna be in jail for 10 years. I thought I was gon’ make a bail. I thought I was gon’ get my shit reversed. I’m terribly optimistic.”

SHYNE ON RETURNING TO BELIZE
“I always knew it was a possibility I might be deported. I had lawyers, and I had people with serious relationships working to get me a fuckin’ opportunity to continue my life in the place that raised me and developed me and grew me, after payin’ my debt, ya dig?”

In XXL’s other cover with Young Jeezy, Da Snowman explains the long delay behind his new album, TM 103, which now has a release date of September 28.

YOUNG JEEZY ON NEW PROJECT
“I’m doin’ what any nigga would do on his fourth album. I’m gettin’ it together. I’m not just gon’ give you anything, to be hot and relevant. That don’t make sense. That’s like telling a muthafucka anything just to get it done. I’ma be straight up with you, so when you walk away, even if you ain’t satisfied, I kept it real. I kept it 100. And that’s the way I feel. I wouldn’t even call it the top of my game. I’m just really figuring out the music shit.”

In addition to stories with Shyne and Jeezy, XXL marked the mag’s 13th anniversary by rounding up 13 of the most hardcore MCs to discuss rap’s current lack of authenticity in hip-hop and investigate the current status of beef and battling in rap. Also there are special tributes to the 10th anniversary of Shyne’s self-titled debut and the fifth anniversary of Young Jeezy’s debut album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101.

Be sure to pick up the XXL’s September issue on August 10. —XXL Staff

Turn to page two to view the covers and footage of Shyne in Belize.

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    • Meet Love

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    • GetItIn513

      wtf Shyne?? is XXL this guy is dead he sucks fuck him why does he deserve the cover??? he aint shit. When Jadakiss dropped “The Last Kiss” he didnt get shit an that album was/is fire. XXL needs to step they’re game up. fuck Shyne! Big ups to Jeezy tho all day. Should of gave the cover to Ross or Drake he sold half a mill in a week where is his props? Shyne wont even sell 50,000 when he drop if he even does drop. XXL im disapointed man. Fuck Shyne

      • Anonymous

        fuck you

      • Anonymous

        Shyne did his time and kept it real by not snitching.He did 10 years in the pen while most peeps would rat out to avoid doing 1-3 years ya dig

    • tt

      U know what its people like U! Who will serve to make him better.You use such fowl language about a man u obviously know nothing about yet you can find the space and time in you obviously empty head to fill yourself with such vial hate and misunderstanding. I feel sorry for you and anyone who agrees with you! another mans pain should not be your please another mans succes should be yours to. I understand your type and your mantality your ignorent and not a very inwardly happy person. I pray for you , puffy, shine and anyone else who has the misfortune of having to deal with situations that can ruin a persons life. I pray GODS blessings over you that you may find the wisdom to use your words in a more positve up lifing Way> God Bless U!

  • Port Lyfe

    That boy Jeezy look like he got the old school jewelry on lmao thats my nigga tho!

  • these posts are racist

    Shyne just doesn’t understand the legal system. It is an adversarial system. Co-Defendants almost always have seperate lawyers. By law, and legal ethics an attorney must fight zealously for his client and when his client’s interests conflict with a co-defendant’s interests, seperate counsel is often mandated by the court. This is real life, not real talk. Street Code vs. Legal System.

    Puffy did nothing wrong.

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  • Worley

    That Shyne cover is tough.

    • I REIGN SUPREME

      Word.

  • i’m at work and bored

    “The Last Real Rapper Alive”

    When did XXL become a comedy magazine?

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    SMGDH @ the Kat Stacks front cover love.

    Sheesh…

  • i’m at work and bored

    Instructions: HOW TO BECOME THE LAST REAL RAPPER ALIVE.

    Steps:
    1. Imitate a Fat Lazy phony named Piggie Smalls.
    2. Become Puffy’s bitch boy/bag handler.
    3. Shoot someone inside of a night club for no reason especially when you already know people are watching because diddy Pop is around.
    4. Get ass fucked in Jail
    5. Come out of jail, switch your rapping style to a another phony rapper like THE GAME
    6. Diss 50 Cent
    7. Juggle LA Reid’s nut sack.

    Follow all these steps and you will also be the next REALEST RAPPER ALIVE.

    • the idiot thats at work and boredd pussy

      wtf!!!
      shyne got a bid for 10 years and never ratted nobody out the court even said if shyne talked he would of had a chance of not doing time all!

      so i guess ur stupid ass suppourts snitches i guess from that lame comment!

      second of all when shyne and puffy were at the ny club a guy with stacks of money threw it a puffs table and pulled out a gun shyne reacted and started shooting!the court found more then 10 different bullet casings!

      so “for no reason”ur stupid ass is just blabbing ur mouth>practice what u preach fuckin idiot!!

      he dissed 50 cause 5ocent dissed him like a bitch while shyne was locked up casue he heard rumors of shyne siging with murder ink!

      la reid joke????r u serious or just playing stupid ima go 4 juts playing stupid!!!

      • i’m at work and bored

        and you must be the jackass at XXL who suggested the title “THE LAST REAL RAPPER ALIVE”

        snitch this, snitch that… blah blah blah. Let me ask you a question. So when 2PAC told the world that Buffy and Piggy set him up, was he snitching?

        and what the hell is shyne bringing out his gun have to do with the fact this bitch can’t rap for shit?

        clown ass

    • dNG

      i remember they use to talk shit similar like this about PAC…Thank God 4 professional asses like yaself tho..without yall the few thats chosen who u wish 2 be reason y u browsin dem on the net couldnt bring out the best in themselves to entertain us all,,this world would be so flat lined n lame!

  • beaver

    do u see the front cover love..

    waka..jim jones..birdman..kat fuckin stacks???
    wtf..
    fuckk xxl..ya fuckers aint hiphop no more..
    sell outs..THE SOURCE PART2..SMFH

    why does some1 like shyne deserve a cover?
    give it to slaughterhouse em j. cole..some1.
    why shyne?wtf has he done lately to get any recognition..??shit besides som whack freestyles.

  • Face Phoenix

    “Rap’s current lack of authenticity…” – Really? Those are two words that rarely go together. Give it a rest. It’s entertainment and it’s been that way for a long time. Keeping it real is the biggest farce plaguing rap music today. That discussion should be mighty short.

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  • 03SP

    Why on earth is Shyne on the cover? How much did Def Jam pay you to put him up on there when he lost all of relevance as soon as he dropped those bs freestyles.

    But 4get all of that. When i looked at the Shyne cover along with the names Kat Stack, Gucci Mane, Jim Jones and Waka Flocka Flame printed on the side just made me think that this was one of them XXL A Cover I Will Never See edition. But I guess you dudes are serious with this nonsense.

    Elliot needs to come back cos you dudes are just following Ozone Magazine and all of them other down south magazines by giving exposure to these self confessed non-rappers.

    And which one of you dudes is smashing Kat Stacks cos if you ain’t and you are giving that biatch exposure then you need to killl yourself lol.

    • DV8

      ^^^^^^^^this shit right here nigga, this shit right here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Its crazy because Vanessa came up under Elliott and to see her take the magazine to borderline Tiger Beat is sickening.

      Yall need to take down that hiphop on a higher level banner off the mag like you did the website because its not true anymore.

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        “When i looked at the Shyne cover along with the names Kat Stack, Gucci Mane, Jim Jones and Waka Flocka Flame printed on the side just made me think that this was one of them XXL A Cover I Will Never See edition.”

        “And which one of you dudes is smashing Kat Stacks cos if you ain’t and you are giving that biatch exposure then you need to killl yourself”

        ^

        • Anonymous

          shut up we luv it!! hatter u probably suckin puffs!!!!!!!!!!!!! need i say more

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  • 4 tha gay guy i’m at work and bored

    u must suck dick..u fuckn snitch

    • i’m at work and bored

      ahahahaha, yeah good comeback. must of took you hours to come up with that one huh?

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  • I’m at work and bored

    “Its crazy because Vanessa came up under Elliott and to see her take the magazine to borderline Tiger Beat is sickening.

    Yall need to take down that hiphop on a higher level banner off the mag like you did the website because its not true anymore.”

    co-sign

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  • Dumb ass niggaz

    yo yall sum stupid ass bird ass niggaz. this nigga out the box and yall disrespectin this man fucc outta here. Yo what rappers do yall listen to?? don’t talk about “real shit” and what he did if u aint never been in a situation like that and the rappers u listen to aint real. real nigggaz respect this nigga the streets feelin this nigga. SHYNE you got my support.

  • Anonymous

    Omg I dont even know why I am reading these hateful comments maby it is because I am a Mom and I wasnt as lucky as Shane Mom to have got his son Back in Belize we should all know God work in mysterious ways I know that young man is going to make it in this world because first of all he was raise by a Belizean Woman and what happen with him should make us all mad but he did took it as a man and serve his time all I have to say Shyne Keep your head up son and always keep your Faith and trust in God and no man I will be praying for you God Bless you today and always.

  • Jointski

    Shyne did his time. Should he have served 10 years? NO! I’ve seen murderers get less time. To even punish him after the crime with deportation was just the legal system screwing a black man even more. Puff as his co-D should have taken more care of him, paid for better lawyers and visit my man in the joint. I don’t think that happened. Shyne is talented and getting this deal is redemption. There is a big world out there and America is not the only place to live and be successful. Money means nothing! Loyalty is priceless.

  • Jointski

    Shyne did his time. Should he have served 10 years? NO! I’ve seen murders get less time. To even punish him after the crime with deportation was just the legal system screwing a black man even more. Puff as his co-D should have taken more care of him, paid for better lawyers and visit my man in the joint. I don’t think that happened. Shyne is talented and getting this deal is redemption. There is a big world out there and America is not the only place to live and be successful. Money means nothing! Loyalty is priceless. Belize G.

  • God is always watching

    I am so with you on that Jointski who knows the best thing they might have done for Shyne is Deport him he is going to Rise wherever he is his name is Shyne and his light will shine wherever he is nobody body cannot take his Talent from him and me as a Beliezean Mom we always try our best to bring uu our Children right and we will survive any way he will always be in my thoughts and Prayers he is a strong Young man he got my Blessing and God have his back.

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    Shout out to all the HATER….(like the one bored at work) Brooklyn Stand Up

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