After taking time to reflect, Shyne is talking about he and Diddy’s recent reconciliation in Paris.
In an exclusive statement sent to XXLMag.com, Shyne said the truce between he and Diddy last week during Fashion Week in Paris was more than just a victory for hip-hop. The rapper, who changed his name to Moses Michael Levi in honor of his Jewish heritage, says the pact allowed he and Diddy to potentially avoid the beef to escalate and has positive ramifications on young Black and Latin American men.
“You can’t overstate the cultural significance of what Shyne and Diddy reconciling means,” Shyne wrote. “You know I’m about it when it comes to them hammers, thus unfortunately this could have ended like Tupac and B.I.G. But what if Tupac and B.I.G ended like this and reconciled?
“Let’s celebrate this moment as a historical event and a victory for hip-hop and Afro and Latin American men trained to exterminate each other,” he added. “It’s a new day! L’chaim!!!”
As he touched on, Shyne believes young Black and Latino youth can learn a thing or two from Diddy and him squashing their beef.
“On a scale of what this says to African and Latin American men, who have been trained to self hate and to self-destruct, this is a watershed moment,” the proud rapper continued. “The paradigm shift that’s taking place as the way Afro and Latin American men deal with each other is tremendous. This could be a gigantic step in putting an end to the cycle of hate and violence that is self-genocidal and destroying the minority community by sending fathers off to jail or an early grave.”
Shyne and Diddy’s original fallout stems back from Po serving a prison sentence from 2001-2009 for his role in a 1999 shooting at Club New York, where Diddy and his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, were ringing in the 2000 New Year.
Over the years, though, Shyne began to soften his angst and overall stance toward Diddy and then this past January, when Shyne revealed to MTV News that he and Diddy squashed their longtime beef via a phone call and planned to meet face-to-face in Paris.
Well, the former partners-in-rhyme made good on those plans several days ago, as they sat side-by-side in Paris during Fashion Week. Diddy captured the moment in an Instagram picture, even tweeting, “Me and Shyne Po front row at Kenzo #ParisIsBurning RT to da world!!!!!”—Mark Lelinwalla