CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Oct. 7, 2009: The son of Belize Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, faces deportation back to his country of birth after serving more than nine years in jail.
Jamal Barrow, better known as rapper Shyne, was released from prison yesterday after serving more than nine years for his role in a 1999 New York night club shooting that `allegedly` involved Sean `P. Diddy` Combs and actress Jennifer Lopez.
Combs narrowly missed going to prison on the same gun charges and Barrow ended up taking the fall. But now that he the Belizean-born rapper, who changed his name in jail to Moses Michael Leviy and converted to Judaism, faces a new challenge – deportation.
Representatives for the rapper revealed to MTV News that the Brooklyn MC is being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an unspecified facility in Western New York State. Officials are determining whether or not to deport the rapper, who was born in Belize, a rep explained.
Under U.S. immigration law, a non-citizen who committed a crime faces deportation back to their home land.
The New York State Department of Corrections record show Barrow was released from the Woodbourne Correctional Facility on Oct. 6th is on parole but his release was subject to immigration review. Still fans last night flocked to his Facebook page to `welcome` the rapper home.
Barrow, on his FaceBook page, says he was born to `Dean Barrow, a Belizean Kriol politician (elected as Belizean Prime Minister on February 8, 2008) and a Garifuna mother. `
As a child, he was allegedly spurned by his father due to his illegitimacy and mixed ethnicity. Barrow relocated with his mother to Flatbush, in Brooklyn, New York City at about age 13. He began to sell drugs at a young age and became involved with a variety of dangerous people.
He was shot by a Tec 9 submachine gun in the shoulder when he was 15. In 1998, while Shyne was freestyling in a barbershop, one of hip-hop`s most respected producers, Clark Kent noticed something unique and took him to the Bad Boy studios where producer Combs signed him on the spot. Reports indicate that Shyne received millions of dollars, three cars of his choice and two homes just for signing. The contract also featured more money and a 5-album deal.
Soon after, Shyne was making his appearances on fellow Bad Boy`s hits and was featured on a remix of Total`s `Sittin At Home` track and on Mase`s second album Double Up on the track entitled `From Scratch.` In the same year he was featured on Diddy`s Forever album (Reverse) as well as on a remix of P.E. 2000.
Then on December 27, 1999, Shyne, along with Combs and Lopez, allegedly were involved in a high-profile incident at a Manhattan club which left three people injured and the 21-year-old rapper, whose debut album was pending release, facing charges of attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment.
Shyne managed to release his self-titled debut album in September 2000 but on June 1, 2001, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. While in prison, Shyne released his second album, Godfather Buried Alive (released August 2004). The album was criticized as being incomplete and under promoted by his label, Gangland Records. However, `For The Record,` a diss track directed at 50 Cent as being an informer, was the only track recorded over the phone for the release. He did enjoy one modest hit from the album: `Jimmy Choo,` a song that featured the vocal stylings of R&B singer Ashanti. He is now signed to his own Gangland imprint through Def Jam Recordings.