Saturday, July 30, 2011

Since Being Released from Prison, the Rapper Shyne Is Celibate and Using No Profanity

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Music artist and ex-convict Shyne is apparently done sowing his wild oats. Perhaps it is better stated that when he tried to sow his wild oats, his crop failed horribly, so he decided to give it up. HipHopWiredreports, “After serving nearly 10 years in prison, the rapper was released in 2009, signed a new deal with Def Jam that didn’t start off so well, and was deported to Belize. Nowadays, Shyne who once made a living rhyming about sex, drugs and murder has decided to leave those lyrics in the past.” Providing further insight, TheJC.comreports:

“He says that he had asked for divine help in bringing the world his debut album in which he sings about ‘b*tches walkin’ topless with G-strings.’ In return, he promised to adopt a lifestyle alien to the world portrayed in his music – one without any sexual activity whatsoever. In 2000, as his trial loomed and he feared that the album, Shyne, would be shelved due to negative publicity, he declared to God: ‘You know what? You know how much I love women, I’m going to be shomer habris [refrain from all sexual activity unless married] until this record comes out.’”

That is what brings us to this present day. According to, “For the past nine months, the 32-year-old rapper has been living in Jerusalem under the name Moses Michael Levi and spending 12 hours a day studying religion with Chasidim from the Belz sect.” Due to his new allegiance to the Jewish modesty laws, he says that by 2012 he wants to release two clean music albums — clean as in curse-free lyrics and vixen-free music videos. Shyne told The JC, “While some people might call it a religious epiphany and say ‘he found God’, I say no, I’m just smart.”

Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.

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