Nov 18, 2010

#BDS: Rapper Shyne resurrects his career in Holy Land

Former protégé of Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs who became 'Baal Tshuva' while serving lengthy prison term over famous nightclub incident says, 'Israel ultimate place to be who you are'

The rapper Shyne is singing a new tune: After serving eight years in prison for a nightclub shooting, the former protégé of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has converted to Orthodox Judaism, come to Jerusalem, and is devoting his days to the study of Torah while plotting a musical comeback.

His arrival in the Holy Land caps an unorthodox journey that began in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he grew up and was shot at the age of 15, passed through the high-flying hip-hop universe, and landed him in a maximum security state prison before he was eventually deported to Belize - where his father happens to be prime minister.

"Being in Israel is just the exclamation point," he said Thursday. "This is the ultimate place to be who you are."

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