The antics of Puff Daddy's drama-startin' protégé and Notorious B.I.G. sound-alike Shyne sent tongues waggin' long before the release of his eponymous debut. Back in December 1999, Shyne allegedly opened fire inside of a Manhattan nightclub and wounded three people. For his involvement in that incident, the 20-year-old could face up to 25 years in prison. In spite of -- or perhaps because of -- the advance hype, Shyne has the unenviable burden of proving his lyrical skills beyond Biggie comparisons and reviving the Bad Boy label's floundering empire. On his self-titled debut, Shyne fails to deliver on his promise to spearhead the next evolution in hip-hop, but he does make charismatic commentary on the plight of enraged urban youth. On the ominous spoken intro, Shyne warns: "Dear America/I'm only what you made me/Young, Black, and f***in' crazy/Reparations is due/And y'all gonna pay." The reggae-tinged lead single "Bad Boyz" sets the standard for the disc's remaining 15 tracks, all of which employ catchy, loop-and-sample production by P-Diddy and his Hitmen. Meanwhile, the digitally chaotic "It's OK" and the melancholy, string-riddled "The Hit" provide the perfect musical backdrop for Shyne's rhymes about social conflict. Whether Shyne will become hip-hop's next big thing remains to be seen. But with a controversial image and lyrics to match, he's off to great start. Neo Brentacious
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this problably is world's best voice, and brings bad boy away from it's wannabee imago, the first time i heard "bad boy" i didn't think of p.diddy and nelly shaking with some hoes, it's pure thugorama, includes great pieces of hiphop "bad boy" "thats gangsta" and "what u gonna do" also check black rob, another great discovery
Shyne with this album brought an unapolagetic, grimey lyrics, over refreshingly dark and ominous beats. The tracks 'That's Gangsta' and 'Bad Boyz' are as close as it gets to radio friendly. Its tracks like 'Whatcha Gonna Do' & 'Let Me See Your Hands' that really excell. Shyne's album brings a gangsta image, that is realer than most the transparent thug wannabes. Simply this album is amazing. See you in 6. Peace.
Shyne got mad skillz i'm really gonna miss him for 8-9 years. When he came rap got spicy with that unstopable heading bopping flow now that he's gone it's like we missing something. He brought a hard core feeling to rap with his big poppa voice. I got mad love for SHYNE. Hang in there Shyne Just do push ups and keep rapping ya feel me.
i loved this album it is great.promises for the future with this gun.