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Jammin
12-15-2011, 07:26 AM
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(AllHipHop News) Rapper Shyne has revealed he is leaving his past filled with “misogyny,” behind and is no longer steeped in the Hip-Hop music that made him famous.

The rapper, who is equally well known for his involvement in the Diddy and J. Lo nightclub shootout 12 years ago, is leaving his past behind.

“I don’t even want to be a rapper,” Levi said in the interview with Time Magazine’s online publication Global Spin. “I don’t listen to that music. I’m a musician. I’d rather be like Bob Marley or Leonard Cohen, one of those guys.”

These days Shyne, who now goes by Moshe Levi, spends his days studying the Torah, has rapped at fundraisers for terror victims and the Israeli military.

He’s even rapped about solar power at the opening of an alternative energy plant in the Israeli desert.

“Totally philosophical and sophisticated,” he told Global Spin. “No misogyny. None of that deranged stuff I used to be into”

In addition, Moshe Levi has hopes of developing a youth center in Belize and among other things, a college tour in the United States, given he is granted approval from the State Department.

In related news, Shyne recently made headlines for his collaborative song “Miracle,” performed with fellow Judiac Hip-Hop artist Matisyahu, who recently cut his signature beard.

Jammin
12-15-2011, 07:28 AM
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Shyne-ing in Jerusalem: How One Rapper Saw the Light and Moved to Ultra-Orthodox Judaism


Doing his time for firing that pistol in the nightclub with Puff Daddy and J. Lo a dozen years ago, the rapper known as Shyne experienced a jailhouse religious awakening. The faith he says changed his life involved embracing his heritage as a black man, forswearing destructive behaviors, covering his head and taking a new name. Yet it had nothing to do with the Nation of Islam. The former Jamal Michael Barrow, a.k.a. Shyne, a.k.a. Shyne Poloeniut, now answers to Moshe Levi. He spends his days studying Torah and striding through the Old City of Jerusalem in the long tailored coats favored by Hasidic Jews, sidelocks a-bob and a rabbi’s lecture booming on his iPad.

“An African in America who’s pretty famous in African-American culture, you would think would be drawn to Islam, or maybe Christianity,” he says, in the lobby of the King David Hotel. “But I couldn’t convert to something I’m not. Islam just didn’t make sense to me. I come from the ultimate truth.

“European Jews are not the only Jews.”

It helps, he says, that his parents descended from Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition, finally settling in Central America, where his father — a once-estranged figure in his life — is Prime Minister of Belize. Levi grew up with his mother (an Ethiopian Jew), who left for Brooklyn where she cleaned houses while he learned thug life. The rites of passage never included a citizenship, however, so in 2009 he was deported after serving nine years for opening fire in the Club New York, wounding three. He already had a record deal with Def Jam but he notes that “a million or two goes pretty quickly. It costs to make records.” He also had a penthouse suite in Mexico City, where he found a community of Jews as observant as he’d become “in the can.” “Still,” he says, “it was like, ‘Where am I going to spend Rosh Hashanah?’’’

So in 2010, he moved to Jerusalem, where Moshe Levi both fits in and doesn’t. Race is only part of it. Israeli Jews come in all shades, from the Falash of Ethiopia to the pinkest German Ashkenazi. When it comes to religious observance, however, skin color generally signals less than attire. The round felt hat, formal suit and high white stockings Levi sports is the uniform of the Ultra-Orthodox, Jews who dress in the clothes of 18th century Eastern Europe for a reason: They take great efforts to form communities removed from a modern world riven with degradations like television, the internet and, yes, rap music. As a group, they are also the poorest Jews in Israel, families often subsisting on welfare while the husband spends the day studying scripture.

That’s not Levi, who doesn’t actually read Hebrew. “I’m more of a doer than a reader,” he says.

Nor does he follow a particular rabbi, another Ultra-Orthodox norm. “I definitely try not to get into the whole gang affiliation thing,” Levi says. If on some days he wears a striped suit, other times flat black, it’s because he admires the traditions. He also jets up to Paris for Fashion Week.

“I don’t really have time to figure out their thing. I have my thing.”

His thing is not Zionism, the ideology that brought Israel into existence as a state. “Absolutely not,” Levi says. “I just said I’m absolutely not into sects or gangs. I love all human beings.”

His thing is music. As Shyne, he has completed two unreleased albums, Gangland and Messiah. Both are rap, but “totally philosophical and sophisticated,” he says. “No misogyny. None of that deranged stuff I used to be into” a decade or so ago, as a protégé of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs at Bad Boy Entertainment. He was with Combs and his girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Lopez, when the ruckus broke out in the Club New York. Combs and his bodyguard were also tried but acquitted.

“I don’t even want to be a rapper,” Levi says at one point in the interview. “I don’t listen to that music. I’m a musician. I’d rather be like Bob Marley or Leonard Cohen, one of those guys.”

This is the part of the “transformation” that Levi, or Shyne, or Barrow grows most emphatic describing. By his own account totally rehabilitated and reformed, he is launching a campaign to be allowed back into the United States. “He has an uphill battle” says his immigration attorney, Michael Wildes. Conviction on an aggravated felony effectively bars an alien for life. But rare exceptions are made for “outstanding talents” who demonstrate the good they can do outweighs the bad they’ve done. Wildes’ father successfully represented John Lennon against deportation; the son was representing Amy Winehouse.

In Israel, Levi has performed at fundraisers for terror victims, the Israeli military and rapped about solar power at the opening of an alternative energy plant in the Israeli desert. He talks of plans for a youth center in Belize and a college tour in the United States, if the State Department can be persuaded. “The hip-hop culture is not a philanthropic culture,” he notes. “I’m not pointing the finger at them, all I’m saying is: I am a giver.”

The rap star has lined up impressive character witnesses, including Harvard Law Professors Charles Ogeltree, a friend for years, and Alan Dershowitz, a vociferous advocate for Israel. But Wildes says U.S. officials will be skeptical of his client’s claims of a new life, including his a la carte, decidedly unorthodox approach to at least the trappings of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. “It’s almost like he’s Joseph in the Biblical text,” says Wildes.

Says Levi: “It’s not about how much Torah I know and what rabbi I’m following, It’s about what I’m doing with the information.”

Read more: http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/12/14/shyne-ing-in-jerusalem-how-one-rapper-saw-the-light-and-converted-to-ultra-orthodox-judaism/#ixzz1gbrjGQER

Jammin
12-15-2011, 07:30 AM
Sickening Racism: Anti African Rally In Telv Aviv Caught On Tape!

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JASPER BEARDLY
12-15-2011, 08:32 AM
I want to hate on him because of the self comparison to bob marley and the pics, but it sounds like hes doing some good in the world, so I can't hate at all.

the first pic is hilarious

RADIOACTIVE MAN
12-15-2011, 09:26 AM
yea..really nice to hear he is trying to help make a difference

Jammin
12-15-2011, 10:08 AM
These days Shyne, who now goes by Moshe Levi, spends his days studying the Torah, has rapped at fundraisers for terror victims and the Israeli military.


i hope you will help your palestians brothers too shyne ...

check two
12-15-2011, 10:17 AM
I like the verse he did in the environmental song about the amount of methane gas that fat girls give off.

theheavens
12-15-2011, 07:05 PM
killah priest better step up his game. he's still with the Black Hebrew Israelites

EAGLE EYE
12-15-2011, 07:38 PM
sounds like a perfect time to stop reporting on his activities

journalists can move on

CEITEDMOFO
12-15-2011, 09:00 PM
GOOD THAT HE STOPPED RAPPING HE SOUNDED LIKE HE SUCKED COCKS IN JAiL

DUDE IS A FUTURE TERRORIST

theheavens
12-15-2011, 09:15 PM
I guess nobody's gonna be complaining about him not releasing those two albums he promised, but it would've been interesting to hear. if he was actually a good MC this would be big news. his debut album only had like two good songs in it. and his voice sounded too much like biggie. it's worse than action bronson sounding like Ghost

june181972
12-17-2011, 09:02 AM
Sickening Racism: Anti African Rally In Telv Aviv Caught On Tape!

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I hope Shyne is still ready and willing to bust his guns like he did in his Brooklyn days after watching this video.

Dress how you want to Moshe Levi, but you'll still only be a nigger to people like these in this video.

LMAO @ 1:55 in the video "The Jewish nation lives"
That bastardized stolen nation
The Germans executed the holocaust, the Germans should have had to relinquished that land for reparations. They tried Uganda and Argentina before they pillaged Palestine. No justice in that process

LMAO "The Jewish nation lives"
Only because of the billions on top of billions of dollars and military aide from the U.S.A.

P.S. : That Shyne album was pretty good. Some real live gangsta music. He really didn't sound like B.I.G. that much

check two
12-17-2011, 10:32 AM
^^
Are you still dating that Jewish girl?