(Shyne: James Patrick Cooper/Retna)

Godfather Buried Alive

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Shyne; Producer (group): Gangland

Bad Boy artist Shyne is currently serving a 10-year sentence from a 1999 felony shooting charge, Shyne recorded Godfather Buried Alive in the months leading up to his incarceration – though the disc’s highlight, the seething ”For the Record,” sounds like it was captured via phone from his cellblock: ”This jail only made me much more ruthless,” he spits. Shyne’s Tupac-esque reflections on honor and mortality are penetrating, and suggest there are greater meditations yet to be unleashed.

Originally posted August 23 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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