Shyne: James Patrick Cooper/Retna
Raymond Fiore
August 23, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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