In 2001, Shyne was incarcerated for an infamous nightclub shooting, which occurred in 1999. While inside he met with several labels, and finally landed on a multi-million dollar deal with Def Jam to release an album of songs he recorded before he went in. His team mixed in recordings he made over the phone from Clinton Correctional and the set, Godfather Buried Alive, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard chart in 2004. After his 2009 release, having served approximately eight years, Shyne's been making his way back to music as slowly as he wants to. He first relocated to Jerusalem and studied the Torah for 12 hours a day, and just recently he independently released a full project, the mixtape Gangland, in 2012.