In preparation for his first album in seven years, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is about to release a new single entitled "King David," scheduled to impact urban radio on April 11. The song will set up the May 17 release of Gangland, the highly anticipated new album from the former Bad Boy rapper.
Gangland will be Shyne's third album, and the first since his release from prison back in October 2009. The Belize-born MC served eight years for the nightclub shooting that took place in 2000 at Club New York in NYC and left two people injured. At the time of the shooting, Shyne was signed to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy label, also present at the club that night. Diddy, however, was acquitted on all charges.
After his release, Shyne converted to Orthodox Judaism and moved to Israel to devote his time to studying his new religion. "Israel is the ultimate place to be who you are," the rapper said.
In a press release for the new album, Def Jam said that Shyne "renews his commitments to social activism and community awareness on the local and international level" with Gangland.
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