Shyne: Prison Turned Me into a Zombie

The rapper blames 10-year bid for poor musical output.

Posted: 09/05/2012 11:55 AM EDT
Filed Under Music News, Bad Boy, Diddy, Shyne

Resuming your life after 10 years in prison is a daunting challenge for anyone, but doubly so if the life you're trying to resume is that of a rap star. Shyne is continuing his efforts to restore his hip hop career with a new single featuring Pusha-T, but the former Bad Boy rapper admits that returning to music hasn't been easy.

After releasing the new song "Meyer Lansky" yesterday, Shyne took to Twitter to express both his gratitude and ongoing frustrations.

"I thank God to be able to express my emotions thru song!" he wrote. "When I first got out of prison I was a zombie behind the mic!"

Shyne went on to address drastic changes to his voice and delivery since his pre-prison days, a fact on which many observers have commented.

"10 years in prison destroyed my ability to deliver my music!" he said. "I didn’t even realize how much I sounded like a zombie!"

Even though he's not yet back to his old self, Shyne said he wouldn't lose determination.

"Champions don’t stay down for the count," he said. "Champions fight!"

Prior to their collaboration, Pusha-T had shouted out Shyne on his recent single with Kanye West, "New God Flow."

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