Image #: 12928350    The rapper Shyne answers questions at a press briefing at the world premiere of his short films, "Roller Song" and "The Original" at a press conference in Jerusalem, Israel, January 11, 2011. Shyne, the Sean Combs protege, served almost nine years in New York prisons for opening fire in a nightclub in 1999. Today Shyne lives as Moses Levi, an Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem where he studies Talmud. He will soon release two new albums, "Messiah" and "Gangland" in a joint venture with Def Jam Records.  UPI/Debbie Hill /Landov



Known for his booming voice that many compared to the Notorious B.I.G.'s, Shyne (born Jamaal Barrow) stormed the rap world with hits like "Bad Boyz" and appearances on hot hip hop and R&B tracks. But due to his involvement in the infamous Club New York shooting in 1999, the former Bad Boy artist was sentenced to a 10-year prison term for assault and reckless endangerment in 2001. While incarcerated, the Belizean-born, Brooklyn-raised MC released his second LP, Godfather Buried Alive, which hit number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. It was also in prison that he converted to Judaism and legally changed his name to Moses Michael Leviy. In 2009, he was set free after serving nearly nine years of his 10-year sentence and got right back to the music. He's rumored to be signing to Cash Money Records, especially after being featured on Lil Wayne's "Outro" from Tha Carter IV. Still fighting to get back to the U.S. after being deported to Belize after his prison release, Shyne plans to drop his next album in 2013.