Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 4:22 pm
I make no excuses “Shyne” told the students at Wesley College in Belize. In his first press conference that was covered by Belize news since his release. Shyne was accompanied by his legal advisor Professor Charles Ogletree when he opened up for the first time when he talked to the students at a 9 a.m assembly about taking their education serious, the changing of his name, religious beliefs, recording career and future plans.
“I came up on the streets with guys that gang banged and were into criminal activity and those tools never worked. Those tools, you either end up spending the rest of your life in prison or sleeping in a grave for the rest of your life. But with the tools that you are getting here as far as education is concerned, that is the ultimate tool and with that tool you can transcend any situation because I am just like you, you dig……….As Shyne, I think they want to hear what I have to say and what I do have to say is not, ‘listen man I am on a gangster roll.’ No listen, look what gangster roll got me. Look where it led me. And I am not telling you what to do because I am not a preacher and I am not everybody’s father but I am exhibit A of what’s going to happen if you don’t stay in Wesley College, you dig. If you don’t go to that sixth form, if you don’t try to go to the university you’re going to spend the rest of your life in the cooker or you’re going to be in the grave. That is what this is about…………….. There was no conversion to Judaism. This is a hereditary thing in my ancestry. As you know many Africans throughout Central Africa, East Africa come to Belize. You have Stann Creek and Manatee, you have old Africans there. So this is not a conversion but nonetheless in life you are what you are and that is who I am. I don’t want to be like Michael Jordan, I want to be like Moses or King David or King Solomon. Those are the guys that I aspire to be like. I didn’t want to be like the kingpin on my block, I want to be like the guy that part the seas. That is the reason why I took that name because my life is one big red sea…………Listen people sell tens of millions of records outside of the States. Quite frankly the Euro is stronger than the dollar right now. So I will make far more money in Europe and in Japan and throughout the world than I would make in the States……….I would like to make that type of contribution, that kind of Marvin Gaye contribution, you dig, but at the same time we curse, at the same time life is violent, life is troublesome sometimes so don’t expect my music to be sanitized. I am just going to talk about what’s going on in the world.”
It was reported that when Shyne was asked what he was going to do for the rest of the day he indicated that he was heading to the studio to record some new music. Allegedly word around Shyne’s camp is that he may get a visit from Brooklyn’s own Shawn “Jay-Z ” Carter. Who knows he did make reference to having Hov’s number in his Iphone.