Rapper Shyne is no longer part of the Def Jam family according to producer Ken Lewis, who worked with him on what was supposed to be his comeback album.
"Well, I mixed 18 songs for the upcoming album and produced two, but he got dropped from Def Jam [Records], and I haven’t heard from him since," Lewis told HipHopDX. "Yeah, that may not be common knowledge. [Laughs] That might get me in trouble. His release date was splattered as May 17 all over the world, but the day came and went, and I never heard from Shyne again. I don’t really know what happened to him, I just know that as far as I’m concerned, I’m not a part of that record anymore."
Former Def Jam President L.A. Reid, inked Shyne to a deal that was reported to be between $1 million and $5 million dollars in February of 2010, just months after he was released from prison, but the record company never saw a return on their investment.
Shyne, who changed his birth name from Jamal Michael Barrow to Moshe Levi Ben-David to reflect his religious conversion to Judaism is now living in Israel.