Shyne : Godfather Buried Alive

Bad meaning pretty good

After taking the rap for an NYC nightclub shoot-out involving his former boss P Diddy, a stint behind bars hasn't stopped this enterprising MC. He may be incarcerated, but Shyne is taking no prisoners on his second album. Even when dropping clunkers like trying to rhyme "prams" with "bombs" (clue: it doesn't), there's something in the Brooklynite's brutally spit street poetry that is compelling. The G-funk of 'Here With Me' and the Foxy Brown-featured 'More Or Less' (produced by über-cool Kanye West) are a mere backdrop for the main man's metaphors of snitches and social ills to shine through.

The beats may be basic and the quality fuzzy – the bullet-ridden basslines of the 50 Cent diss, 'For The Record' sound like they were recorded over the prison phone – but there are diamonds among the dirt. As Fiddy morphs daily into his arch-enemy Ja Rule, it's apparent that Shyne, with a bit of polish, may emerge from the nick as the new king of New York.

Amy Liptrot
5 / 10

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