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Complete coverage: Diddy and Shyne on trial

Shyne: Quiet Storm

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Though Shyne's faith was tested once he went to prison, he's found inner peace. He believes the Lord has been touching him and showing him his true purpose. Chief among his blessings is that he has been able to write a whole career's worth of material in his head.

"Not just songs," he emphasizes, "I'm talking about I got albums, man. Sequenced, songs one through 12, just like Godfather Buried Alive. It's just been an organic process, you dig? Sh-- just comes to me, they just become songs, hooks and everything. It just happens, and then I write them down 'cause obviously I can't go into the studio. When all that started happening organically, I understood that I have been given all the power I need. This is what I'm here for."

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Coming to terms with what he feels is his true purpose has helped Shyne douse the flame that once burned in his soul with the vengeance of an out-of-control forest fire. If you would have asked three years ago who was the man behind him going to jail, he wouldn't have said the Most High. He would have told you the most fly, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Surprisingly, there's no mention of him on Godfather Buried Alive.

"He doesn't really matter to me," Shyne, sitting upright in his chair, says. "There'll be more records, and it's gonna be a constant growth. But for what this was, I felt I captured everything that I wanted to capture at the time. I've moved on, in a sense. When I overcame the 'Why?' and I understood the 'Why?,' then it's like I removed the blame from him and understood there was no one to blame because this was ordained.

"It's like with Jesus, when Judas did what he did, Jesus told Peter that he was Satan, his own disciple. He said, 'You're Satan, get behind me and let Judas do what he was suppose to do.' And that's how I look at that guy. He did what he was supposed to do. It was ordained for that entire situation to go down the way it went down."

Still, Shyne will tell you that Diddy's behavior at the trial was a betrayal. The mogul's only concern was saving himself, Shyne says, insisting that Diddy's lawyers called on witnesses they knew would hurt Shyne's defense.

Defense witness Charise Myers testifies as Shyne and Puffy look on
Specifically, Shyne recalls the testimony of Charise Myers, a Club New York security guard who said she fell on top of Sean Combs during the melee. Myers also gave an account of seeing Shyne get into an altercation with Matthew "Scar" Allen — who was determined to be the antagonist in the incident — and then firing shots in the air first.

"How do you call a witness to testify against your comrade?" wonders Shyne, who called Myers' testimony more damaging than any witness the prosecution called. "That don't make no sense. I'm telling you this woman is lying and you're saying, 'Eh, you know, well, she's helping me.' But I'm facing 25 years and you're looking at probation. You don't have to hold my hand, you don't have to do nothing, but don't try to hurt me. That's intentional, when I tell you that she's lying, when every witness that you call said that they didn't see her where she said she was at."

"Clearly," says Diddy, "I did not force anybody or tell anybody to tell anything that would hurt Shyne's case. I wouldn't do that. That would not be my intent. There would be no reason for me to work against my co-defendants. I take that as an offense. I'm not gonna be nobody's scapegoat. All of us went through hell with the situation. I pray to God one day we'll be able to move from this. I'm not forgetting about Shyne. Any support that's needed, we here at Bad Boy are here for him."

  "I did not force anybody or tell anybody to tell anything that would hurt Shyne's case."
Shyne contends that Combs' support is exactly what landed him in jail. He says that since his trial lawyers — Murray Richman and Ian Niles — were indirectly on the Bad Boy payroll, they worked halfheartedly in defending him, so that Combs would look innocent.

"I went to the judge like three times complaining about inefficiency with my lawyers, 'cause they was just dumbing out," Shyne says. "Witnesses would be on the stand and they'd ask them two questions that didn't make sense and then sit down. Murray Richman had no investigator for the entire year, no crime scene expert, no forensic expert. We don't want to be Monday morning quarterbacks, but I knew something was wrong. It was obvious that they were selling me [out] in order to appease [Diddy]. There was a dual loyalty there."

Richman contends that his defense team worked with vigor for Shyne during the trial and that he was not on Diddy's payroll. "I had absolutely no connection to Puffy Combs," Richman said in a statement. "My checks were handed to me by Shyne. I'm sorry he feels animosity towards me. I wish him nothing but the best."

Regardless of whether his lawyers sabotaged him or not, Shyne himself didn't do everything he could've done to defend himself during the trial. He would only say the he was acting in self-defense that night in the club, but he's never said who he was defending himself against, and he refused to tell authorities who else in the club had a firearm.

"I wasn't built like that," he says about his decision not to "snitch." "I'm designed a different type of way, and this is not 'hood philosophy. This is all the way up to the White House, to the Oval Office, you know. There are certain rules that you abide by, and this is the way I was brought up. You don't sacrifice anybody in order to spare yourself. You just don't do that."

"You seen the trial; they wanted Puff, they didn't want Shyne," says Irv Gotti, who wore a "Free Shyne" T-shirt to the 2003 Source Awards and produced on Godfather Buried Alive. "He could've started talking and did some side bullsh-- and he probably wouldn't have gotten 10 years. They would have been lighter with him. Ninety percent of the people facing 10 to 15 years would have went up there and started talking."

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