Former Bad Boy rapper throws hat in political ring in Belize

Former Bad Boy rapper throws hat in political ring in Belize

Shyne, a former Bad Boy Records artiste, and son of Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, was recently nominated by the United Democratic Party to be a candidate for the Belize House of Representatives for the constituency of Mesopotamia in Belize City.

This comes years after his father became the first Black Prime Minister of Belize.

Since then, music producer, Diddy has spoken on Shyne’s transition into politics.

Diddy took to Instagram and commented on Shyne’s move to run for the House of Representatives, saying, “BELIZE I’m so proud of my brother @shyne_bz and the journey he is on. He is running for the House of Representatives and needs your support.”

If Shyne—now known as Moses Michael Levi Barrow, gets voted in, he will be replacing his uncle Michael Finnegan.

His uncle noted in 2017 that he would not be looking to get re-elected after his term was up, and indicated he wanted his nephew to replace him.

Back in 2001 Shyne was sentenced to 10 years on June 1 in a New York court for shooting and wounding two people during a dispute between rap impresario Sean “Puffy” Combs and another man in a Times Square nightclub. Barrow admitted at trial that he pulled out a gun and fired during the fracas at Club New York on Dec. 27, 1999.

Before handing down the sentence, state Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon called Barrow smart, talented, and charitable but said he couldn’t lose sight of the fact that Barrow had fired a gun in a nightclub that was ”as crowded as a subway in rush hour.”

While holding the hand of one of his lawyers, Barrow, 22, recited the Lord’s Prayer and then apologized to the court and his victims. He told Solomon that he was not a threat to society and asked for leniency.