The former Bad Boy artist shared the news during what appeared to be a press conference held in his native Belize, which he posted on Instagram on Thursday (January 12). According to Shyne, his new deal through Disney-owned brands ESPN and Andscape will see the release of a documentary, a script, a docu-series and an autobiography.
“Very happy, very grateful that I was able to close a deal with Walt Disney and their subsidiaries ESPN and Andscape to produce my bio-documentary, bio-film and bio-TV series, as well as my memoir, ” said the rapper. said the politician. “The documentary will be produced by DJ Khaled and Roc Nation. So stay tuned, we’ll start production here in Belize this spring. And we’re looking for a summer 2024 release.”
In the post’s caption, Shyne gave his followers a glimpse of what to expect from the first project under this deal.
“With @djkhaled and @rocnation executive producing,” he wrote, “you can expect nothing less than a riveting film that takes you on an unfiltered journey of my life from birth in Belize to the dreams, nightmares, triumphs and tragedies involved in selling millions of albums, winning Grammy Awards, sacrificing my career and freedom to defend myself and friends, imprisonment to reincarnation, rage to forgiveness, injury to healing poverty to patriotism and purpose…Legendary Rapper to the next Prime Minister of Belize!
While the deal at Disney may be new, Shyne spoke first HipHopDX about his documentary projects during a Zoom interview in 2021, revealing he would also come back to the booth to support the new endeavor.
“I want to make a biopic and bio-documentary and a bio-TV series, all of which will have corresponding soundtracks,” he shared DX. “I want to make music for them. But for those projects, not for a career, just as an attachment to those projects. You can’t have a film without a soundtrack. And then I had to create music for the film and the documentary.
“I had to create music for the TV series. But again, you will hear a lot of Belizean artists along with my American artist friends. So it would be a great opportunity to give the Belizean musicians a platform.”
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After entering the industry as Bad Boys’ alleged next superstar, Shyne infamously served 10 years at Clinton Correctional Facility after being convicted of his involvement in a shooting at a Manhattan nightclub during a night out with Diddy and Jennifer Lopez.
In 2009, he was released from prison and into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and was immediately deported back to Belize, where he remained a citizen despite having lived in the United States as a legal alien since he was a child.
Returning to his homeland, Shyne (who changed his name to Moses Michael Levi Barrow in 2006) followed in his father’s footsteps and embarked on a political career. In 2020, he was elected to the Belizean House of Representatives in the 2020 general election, thanks in part to an endorsement from Diddy after the two mended their broken relationship.
Shyne was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives in 2022.
Nearly 10 years after being deported to his native Belize, Shyne stayed welcome back to the US in 2021 – and Diddy played a part in it too.
At the end of last year, Shyne teamed up with his former label boss to launch the Sean Diddy Combs Scholarship at Howard University in hopes that he can send a Belizean student to study in America.