Two former “Bad Boys” reunited recently in Atlanta after both men have had ups and downs in their lives. Their current situations have both of them continuing on a positive path.
According to HipHopDX, former Bad Boy labelmates, recording artists Shyne, born Jamal Michael Barrow, now known as Moses Michael Levi Barrow, and Loon, born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins and now goes by Amir Junaid Muhadith was seen at Invest Fest last month. The two may have been there to support their former label head, Sean “Diddy” Combs since he was a keynote speaker at the financial empowerment festival.
Both artists were prominent rappers for Bad Boy Records who ran into legal problems and spent extensive time in prison. While they were both serving their sentences, they were able to turn their lives around to focus on the positive aspects of life.
Loon posted photos from his time at Invest Fest, which included a photo and video of him and Shyne reconnecting and getting a chance to talk.
“Everybody knows I don’t get out much as far as hanging out in crowds, clubs etc. but I really enjoyed bumping into a lot of my old friends from a business that helped shape the man that I am today at @investfestival”
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Shyne, who actually comes from a family with a political background, was involved in a shooting that took place in New York on December 27, 1999. After hanging out with Diddy and then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, Shyne was accused of shooting three times at the club and was convicted on two counts of assault and reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of an illegal weapon. He was given a prison sentence of 10 years in 2001. He was released in 2009 and moved back home to Belize where his career in politics took off.
In 2020, Shyne was elected to Belize’s House of Representatives. Less than a year later, Shyne was appointed leader of Belize’s conservative opposition party.
Loon was given a 14-year prison sentence for his role in drug trafficking in 2012. Due to COVID-19, the former rapper was released in 2020. After being released from prison, Loon took a direction to be involved in a legitimate business and philanthropy. He also recently started his own podcast, The Perspective Podcast.
It’s great to see these two men doing right for their people.