The 'Bad Boy Curse'

The Perils of Hanging With Puffy

These days, James Barnes wonders what will become of "Shyne from Brooklyn." The rapper faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 16. "I know he's catching hell and I know his mother and his grandmother are catching hell," he says. "It's too bad they've only now realized that they shouldn't have entrusted their child to Puffy. First of all, I don't think Shyne was old enough to sign any contract. But sometimes you can't tell black people anything. Shyne had a callous, indifferent personality that you develop once you start hanging around Bad Boy."

illustration by Gary Aagaard

Additional Puff Daddy coverage by Peter Noel:

'Puffy Betrayed Me'
Shyne’s Heartbreak

'That's Gangsta!'
'Puff Love' in the Bad Boys Family

A Gangsta's Prayer
Shyne's Bible Is His First Line of Defense

Big Bad Wolf
Anthony Jones Upholds the Legend of Puff Daddy’s Bodyguard

Puff! Goes the Weasel
An Impersonator Witness and Alleged Testilying Redefine Rap Mogul’s Trial

O.J. Simpson Meets Puff Daddy
Scapegoating Sean Combs to Get Back at Johnnie Cochran

Bad Boy Shyne
The Gangsta Life and Times of Jamal Barrow

Taking the Rap
Are Civil Rights Leaders Frontin’ for Hip Hop Gangstas?

Daddy Under the Gun
Publicly, Rap Mogul Won’t Beg; Quietly, He Pleads

Guns, Bribes, and Benjamins
Can Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs Purchase Respectability and Buy His Way Out of the Club New York Shooting Trial?

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