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Shyne Po: Rabbi or Rambo?
By Khalil Amani
Shyne Po stays beefin’ on these Internetz like stink on shit! Have you heard his new beef song about The Game? The track is so poorly recorded that, like Shyne—it too, might get banned in the USA! Are there any good recording studios in Belize? Sounds like he recorded this diss song on a 1976 Panasonic cassette player! Sheesh! This is the same guy who called Kendrick Lamar’s album “trash.”
And Shyne’s wordplay? Dude sounds like he’s laboring to ride the beat. Hell, I was winded just listening to this garbage. He just doesn’t have a good rapping voice. But enough about his musical presentation.
Let’s get to his religious politics. Dude came out the jail pokey looking wild as fuck—sporting orthodox Jewish accoutrement—right down to the fringe and Shirley Temple Hasidic curls! I just hope that if he and Game ever meet, Game will have a pair of clippers on him and give Shyne a dignified haircut! It’s okay if you wanna convert to Judaism, but couldn’t you have at least joined one of those crazy-ass black Hebrew Israelite cults that hang out in Times Square and call white folks “devils?” Couldn’t you have at least donned a turban and some real Israelite attire? As it stands, Shyne Po has traded in one slave master’s wardrobe (the white man’s Christianity) for another slave master’s wardrobe (Judaism). (Yes! Both these religions took part in the Transatlantic Slave Trade—euphemistically called that “Peculiar Institution”—aka America slavery!)
So Shyne Po’s dick-riding Judaism—claiming that his mama is Jewish and his bloodline is Jewish. (Yeah, right! Side-eye…) I guess it took him going to the Big House (prison) to make him rep his religion. (Somehow, prison has a way of making a nigga find Gawd!) Fine! But listening to his lyrics, one can ascertain that Shyne Po was an unconverted Jew nigga when he went to prison and came out as that same unconverted Jew nigga—dressed up in religious garments. He neither can nor wants to change his shoot-up-the-club image. And although he has taken issue with Ricky Rozay over his past and using Jewish imagery—he too, has fallen victim to trying to impersonate and emulate gangsters. Shyne Po—the “Po” coming from the notorious gangster Alpo, a Harlem drug dealer turnt snitch. When the Feds swooped down on Alpo, he started snitching singing like a canary to save his decrepit soul! (Youtube Alpo) But forget about the snitch part—Alpo helped ruin Harlem by perpetuating the drug game and had many people murdered! Alpo was a murderer who murked his bestie over a misunderstanding! He ordered other hits on black people! And here comes Shyne, taking on that man’s persona and moniker—PO!—all while dressed in his gutter-religion’s black threads. Fuck outta here! The great Hashem—Yahweh—El Shaddai—Jehovah—Adonai—the Great I Am (Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh) —God has to be sorely displeased with the way this man’s representing the “Chosen People” myth.
Shyne Po is proof that religion doesn’t always transform!
So he’s put out a diss record. Listen to whom he’s comparing himself to—some dirty, lowdown Jewish crackers—Mafiosos Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel! Instead of wanting to model his life after Moses or Hillel the Elder, Shyne Po is caught up in some romantic yearning to be one of those gangsters from years gone by—a gangster who “wears his religion on your sleeve.” How dumb! After all of your in-house religious studies (being locked up!), Shyne is still caught up—in a religio-gangster purgatory, unsure of whether he wants to put down the Torah and pick up the gat (gun)—a pseudo gangster with religious sensibilities. Dude doesn’t know if he wants to shoot people let them hammers bang or bang his head against the Wailing Wall! Dawg doesn’t know if he wants to be a rabbi or Rambo! Home-slice walking around with the Torah looking tore-up!
Shyne Po! Where is your piety? To Game, he raps, “This mobster’s Jewish…I’ll shoot the butterfly off ya face and tell Jesus piece smile at ya wake…I got shooters out in Cali that will blast for me…” How does a person who claims to have found some sense of spirituality come out of his mouf like this? Ten-years in the pen weren’t enough? Like the Sadducees and Pharisees of old; you want us to think you’re on some divinely religious shit, but your words and actions witness against you. You have a “form of godliness, but deny the power thereof…” (II Timothy 3:5). Shyne shits on the 10 Commandments (Thou Shalt Not Kill) and thumbs his nose at the “Sh'ma Yisrael”—(Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad)–(Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Deut. 6:4)
For all of his religious posturing—his Kendrick Lamar dissing—his Ricky Rozay pseudo Jewish-gate-keeping—his Third World, overseas gangsterism, Shyne Po is fakin’ da funk with this Jewish charade. Any talk of killing someone disqualifies him from the role of rabbi (teacher). Shyne would be better served if he shed his religiosity and got his Rambo on, because, at the end of the day, he ain’t about that (religious) life!
Follow Khalil Amani on Facebook & Twitter @ khalilamani. Amani writes for DJ Kayslay's Originators and Straight Stuntin Magazines. The views he expresses are his views and if you got a problem with it--eat a dick!