Former Bad Boy recording artist Shyne has officially changed his name from Jamal Michael Barrow to Moshe Levi Ben-David and moved to Jerusalem to live the life of a Orthodox Jew. He says becoming Jewish is not a decision he made while lock up for 9 years in jail, he studied judaism before going to jail... but once he was locked up he had lots of free time to study judaism.
MY THOUGHTS: Many years ago i watched Shyne on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" TV show. This was back in His Bad Boy days (late 90s or early 2000s) he was very young (early 20s) and in the Prime of his career. He was not the typical artist you would see on that show. Usually they would have someone who is "known" to be politically knowledgeable.. Before seeing the show, i remember thinking to myself "Please don't let him make the hip hop community look bad"... After watching the show i was speechless!! i had to APPLAUD him. i was sooooo impressed with him and amazed at his level of intelligence. He is a HIGHLY intelligent person and very knowledgeable on worldly politics. In other words "he's NO dummy"... I'm sure he put A LOT of thought into his decision to become a Orthodox Jew.
A lot of people say Shyne has lost his mind and this decision to be a Orthodox Jew makes no sense. People may never understand his reason for the switch, but it's not for US to understand. It's his life and his path. In my opinion I believe every human being should follow their own path in life. Do what works for YOU, not everyones path is the same. Find your own peace and Happiness and don't allow others to tell you what works best for your life. Check out the CNN story.