It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since the now infamous NYC nightclub “incident” involving Diddy & his entourage. I remember it so vividly. Such a travesty and a reminder to be loyal to those who are loyal to you.
The shooting landed Puffy’s artist, Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, behind bars and some hip hop heads crying foul because Puffy seemingly distanced himself from the young “Bad Boy” artist once shit got real. Fans accused the bad boy mogul of leaving his artist on his own to fight the case and rot in prison.
It all started one night in 1999:
On December 27, Shyne, along with Combs and his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, allegedly were involved in a high-profile shooting incident at a Manhattan club, which left three people injured and the 21-year-old rapper, whose debut album was pending release, facing charges of attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment.
On today’s date in 2001, Puffy, thanks to his own “dream team” of high profile defense attorneys, including famed Johnny Cochran, was found not guilty of any charges.
- Shyne was sentenced to 10 years.
- Jennifer Lopez decided she really wasn’t about that hip hop life & relinquished her “Jenny from the block” moniker & distanced herself from Puffy. The power couple soon broke up and she started dating Hollywood actor, Ben Affleck.
- Puffy went on to become Diddy and grow his Bad Boy enterprise into one of the most powerful conglomerates in hip hop & entertainment.