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Mar 15, 2011

Shyne’s Israeli interview and ‘King David’ Music Video

Shyne, the rapper baptized as Jamal Barrow, has gone through several name changes including Moses Levi, since his release from a U.S. prison. In addition to his yarmulke or Kippah, the rapper dons several proverbial hats including that of Music Ambassador of Belize. Well Shyne, who now goes by the name Moshe Levi Ben David, is living in Israel and he is about to release a new album in May. Ben David recently gave an interview to an Israeli television station in which he proclaims that his grandmother is an Ethiopian Jew. Well as you know, Shyne’s father is Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and his mother is the sister of Housing Minister Michael Finnegan. We aren’t sure who the Ethiopian connection is but the multicultural Hasidic rapper is making headlines in every environment he visits. Here’s a clip of the Israeli TV interview and a snippet from his music video for the song called King David.

Israel TV Reporter

From Belize to Bells—this is the story of Moshe Levi Ben-David or the rapper known as “Shyne Po” whose life has been wrought with trauma trials and tribulation.

Moshe Levi Ben-David, “Shyne” Rapper

Moshe Levi Ben-David

“I shouldn’t be alive. I should be doing the life term; I should be on death row right now—getting ready to be injected—all the things that I’ve been through and that I’ve experienced and that I have done.”

Israel TV Reporter

Shyne says his Jewish Ethiopian grandmother instilled in him Jewish values and is adamant that he is not a prison convert though he does admit that his time in jail proved pivotal to his spiritual exploration.

Moshe Levi Ben-David

“I did a few things I am not proud of. I’m not an angel; I made terrible mistakes as a child and even as a man. So to earn my return; that was what the prison was about. The vision of the Belizean government, my father is the Prime M, the Foreign Minister in Belize is to strengthen ties with Israel on the highest level and I am looking forward to a very productive and effective relationship with the Israeli Government and the Israeli people and me being of Jewish descent and an orthodox Jew—I don’t think there is anyone better to tie it together.”

Shyne is currently studying with Hasidic rabbis in Jerusalem. There will be an album release party in Belize on March twenty six.

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48 Responses for “Shyne’s Israeli interview and ‘King David’ Music Video”

  1. Disgusted! says:

    This @$$hole is ashamed of his heritage and claiming false ancestry but yet he is Belize’s amassador and representative. What a !@#$ing insult to Belize and cultural icons like the late Mr. Peters, Paul Nabor, Lord Rhaurn and so many sons of the soil who are worthy of the privilige. WHAT A !@#$ING SHAME AND DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Nayo Lost says:

    Shine smoke up toooo much a dat nasty Weed that was sprayed with roundup. HA HA HA

  3. Kinkriol says:

    Who the hell is this guy? Is he a Belizean, New Yorker, Jew a musician a prodigal son who’s trying so hard to spite instill guilt trip on his father. I really don’t get where this cat is coming from or to. And why does he get so much media attention. Dun wit this character allready.

  4. kenneth says:

    I think he is looking for attention always talking some rubbish, his grandmother is ethiopian HA!!! lol

  5. kenneth says:

    I think he is looking for attention always talking some rubbish, his granmother is ethiopian HA!!! lol

  6. BZNinCALI says:

    And I’m a descendant of Cleopatra. Maybe next week, I will be the offspring of the queen’s illegitimate child.

  7. Earl Grey says:

    CAN ANYONE NAME A SHYNE HIT SONG????????????

  8. The People Had Enough says:

    CHANNEL5 STOP REPORT ON THIS FOOL YER. THIS USELESS WASTE LIKE HIS FAMILY DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE IN THE BELIZEAN PSYCHE AND ONLY IMPORTANT IN HIS OWN EYES AND THAT OF HIS PUPPETEERS IN THE STATES WHO WANT TO MAKE MONEY OF THIS CLOWN. DO THE BELIZEAN PUBLIC A FAVOR AND LET HIM BE EXACTLY WHAT HE IS…NOTHING.

  9. The People Had Enough says:

    Now this @$$hole is into Judaism, what a joke. Oh, and he is the only one to ‘tie it together’, is this idiot serious? Jesus Christ Almighty, how longer will we have the Barrows use our country as their own private piece of asset; the Belizean public must be the laughing stack when they have their tacit parties of the elites and drink $800 bottles of wine and eat the finest imported steak and caviar. How easy it is to rape this country of the complacent; $#!% why didn’t i think of this, i could have been wealthy like the Barrows.

    Illuminati has officially arrived in Belize and the Barrows are worshipers of lucifer; these people are occult with their esoteric practices.

  10. junkman says:

    just another hussle thats all playing with god but it is said he who tries to fool god only fool himself

  11. Chance says:

    Shyne have a way out hairdoo…Looks like a clown…Di man gone nuts

  12. SW says:

    He is of Jewish descent? REALLY :-) . Thanks for letting us know that you are not only ungrateful, you are also a very creative liar. He must really hate Belize to move to Israel. I could maybe understand Dubai but Israel? The only thing this guy cares about is money. Can we please not feature him in our news.

  13. Isis says:

    Why do we have to keep reading and watching news about this thing?? Please report on real Belizean ambassadors will you!

  14. islander says:

    This @$$ clown has some serious issues.

  15. ProudBzean says:

    This dude is lost…..with all the talented musicans we have in Belize, why did they make him music ambassador? It’s a shame!!

  16. fromafar says:

    …and this fool is our Musical Ambassador? Strengthen ties with Israel, WTF!!!!

    Barrow, come on man.. Seriously. You really think the international community looks at this kind of posting favorably?

    Shyne Poo’s music is garbage, and anyone who says anything different is up Shyne Poo’s …. crack. All he had to do was come back with the astyle he had when he went in. He was Biggies replacement remember? Now we’ve got this undertone whispering idiot. Shame, could have been something. Who’s doing the tracks son, they’re garbage too. $#!%, even Lil Wayne sounds better… LOL.

  17. belizeanpride says:

    I think his name is not shyne but really a shame to our belizean music embassador post. He doesn’t even deserve to be called that. Overall he lost his identity and is looking for it way up in Isreal which leaves us to think what the hell. Maybe barrow is the related to Nelson Mandela too, WTF, we never know, it can be possible. My respect to Mr. Mandela but really this dude is really dupped. Like father like son, they both don’t know who the hell they are. jeez.

  18. Justice says:

    Unfortunately for this A#* H&*% he inhertied the genes. He also now has a jewish Etiopian grandmother HA HA HA Channel 5 please stop reporting on this piece of S#@%. He is just a shame and disgrace to Belize. We already have to deal with the antics of the father to have to endure more with him.
    He said the truth in his own words and hope it comes to light:
    ““I shouldn’t be alive. I should be doing the life term; I should be on death row right now—getting ready to be injected—all the things that I’ve been through and that I’ve experienced and that I have done.”

  19. javier solis says:

    I think Shyne, like Willoughby, should be kept away from microphones. Both are high on their own delusions, and both bring shame to Belizeans.
    Get off the screen you boops. And please remove this ambassador fool from the Moses Levi, et al.

  20. Elias says:

    Shyne… I used to admire this “Belizean” and loved his music… Now, He is just a joke… I know for a fact that his grandmother was a crackhead and one was a catholic woman. Now he is of Ethiopian descent?
    He is a lost soul, confused in his own little mind… He said he should be on death row… for one NY shooting, LOL…. he is a real clown in the real sense!!!!
    What were we thinking making him our musical ambassador… oh yeah, his dad is Oliver Barrow… Politics again… We got real musical ambassadors who are proud to be affiliated with Belize.

    SHYNE MOSES LEVI POO, POO, DOG POO…. YOU ARE A DISGRACE!
    Get a hint, buy a clue, reality check!

  21. UDP no matta wat says:

    Haters!!!!. my buay is the first born to his majesty and the legitimate heir to the throne, he has the royal blood of his Majesty and Lord Michael Finnegan flowing thru his veins. let us humble ourselves and give our respects to the first prince, Shyne Moses Barrow Finnegan Levi Ben Over.

  22. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    At least he is not selling drugs,or killing anyone.If he want to be a jew then let him be.

  23. enuff mein! says:

    going thru belizean culturemakes me wonder, “what makes one person better than teh other”?” why is it that “shyne”, convicted of a gun charge in nEw York is Belize’s Musical Ambassador? we don’thave anyone else better to choose? at least someone who has some knowledge of belizean bruk down, or punta or marimba..instead of “eff this and eff that, drinking cristal and throwing money at my bee-yotches” hip-hop/rap…why is it that men, who hold the title of honorable, arte some of the most crooked minded people in this country? are they honorable because they win a popularity contest every 5 years? that does not make them honorable! ministers who have sweethearts, and outside children show no loyalty to their wives, much less to people, like plain bze people, who they dont even know. why do we follow red/blue so strongly?? because yu mommy da mi red, u haftu vote red? or ur granny and grampa mi vote fu george price, so u haftu go blue down the line too? think! vote for someone on the content of their character. dont let cartoon ads and funny jokes on political ads sway your minds. animated cartoons only tell us that politicians think that this is what amuses us, entertains us…because of that they win a popularity contest, and gain the title of honorable. and with that, SHYNE becomes our musical ambassador. ugh!

  24. James says:

    why change so much name. Can’t be an israeli that will never be. just be yourself and that you are more connected to Africa than israel. People of Isreal know that. I don’t know how that can bring a better relation b/ween belize and israel when you are just another black gangster man. Be real bro. People are not fool.

  25. Nothing Personal says:

    The way this guy look he dont he to be selling drugs or killing anyone, if that what representing us anywhere what a shame and disgrace to us as Belizean,,,,,,,,he could be ethiopian for all i cares,,,,,he should stay right were he’s at we dont need that rubish back here.

  26. What! says:

    What a shame!

  27. Indy says:

    This is a shame, nepotism at its best. How can he go abroad and say that he is representing Belize. Criminals should be in jail and should not hold such a prestigious task. Somebody do something please! Bring him down from that chair. Some must be reading this…please do something!

  28. BLVNJAH says:

    ‘UDP no matta wat’…….I THINK YOU ARE ON THE SAME MEDICATION THAT SHYNE IS ON…: ) : )..

  29. CEO says:

    The rest of the clowns on the streets of Belize who are killing innocent people should become jews also.

    Like John Boy, Carson said he is not committing any crimes just let him be!

  30. daveyt says:

    His name isn’t shine. That was a speeling error, that stuck. It is in fact SHYTE!!!!!!!!

  31. daveyt says:

    My speelong is terryble. I hav no tallent, but, iff I can proove that I have Isreli,Ethiopian, or any other African nations roots, in fact, anything but Belizean, could I be an Ambassador for Edooocashun?

    No, thinking about it, my surname isn’t BARROW, so I’ve got as much of a chance of that happening, as Shyne/Shyte has of us buying his crap!!!!!

  32. daveyt says:

    Oh, by the way, better watch the GOB very closely now he has a new album out. Sales won’t be good, and he might go crying to Daddy, and Voila! GOB will by all the CD’s “In the nations cultural interest”!!!!!!!!

  33. daveyt says:

    Sorry, that should have been ‘buy’ – Still hoping for the Edoocashun Ambassodores job!

  34. Oscar965 says:

    Its child stimulation month. How about more stories on that. Why do we keep reporting on this guy who is just using Belize and cares nothing about the country. Channel 5 lets get out to the districts and start reporting nation wide stories instead of just Belize City. Most of the out district stories are always violence based BUT there are so many other positive stories out there. I am looking forward for more positive stories from you this year. I hope you do not dissapoint me and so many people out there!!! No more Shyne stories PLEASE!!! WE SIMPLY DO NOT CARE!!! I hope the message was clear…

  35. E. Barrow says:

    @The People Have Had Enough……..

    YOU ARE SO !*@#$%^ MISEDUCATED!

  36. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    People, we have bigger problems than Shyne .A matter of fact Shyne is not even a problem to Belize.Let us take the same energry we have towards talking about Shyne and put into a positive conversation.If Shyne wants to be Moshe Levi Ben David more power to him,and if he found God by the way of the torah,then that is all good.More of you should be like Shyne.God gave him a second chance , and he is living his life without your approval.Only stupid people will make fun of his name,or hair style,etc.That is all apart of his religon.
    Why would he move to Dubai.Israel is the jewish homeland.He is not a muslim.

  37. bobby longwood says:

    This guy is as crazy and more over a lunatic like his bio. Father.I am definitely not going to his concert.If he can dis us by denouncing his African heritage he do worse in the future.Shyne ,wine,fine,line,bine what eva you name is, please stay where u are,u do us struggling Belizeans a tremendous favor by staying in Israel ,thank you !!!!!!!!!!

  38. BZE says:

    What is it with Belizeans? We need to stop with this crabs in a bucket mentality that we have. We grab on to anyone that has made a name for themselves, but as soon as they fall from grace we become their biggest critics and try to pull them down further. The old way hasn’t worked so far, so let’s try something new. UPLIFTMENT.

  39. Elgin Martinez says:

    Stop wasting money changing your name son.Why not invest all that money in changing your finger print?

  40. bahka bush says:

    As we all are critic of this Shyne, Poo , Davis Levi etc- there are a few things we must take into consideration before we continue to be so critical on his recent behavior and claim to who he want / who claim to be. My observation is that this guy life before the music industry, his child hood life and the people that had influence on his career never gave him a chance to succeed in life, so on his own now with no P-Diddy cash and fun in the sun life style gone, he is left to fend for him self and maybe this is his way out in search of an identity………….

  41. Jesus Gsix says:

    WHERE ARE WE HEADED???

    This is a question that lurks in everyone’s mind. Where are we really headed is a question that everyone can’t answer but can speculate on their behalf base on what they see happening every day. We are always ready to find fault in one’s ideas and ability to be productive. Instead of encouraging our people we drag them down. There is no unity among our people. If i’s one thing any Belizean know… it’s always someone else business before them. That’s the kind of productivity you can find in Belize. People we have bigger problems than what your neighbor or friend is doing with their lives.

    If we are going to be posting things… let’s post things that should benefit the time we are using. If i should join any site to post insignificant bs then I’m better of just watching television or scratching my #@!!$. You might not like how i say things or how u should spend your time writing on these blogs… but for reals.. if Shyne wants to shave is head and change his name then he can because that’s his choice. It’s a free country to express yourself even if u may look like an @$$ to some people. I say leave Shyne alone and come back to earth. We have bigger issues affecting our country.

    If you wanna attack anyone… Attack the other shave head Barrow.. who call himself the PM. That’s a real issue at hand. Our country leader and also leader of organize crime in Belize. He controls all entry and exit into our country.. might not be there physically but he has and i quote ” SOLDIERS” working at these points. The corruption in Belize go further than me and you. If u guys wanna waste time and bicker about issues… how about dealing with real issues. to hell with Shyne.

  42. Jevan Martinez says:

    This Fool Is Lost Just Like His Dad. Let’s Terminate The Barrows In This Counry

  43. SW@GVILLE says:

    !**% SHYNE ,!**% THE PRIME MINISTER AND FAMILY. ALL THEY ARE DOING IS HAVING THE BELIZEAN PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEAT.THIS GUY ISN’T EVEN CLAIMING BELIZE AS HIS COUNTRY,LET HIM TAKE HIS @$$ BACK TO AFRICA IF HIS GRANDMOTHER IS FROM THERE.I AM SICK OF HIS B.S. AND HIS EDUCATED FOOL OF A FATHER.

  44. D-Power says:

    WOW…the amount of negative, mean spirited, comments posted whenever a news story regarding this artist is posted, displays a perfect example of why so many murders happens in Belize. Haters galore. Wake up people. Dude is the least of your problems.

  45. sabuskii says:

    MOSHE LEVI BEN OVA FI DAVID ETC U DIDNT EVEN COMMIT THAT CRIME HERE IN NYC U JUST TOOK THE RAP FOR IT SO DON’T TRY TO MAKE BELIZEAN PEOPLE THINK U DA BADMAN U JUST TOOK THE RAP.AND ALL U BELIZEAN PEOPLE I TOLD U GUYS ABOUT THIS !@#$% HERE AS SOON AS HE WAS RELEASE AND SENT BACK TO BELIZE .HE DON’T WANT TO BE A PART OF BELIZE AND ITS BEEN OBVIOUS HE THINKS HE IS BETTER THAN U GUYS BECAUSE HE TASTED THE GOOD LIFE THE RAPPERS GET SO HE ONLY LOOK AT U GUYS LIKE CUSTOMERS FOR HIS NEW CD .BUT SINCE U GUYS CAN BARELY AFFORD FOOD HE MOVED TO ISRAEL AND BECAME A JEW.U GUYS ARE ACTUALLY THE LAUGHING STOCK.

  46. International says:

    That is what you get when you appoint a convected felon with no true ties back to the cultural elements of our country as our cultural ambassador. Then again it runs in the family and the blood. Belize’s leader has so many similarities in his delusions of grandeur to that of the self-proclaimed King King of Libya. Not a ruprise people – we all got the monarch we voted for!

  47. Justice says:

    Wish this idiot would disappear and take the bigger idiot who passed on his genes. That would be the best thing that could ever happen to Belize……………….. We already ahve to stomach the father’s antic and to report on this piece of nothing is rubbing salt in the would. Jewish Etiopian grandmother Ha ha ha. In his own words he said the truth:

    “I shouldn’t be alive. I should be doing the life term; I should be on death row right now—getting ready to be injected—all the things that I’ve been through and that I’ve experienced and that I have done.”

  48. Illuminati says:

    Illuminati is his connection to all he’s part of the plan he’s 1 preparing for what we will emerge this year going on to the next the NEW WORLD ORDER anti crist 1 world government

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