First let’s all take a minute to give Shyne aka Shyne Po aka Jamal Barrow aka the newly christened Moses Levi, the Gary Coleman face. Seriously, who does this dude think he is Cassius Cl- er, Muhammad Ali or somebody?!?!? Apparently Mr. Levi has been thuggin it in the streets of Jerusalem gettin his pray on with the local Rabbis.
“My entire life screams that I have a Jewish neshama,” he said, using the Hebrew word for soul.
Living as Moses Levi, an Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem (he legally changed his name from Jamal Barrow), he shuttles between sessions of Talmud study with some of the most religiously stringent rabbis in the city and preparations for a musical comeback.
In regards to his penchant for European sports cars and the finer things in life he quips:
“There’s nothing in the Chumash that says I can’t drive a Lamborghini,” and “nothing in the Halacha about driving the cars I like, about the lifestyle I live.”
Although some of Brooklyn rapper’s theories reek of fkery, he did speak to the way Judaism has helped him progress past the tragedies in his life, including his 9-year prison sentence for protecting his former boss Sean “Diddy” Combs.
“What are the laws?” he said, explaining his decision to adhere to the Orthodox level of observance. “I want to know the laws. I don’t want to know the leniencies. I never look for the leniencies because of all of the terrible things I’ve done in my life, all of the mistakes I’ve made.”
“What I do get is boundaries,” he said. “Definition and form. And that is what Shabbat is. You can’t just do whatever you want to do. You have to set limits for yourself.
“All these rules, rules, rules,” he said with his hand on an open page of the Talmud. “But you know what you have if you don’t have rules? You end up with a bunch of pills in your stomach. When you don’t know when to say when and no one tells you no, you go off the deep.”
Hey, if he likes it, we love it. We’re not sure if the people of the Holy Land can appreciate lift-up doors and V12 engines but whatever, long as he ain’t shootin anybody…