SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS' former protege JAMAL 'SHYNE' BARROWS has signed a record deal with veteran rap label DEF JAM - despite being in prison.

Shyne, who was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in 2001 after being convicted in a high profile nightclub shooting in New York, will reportedly have a custom label designed for him by Def Jam, called GANGLAND RECORDS.

Shyne's deal with Def Jam, co-founded by Russell Simmons, is worth a reported $3 million (GBP1.6 million).

The first record released under the deal will consist mainly of material Shyne recorded before his incarceration and is expected to be released as early as October (04).

18/04/2004 21:00