After being charged with five counts bribery and gun possession in the 1999 Club New York shooting where three people were injured, Diddy (then, Puffy) was acquitted on March 16, 2001 thanks to his lawyers, Johnnie Cochran and Benjamin Brafman. Diddy’s 21-year-old protégé Shyne, on the other hand, was found guilty assault, reckless endangerment, and gun possession and would serve almost nine years in jail.
Legend has it, the shooting happened during a misunderstanding as Diddy and J. Lo were leaving the club in the wee hours the morning. Shyne allegedly opened fire when a stack money was thrown in Diddy’s face (one victim testified he saw Shyne running and holding a smoking gun) and by the end it all, a woman was shot—in the face.
That woman, whose name is Natania Reuben, spoke out on Instagram when she saw this post a few years ago.
She wrote in the comment section, “Thank you @roka973 I AM THE WOMA WHO WAS SHOT IN THE FACE THE MOST SERIOUSLY INJURED PERSON… I have suffered a great deal PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL PAIN behind this FOOLISH DISPLAY OF EGO AND INSECURITY … God bless the others who shared in and survived this tragedy with me… I lay here in bed thanking God for sparing me in spite all the tribulations… Feeling at PEACE… Only to see @upnorthtrips displaying sympathy for celebrities who played THE INSTRUMENTAL ROLL IN MY INJURY AND PAIN… Way to go @upnorthtrips give yourself a ?…… ???”
In 2011, MTV reported that Diddy settled with all three victims the club shooting, and Reuben was reportedly paid $1.8 million.
Hit the flip for more photos from the trial. #NeverForget.
Earlier this week, folks were on Twitter reminiscing about the good ole days when TLC dropped their bombshell hit “No Scrubs.” “Can y’all imagine if TLC ‘No Scrubs’ came out today in 2018,” @F_OutMyDMs asked her followers. “Twitter men would be HOT boy.”
It’s likely she’s right. When T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli put the song out, it became the instant anthem for what women 1999 should consider to be a weak ass men—and the fellas didn’t take it lightly. Let’s revisit TLC’s overall definition a “scrub:”
1. “Hangin’ out the passenger side, his best friend’s ride/Trying to holla at me”
2. “I’m looking like class and he’s looking like trash/Can’t get wit’ a deadbeat ass”
3. “If you don’t have a car and you’re walking/Oh yes son, I’m talking to you/If you live at home with your momma/Oh yes son, I’m talking to you/If you have a shorty that you don’t show love/Oh yes son, I’m talking to you/Wanna get me with no money/Oh no, I don’t want no…No scrub”
As expected, their lyrics hit a nerve and it wasn’t long before the boys hit back—hard. In response to TLC and all the ladies bumpin’ their gums, Sporty Thievz dropped “No Pigeons” and boy was it brutal.
“I don’t want no Pigeons, them be them girls who gets no dubs from me/Playin’ the bar dumb broke, wit her best friend’s coat, Tryin’ to holler at me,” they rapped. Adding, “This ain’t my Benz there, it’s my man’s, yeah/But this ain’t my car like that ain’t your hair/Uh Oh pigeon, take them fake jewels f/Uh Oh pigeon, take your friend’s shoes f.”
In his prime, DMX was the hottest artist in the world.
If you need a reminder why X will always be a legend, revisit his unforgettable performance at Woodstock 1999 in Rome, NY below.
Safe to say, your fave has never rocked a crowd that big.
The year before, X made history as the first artist to debut at #1 with two different albums in the same year.
Hit the jump to watch the full performance on YouTube.