Girish Mahajan (Editor)

Bonnie and Shyne

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
A-side  "Bad Boyz"
Format  CD, 12"
Genre  Hip hop, reggae fusion
Released  2001 (2001)
Recorded  2000
Length  4:17

"Bonnie & Shyne" was the third and final single released from Shyne's eponymous debut album. The song was produced by Chucky Thompson and features vocals from reggae artist Barrington Levy, his second collaboration with Levy (the first being "Bad Boyz"). The song contains a sample from "La Vie En Rose" by Grace Jones, his second time sampling from Jones (the first being "Nightclubbin").


The song only managed to chart on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks at number 57. It would later appear on compilation albums like The Source Hip Hop Music Awards 2001 and Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Box Set Edition.

Music video

The video was directed by Chris Robinson and aired on February 5, 2001. The video starts in a New York tenement apartment where Shyne is seen with a woman in bed. Afterwards, voices are heard and the front door is broken down by F.B.I. agents as they release smoke canisters and Shyne attempts to get out of the room. It then flashbacks to Shyne and a friend of his watching said woman with her friends from his Coupé as he gets out to talk to her and give his number for her to call. The relationship starts out smoothly with both of them hanging outside his tenement and going inside as they fall in love. Later on, Shyne is being harassed by an F.B.I. agent (played by Dean Winters of Oz, Rescue Me and 30 Rock fame; inspired by Gary Oldman's character Norman "Stan" Stansfield from Léon: The Professional) while at the same time the woman is pulled over by F.B.I. agents going through the stuff that Shyne bought for her; leaving the woman disgusted and flipping the bird at them as they leave. It goes back to the beginning of the video where the head F.B.I. agent is preparing a raid on the tenement as he orders the team to make their way up the building. Shyne makes his way out through the window as the agents enter the room and escapes through use of the ladder and runs from the building as he gets one last look of the woman, only for her to be taken by the F.B.I. agents.

Track listing

  1. "Bad Boyz" – 4:34
  2. "Bad Boyz" (Radio Edit) – 3:51
  3. "Bad Boyz" (Instrumental) – 4:31
  4. "Bonnie & Shyne" (Radio Edit) – 3:57
  5. "Bonnie & Shyne" – 4:17


Bonnie & Shyne Wikipedia

Similar Topics
Sanitarium (film)
Michael Bedzyk
Mark McCabe