Prison Officials Investigating Shyne’s Phone Records - ShyneSource:

The release of Jamal “Shyne” Barrow’s album Godfather: Buried Alive has hit a snag, as prison officials claim the incarcerated rapper may have violated inmate rules by doing business from the prison phones.

Officials took Barrow’s phone privileges away today (August 16) and are now investigating that rapper’s phone calls. If he is found guilty of violating the rules, the victims of his 1999 shooting at Club New York will be able to sue for the proceeds of the album.

Barrow is being scrutinized over almost 100 phone calls that the state Department of Correctional Services say are violations.

Under state laws, prisoners are barred from calling cell phones, have calls transferred, conducting business over the phone or calling unauthorized media contacts. Officials claim Barrow did all things.

“If a call is transferred to a cell phone, we have no idea who that call is going to or where that person is,” Department of Correctional Services spokesman James Flateau told the Associated Press. “In a post Sept. 11 world, we’d like to know who inmates are talking to.”

In addition to his phone privileges, Barrow is barred from face-to-face interviews as well.

Barrow was sentenced to a ten-year prison term for his role in the shootout that wounded three bystanders were wounded in the melee.

The rapper signed a deal with Def Jam worth almost $3 million dollars.

Godfather: Buried Alive, sold almost 200,000 copies the first week.

The album is expected to land in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.