May 25, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

SHYNE ON Just two months ago, jailed rap star Shyne was harboring karmic revenge fantasies about his onetime mentor Sean ”Puffy” Combs, claiming he let him take the fall in a December 1999 New York City nightclub shooting. Since then, not only has Shyne received a surprise jailhouse visit from P. Diddy (where the two were allowed to talk in private), but the 21-year-old has found a way to channel his rage into redemption, by starting a counseling group at Rikers, where he awaits his June 1 sentencing on assault and weapons charges. ”I’m trying to show and introduce my fellow inmates, most of whom are very young men, to different attributes all humans need to succeed, including discipline, self-confidence, determination, faith, and a belief in God and yourself,” said Shyne in a statement. Shyne’s godmother, Bethann Hardison, insists the gesture is sincere: ”He’s not the guy who’s looking out only for himself.” In the slammer since March 16, Shyne faces up to 25 years behind bars, but is working on an appeal. ”He hopes some miracle will happen between now and June 1,” says Hardison, ”but he’s still prepared for the [worst].” — Lori L. Tharps

THEY DON’T KNOW JACKASS MTV’s controversial extreme-knucklehead stunt show Jackass has already sent three boys — ages 11, 12, and 13 — to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns after they attempted to replicate a bizarre ”human barbecue” feat they’d seen on the program. Now MTV seems to have decided that a planned soundtrack album, which had been set for release on Interscope Records, June 26, may be too hot to handle. Following an 11th-hour meeting between Interscope and MTV execs last week, plans to release the Jackass soundtrack (which was to have included a new Marilyn Manson track) ”have been put on indefinite hold,” says an MTV spokesperson. (Interscope declined to comment.) Is it because of the ongoing Jackass brouhaha? ”It’s because of creative differences, and not because of any controversy around the show,” says the network exec. Which we believe as much as someone telling us that Jackass main man Johnny Knoxville has been voted role model of the year by America’s moms. — Tom Sinclair

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