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|Birth name||Shyheim Dionel Franklin|
|Also known as||Shy, #IAMRUGGED , The Rugged Child, Manchild, Golden Hands|
|Born||November 14, 1977|
|Origin||Staten Island, New York|
|Occupations||Emcee, Actor, CEO|
Bottom Up Records
The Block Never Sleeps.
|Associated acts||Big Daddy Kane, RZA, J. Wells, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Big L, TLC, G.P. Wu, Wu-Tang Clan, La The Darkman, Preach|
Shyheim (born Shyheim Dionel Franklin November 14, 1977 in New York) is an American rapper and actor affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan. He was closely associated with a group called G.P. Wu and then began collaborating with Wu-Tang Records affiliated groups Killarmy and Sunz of Man.
Shyheim was born in Staten Island New York and raised there as a child. He spent time living with Wu-Tang Clan member and cousin Ghostface Killah in the Stapleton Houses. He became affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan and released his first single, "On and On," in 1993. He gained fans and won accolades for his Virgin Records debut, AKA the Rugged Child. It included the hit single "On and On", and the album rose to #7 on the US Billboard R&B chart.
He released another album in 1996, The Lost Generation, which featured members of G.P. Wu and Brooklyn Zu. He also shared the stage with the Notorious B.I.G, Tupac Shakur, and Big Daddy Kane at Madison Square Garden, for a live freestyle session. His prestige also landed him an appearance on Big Daddy Kane's "Show & Prove," which featured Ol' Dirty Bastard, Sauce Money, Big Scoob and Jay-Z. Shyheim landed a video appearance in TLC's "Waterfalls". His roles in films included Original Gangstas, In Too Deep, and The Preacher's Wife and he also starred in the television show The Parent Hood. After being arrested in 2001, Shyheim served a prison sentence that led to a two-year hiatus. In 2007, Shyheim started Bottom Up Records after clearing his jail time. He has since released his albums via his own label.
Mr. Franklin turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday (January 8) in connection with a fatal hit-and-run automobile accident which killed a 29-year-old man named Felipe Avila on New Year's Day, according to SI Live. Shyheim is expected to face a class D felony of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, according to SI Live's sources.
Shyheim was reportedly driving a friend's 2003 Volvo S80 when he allegedly ran a stop sign and hit Avila's vehicle before also colliding with a parked Dodge Ram. Shyheim is being accused of getting out of the Volvo and running away from the scene. According to SI Live's sources, Shyheim left blood in the Volvo and the driver's side airbag.
Shyheim was out on bail at the time of the crash. He was arrested in April on gun and drug possession charges. Shyheim has served a two-year prison sentence for second-degree attempted robbery. In 1998, he was given probation after he was found in possession of a gun that had been stolen from the Los Angeles Police Department, as per SI Live.
In April, Shyheim spoke with HipHopDX about his April arrest.
“I just want people to know, of course you know the NYPD have a history of not flying straight" Shyheim said at the time. "Pretty much that. I remain that I’m innocent and I will fight it to the end, that’s basically all that I can do. There’s a lot of illegal stuff that went down in the procedures that wasn’t supposed to take place but my attorneys is on it and you know we gonna fight. I’m not the first person that this happened to, there’s a lot of innocent people in the prison system today and it’s just sad but true [that] you’re guilty until you’re proven innocent. I just really want to thank everybody for their support, the whole Hip Hop community [and] my family and friends for just being supportive."
On January 7, Shyheim posted a YouTube video thanking fans for support and requesting money for legal fees. "I'm in a lot of trouble right now and I need help," he says in the video.
- AKA the Rugged Child (1994)
- The Lost Generation (1996)
- Manchild (1999)
- The Greatest Story Never Told (2004)
- Disrespectfully Speaking (2009)