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|Birth name||Shyheim Dionel Franklin|
|Also known as||Shy, #IAMRUGGED , The Rugged Child, Manchild, Golden Hands|
|Born||November 14, 1978|
|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, 1978 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.
- AKA the Rugged Child 1994
- The Lost Generation 1996
- Manchild 1999
- The Greatest Story Never Told 2004
- Disrespectfully Speaking 2009