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Background information
Birth name Shyheim Dionel Franklin
Origin Staten Island, New York
Genres Hip-hop
Occupation(s) Emcee, Actor, CEO
Years active 1993–present
Labels Virgin/EMI
Wreck/Nervous Records
Bottom Up Records
The Block Never Sleeps.
Associated acts Ghostface Killah

Shyheim (born Shyheim Dionel Franklin in New York, New York) is an American rapper and actor affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan. He was 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.

Hit and run fatality[edit]

On January 2014, Shyheim turned himself into authorities facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident during a hit-and-run accident which left one person dead.[1] On August 21, 2014, Shyheim was sentenced to 14 years in prison after he pled guilty to second degree manslaughter. He also received a concurrent term of seven years for a gun conviction, and is subject to five years' post release supervision.[2][3]


Studio albums[edit]



  1. ^ "Wu-Tang Affiliate Shyheim Faces Felony Charges In Fatal Hit And Run". MTV News. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rapper Shyheim Franklin sentenced to up to 14 years in fatal hit-and-run". Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shyheim Franklin Sentenced to 14 Years for Hit-and-Run". August 23, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 

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