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Background information
Birth name Shyheim Dionel Franklin
Born November 14th, 1979
Brooklyn, New York
Origin Staten Island, New York
Genres Hip-hop
Occupation(s) Emcee, Actor
Years active 1993–2014
Labels Virgin/EMI
Wreck/Nervous Records/ Bottom Up Records/The Block Never Sleeps
Associated acts Ghostface Killah/Method Man/Prodigal Sunn/Hell Razah/La The Darkman/DJ Des/The Block Never Sleeps

Shyheim (born Shyheim Dionel Franklin in New York, New York) is an American rapper and actor affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan.[1] 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.[2][better source needed]

As a teenager, Shyheim was once considered "hip hop's wunderkind",[3] and a famed urban artist and heartthrob,[3] whom "even the harshest of critics can’t deny the level of artistry displayed by Hip Hop child prodigy"[1] and latter-day luminaries such as Jay-Z looked up to him, mentioning him in admiration in his autobiography Decoded.[4][5] However, his career was later derailed due to legal problems.[6]

Early life[edit]

Shyheim was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Staten Island, New York since as a child. He spent time living with Wu-Tang Clan member and cousin Ghostface Killah in the Stapleton Houses.



Shyheim's Virgin Records debut, AKA the Rugged Child. It included the hit single "On and On" the video of which featured Method Man,[7] and the album rose to #7 on the US Billboard R&B chart.

Shyheim joined others, notably The Fugees, to provide a free concert to deaf children in a summer camp in 1996.[8]

Shyheim released another album in 1996, The Lost Generation, which featured members of G.P. Wu and Brooklyn Zu.[9] 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.[3][6] He also made an appearance on Big Daddy Kane's "Show & Prove," which featured Ol' Dirty Bastard, Sauce Money, Big Scoob and Jay-Z.[7]

Shyheim resumed his career after almost a decade and released subsequent albums on the label he founded, Bottom Up Records.[1] His third and fourth albums, The Greatest Story Never Told and Enter the Bottom, were released to little fanfare in 2004 and 2008. Shyheim released his fifth solo album, Disrespectfully Speaking, October 2009 on his label Bottom Up Records.[1]


Shyheim starred in the video for TLC's "Waterfalls".[7]

He has had roles in films such as the 1996 Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, and Richard Roundtree vehicle Original Gangstas,[10][not in citation given][11] In Too Deep,[12][7] and The Preacher's Wife[6][7] and he also starred in the television show The Parent Hood.[6] Shyheim appeared in a small role in the prequel Carlito's Way: Rise to Power.[6]

Shyheim also appeared in the 2011 drama You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You, produced by Spike Lee.[13][better source needed]

Legal problems[edit]

In January 2014, Shyheim turned himself into authorities facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident during a hit-and-run accident that left one person dead.[14] 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.[15][16]


Studio albums[edit]

  • AKA the Rugged Child (1994)
  • The Lost Generation (1996)
  • Manchild (1999)
  • The Greatest Story Never Told (2004)
  • Disrespectfully Speaking (2009)



  1. ^ a b c d Sryon, HipHopDX -. "Shyheim Talks "Disrespectfully Speaking," Bottom Up Records". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Shyheim Dionel Franklin 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." Wordpress. muizhauzblog. April 10, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "20 Years Later: Why 2Pac's 'Hit 'Em Up' Is the Greatest Diss Song of All Time". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "In Case You've Been Missing…Shyheim - XXL". Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Shyheim Speaks On Decoded Mention". Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Rapper Shyheim Franklin is still in the game, despite his share of ups and downs". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Wu-Tang Affiliate Shyheim Faces Felony Charges In Fatal Hit And Run". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Fresh Air Fund;Meeting Urban Musicians At a Camp in the Country". The New York Times. July 21, 1996. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Shyheim". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Middle-Aged Vigilantes: The Gang Has Grown Up". The New York Times. May 11, 1996. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ Staff, (May 23, 2014). "Shyheim Franklin - Biography and Filmography". Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  12. ^ Greg, Grouchy (April 25, 1999). "New Shyheim Album Due". Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Actor Shyheim Franklin with Director Michael Pinckney at the 'You're Nobody Til Somebody Kills You' film premiere on 9/23/11 during the Willifest Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Shyhiem Franklin played Wise in the film". Flickr. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Wu-Tang Affiliate Shyheim Faces Felony Charges In Fatal Hit And Run". MTV News. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Rapper Shyheim Franklin sentenced to up to 14 years in fatal hit-and-run". Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Shyheim Franklin Sentenced to 14 Years for Hit-and-Run". August 23, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 

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