Shyheim Franklin schooled the world on what he encountered in the streets of Staten Island, New York and he also received a stamp of approval from his older cousin, rapper Ghostface Killah who realized that this cute little boy had knowledge that could bring his name to main stream status, and guarantee him the passing of The Wu-Tang Sword. Most expected visionary and realistic albums from decades to come as he would undoubtedly be one of the solidified members of the Wu-Tang Collective.
It depends on who you ask on the streets.
He of course has had numerous run ins with the law, but most rappers do have some street mess they feel glued to and refuse to separate themselves from, well now we know the outcome of the next decade or so of the once prolific and newsworthy boy that became an alleged drug user or drug dealer? Of course, again that depends on who you ask. One thing is certain is that we can all use his life as a blue print to turn away from this game, and find that freedom unless you are addicted to the fast life that inevitability will force you into Shyheim’s domain, which we know is the prison population. Shyheim calls Doggie Diamonds to advise others to NOT end up in the same circumstances as himself, we can learn and take heed from “The Rugged One.”
This is the story behind the 14 years, that will only be commemorated by collect calls and commissary sheets, and people who will pretend to hold him down that will never walk through those visitation doors.You would think with the prison population being full of men of brown skin that would make us move into the light of a safe but profitable existence.
It is a damn shame, we refuse to learn…
Shyheim Franklin Arrested for Hit-and-Run
Rapper turns himself in for New Year’s Day incident.
Wu-Tang affiliate, Shyheim Franklin turned himself in to police Wednesday (Jan. 8) for a New Year’s Day car accident in Staten Island, NY, that killed Felipe Avila, a 29-year-old bakery worker, reports Billboard.com.
The rapper allegedly ran a stoplight in the early morning hours of the holiday.
Franklin rose to fame in the ’90s, at just 14-years-old, with the single “On & On.” One of Ghostface‘s cousins, he hung with the Wu and recorded with them, as well as Tupac, Biggie and Big Daddy Kane. He’s also appeared in numerous movies, including In Too Deep and The Preachers Wife, and on the hit show The Parent Hood. In 2007 he started his own label, Bottom Up Records.
He’s also served nearly two years in prison for a second-degree attempted robbery conviction near the turn of the new millennium, and was already out on bail for an April 2013 arrest for gun and drug possession charges when he was arrested this week. He is now facing a class D felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.