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As the youngest emcee down with the Wu, Staten Island mic ripper Shyheim impressed many heads freestyling with the Clan on Sway and Tech's Wake Up Show in the early 1990s. His first album Shyheim: AKA The Rugged Child was released in 1994 with gritty, East Coast production handled by RNS and the RZA. Despite his age, Shy displayed mammoth mic skills as both an aggressive battle rapper and a talented storyteller. Like his Shaolin brethren, his rhymes explore the senseless violence and commonplace chaos in today's hectic world. His third album, the autobiographical Manchild, was released in 1999, featuring tracks by RZA and appearances from Method Man and the late great Big L.

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