AKA the Rugged Child

AKA the Rugged Child is the debut studio album by American rapper Shyheim. It was released on April 19, 1994 via Virgin/EMI Records. Production was entirely handled by RNS, except for 1 song produced by RZA. It features guest appearances from GP Wu, Du-Lilz, Kwazi, Prophet and Kia Jeffries. The album peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200 and at #7 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the United States. Its lead single, "On and On", peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

AKA the Rugged Child
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 1994
StudioBattery Studios
(New York City)
Chung King Studios
(Manhattan, NY)
Firehouse Studios
(Brooklyn, NY)
GenreHip hop
LabelVirgin/EMI Records
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  • Gemma Corfield (exec.)
  • Thomas Wilson (exec.)
  • RNS (also exec.)
  • RZA
Shyheim chronology
AKA the Rugged Child
The Lost Generation
Singles from AKA the Rugged Child
  1. "On and On"
    Released: November 30, 1993
  2. "Pass It Off"
    Released: 1994
  3. "One's 4 Da Money"
    Released: August 23, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]

Track listingEdit

1."Here Come the Hits"RNS3:40
2."On and On" (featuring June Luva, Kia Jeffries & RNS)RNS3:48
3."Pass It Off" (featuring Down Low Recka, Pop Da Brown Hornet & Rubbabandz)RNS4:00
4."Never Say Never" (Interlude)RNS0:28
5."One's 4 Da Money"RNS3:33
6."Here I Am"RNS2:53
7."Move It Over Here"RNS4:11
9."You the Man" (featuring Down Low Recka)RNS3:35
11."The Rugged Onez" (featuring June Luva, Kwazi & Prophet)RNS4:52
12."Little Rascals"Prince Rakeem2:07
13."4 the Headpiece (Interlude)" (featuring Down Low Recka, Du-Lilz & Rubbabandz)RNS2:02
14."Party's Goin' On"RNS3:43
15."Shouts on the Outs" (Interlude)RNS1:26
Total length:48:06



Chart (1994) Peak
US Billboard 200[3] 52
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 7


  1. ^ Mills, Brad. "Shyheim a/k/a the Rugged Child - Shyheim | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 9, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Bernard, James (June 3, 1994). "AKA the Rugged Child". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 9, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Shyheim Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Shyheim Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2019.

External linksEdit

Shyheim A.K.A. The Rugged Child at Discogs (list of releases)