Shade Sheist

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Shade Sheist
Birth nameTramayne Thompson
Also known asShady Montage
Born (1982-10-22) October 22, 1982 (age 36)
OriginInglewood, California
GenresHip hop, g-funk, west coast hip hop, gangsta rap,
Years active2000-present
LabelsN With The Words Music, Universal
Associated actsDr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Mariah Carey, N.U.N.E., DJ Quik, Timbaland, Krayzie Bone, Johnny "J"

Tramayne Thompson (born October 22, 1982), primarily known by his stage name Shade Sheist, is an American rapper and songwriter from Inglewood, California. He began his career in 2000 by contributing the single "Where I Wanna Be" to a compilation executive produced by himself and local producer Damizza. After writing and recording tracks for other artists, television/film and video game soundtracks, Shade Sheist released his debut album Informal Introduction, featuring Where I Wanna Be in 2002 under Universal Records.

Early life and career[edit]

Shade Sheist was born in Inglewood, California and grew up in both Inglewood and neighboring city South Los Angeles.[1] He started writing music around the age of 10 and formed a performing group with his best friends that won first and second place prizes at local talent shows produced by ASCAP. He worked with producers Johnny J, Howie Hersh and Ronnie King on his early recordings. He performed from 1994 to 1999 as Shady Montage, signed to Hollywood Records. Two singles he released under this moniker, Shake You Down and Leaving You Again (both hip hop interpolations of older R&B compositions) were well received and aired on major market radio stations nationally. At one point during this period he became label mates and recorded with Biggie Smalls (the artist who caused the late Christopher Wallace to change his stage name to The Notorious B.I.G.)[2] As a teen he appeared in several music videos including 2Pac's So Many Tears and South Circle's Attitudes. Sheist graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in 1997.[3]

Music career[edit]

He first performed commercially as Shade Sheist in 2000 on the song If You Were My Bitch from the gold-selling compilation Irv Gotti Presents: The Murderers. That year, he also appeared on the song It's Your Life from Ja Rule's triple platinum-selling album Rule 3:36. Additionally, Sheist met Los Angeles-based producer Damizza (real name Damion Young), who worked as senior director for artist relations at Los Angeles hip-hop station Power 106 (KPWR) and released a various-artists compilation titled Where I Wanna Be.[1] Sheist, Kurupt and Nate Dogg performed the title single, which peaked at No. 60 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart but at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles. Shade Sheist and Nate Dogg collaborated again on the track Cali Diseaz on the soundtrack to the 2001 film The Fast and the Furious.[4] Damizza recorded the track "Bad News" with Shade Sheist and N.U.N.E. for the soundtrack to the Fox television drama Dark Angel.

In 2002, Sheist released his debut album Informal Introduction through a deal between MCA Records and his own Baby Ree label. Informal Introduction featured production by Timbaland, DJ Quik, Damizza and Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature. The singles included Money Owners (with Timbaland), Wake Up (with Nate Dogg and Warren G), and John Doe (with DJ Quik, AMG, Hi-C & Swift). The Where I Wanna Be music video featured cameos from N.U.N.E., TQ, Irv Gotti, Ja Rule and The D.O.C. The Money Owners music video featured a special appearance from Dr. Dre, who worked in the studio room next door to Sheist during the recording of the "Informal Introduction" album. Shade Sheist stated that Dr. Dre was a big help during the creation of his debut album.

The Los Angeles Times asserted that Power 106 played Shade Sheist's singles more than any other urban radio station in the U.S. and reported that Peter Hart of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting brought up conflict of interest issues given that Emmis Communications funded both the radio station and Sheist's label Baby Ree.[5] Power 106 decided to disclose its ties to Sheist after the Times brought up the issue.[6] Emmis president Rick Cummings stated that his station played Sheist's music based on listener tastes.[7]

Shade Sheist returned in 2004 with the single What Would You Do featuring Nate Dogg and Mariah Carey. The track appeared on Sheist's second album Before The Waitin Before The Hatin which originally released in 2005 and re-released in late 2006 with new tracks included.

In 2008, Shade Sheist and N.U.N.E. set off on an international tour that would cover 2 years and several continents.

In 2010, Shade Sheist released a new album with N.U.N.E., Movin Units which was his first original studio release in 4 years. The album featured the single Movin Like a Boss which spawned several international remixes.[8]

On August 1, 2013 Shade Sheist released a brand-new, 7-track EP titled "BLACKOPS," which featured himself on production as well as vocals. The EP served as a preview of his upcoming full length LP of the same title. Shade simultaneously unveiled his #GFUNKISFOREVER label with the release of the EP.



Year Title Chart positions[9]
U.S. R&B U.S. Heat
2002 Informal Introduction
  • Released: September 10, 2002
  • Label: Baby Ree/MCA
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
69 20
2006 Before the Waitin' Before the Hatin'
  • Released: November 1, 2006
  • Label: PYO Entertainment International
  • Format: CD, digital download
2008 Informal Introduction OG
  • Released: December 16, 2008
  • Label: PYO Entertainment International
  • Format: CD, digital download
2010 Movin Units (with N.U.N.E)
  • Released: February 9, 2010
  • Label: PYO Entertainment International
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Released: August 1, 2013
  • Label: N With The Words Music
  • Format: digital download


Year Title Chart positions[10][11] Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK
2000 "Where I Wanna Be" (featuring Nate Dogg and Kurupt) 22 49[12] 1 14 Informal Introduction
2002 "Money Owners" (featuring Timbaland) 81[13]

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. R&B[10]
2002 "Wake Up" (featuring Nate Dogg and Warren G) 53
2003 "John Doe" (featuring DJ Quik, Hi-C, AMG and Swift) 66
2004 "What Would You Do" (featuring Nate Dogg and Mariah Carey)


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  2. ^ "Interview Shade Sheist". Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Tramayne Thompson | Alexander Hamilton High School | Los Angeles, CA | is now part of - Memory Lane". 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  4. ^ "The Fast and the Furious > Overview". AllMusic. 2001-06-05. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  5. ^ Philips, Chuck (2002-10-16). "Airplay Raises Disclosure Issue". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  6. ^ Moss, Corey (2002-10-18). "Shady? Radio Station Admits Ties To Heavy-Rotation Rapper Shade Sheist". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  7. ^ Philips, Chuck (2002-10-18). "KPWR to Reveal Ties to Rapper". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  8. ^ Hay, Jonathan (January 2009). "Shade Sheist". Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  9. ^ "Shade Sheist > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  10. ^ a b "Shade Sheist > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  11. ^ "SHADE SHEIST Featuring NATE DOGG & KURUPT". The Official Charts. Archived from the original on February 17, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-03-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-03-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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