Shade Sheist
Shade Sheist (left) with Dr. Dre
Shade Sheist (left) with Dr. Dre
Background information
Also known as Shady Montage
Born Template:Birth year and age
Origin Inglewood, California,
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Musician
Years active 2000 - Present
Labels MCA, PYO
Associated acts Dr. Dre, Warren G, DJ Quik, Nate Dogg

Tramayne Thompson (born c. 1980), better known by his stage name Shade Sheist, is an American rapper from Inglewood, California. He began his career in 2000 by contributing the self-titled single to a compilation by local producer Damizza. After recording tracks for other artists and television and film soundtracks, Sheist released his debut album Informal Introduction in 2002.

Early lifeEdit

Thompson was born around 1980 in Inglewood, California.[1] He started rapping around age 11 with a group that he claims won first and second place prizes at many talent shows. He performed from 1994 to 1997 as Shady Montage, signed to Hollywood Records.[2] Thompson graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in 1997.[3]

Music careerEdit

He first performed professionally as Shade Sheist in 2000 on the song "If You Were My Bitch" from the compilation Irv Gotti Presents: The Murderers. That year, he also appeared on the song "It's Your Life" from Ja Rule's triple-platinum 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 and Nate Dogg performed the title single, which peaked at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #60 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart but at #2 on the Hot Rap Singles. Shade Sheist and Nate Dogg collaborated together 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 Sheist for the soundtrack to the short-lived 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 had production by Damizza, DJ Quik, and Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature. Singles included "Money Owners" (with Timbaland), "Wake Up" (with Nate Dogg and Warren G), and "John Doe" (with DJ Quik, Hi-C, AMG & Swift). The Los Angeles Times asserted that Power 106 played these 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] Sheist returned in 2004 with the single "What Would Yo Do" featuring Nate Dogg and Mariah Carey. In 2008, Sheist and other associate rappers from Sheist's PYO Entertainment International label toured the world.[8]



Year Title Chart positions[9]
U.S. R&B U.S. Heat
2000 Damizza Presents: Where I Wanna Be
  • Released: October 31, 2000
  • Label: Baby Ree/Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, digital download
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
  • Released: February 9, 2010
  • Label: PYO Entertainment International
  • Format: CD, digital download


Year Title Chart positions[10] Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2000 "Where I Wanna Be" (feat. Nate Dogg) 1 1 2 Damizza Presents: Where I Wanna Be
2002 "Money Owners" (feat. Timbaland) 11 Informal Introduction

Other charted songsEdit

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. R&B[10]
2002 "Wake Up" (feat. Nate Dogg & Warren G) 10
2003 "John Doe" (feat. DJ Quik, Hi-C, AMG & Swift) 16
2004 "What Would You Do" (feat. Nate Dogg & Mariah Carey) 17


  1. 1.0 1.1 Henderson, Alex (2002). "Shade Sheist > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  2. Hazard (2008-11-06). "Interview: Shade Sheist". Planet Urban. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  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. 10.0 10.1 "Shade Sheist > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 

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