Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction

Shade Sheist - Informal Introduction
Informal Introduction
Recording Location:
Larrabee East, LA, CA; Larrabee North, LA, CA; Larrabee West, Los Angeles, CA; Manhattan Center Studios, New York, NY; Skip Saylor, Los Angeles, CA; Soundcastle, Los Angeles, CA
Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Rap, West Coast Rap
Release Date:
September 10, 2002

Back in the '60s and '70s, soul music had plenty of regional sounds. Memphis had a distinctive sound, as did Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit. And in the 21st century, hip-hop can be every bit as regional as R&B was back in the day. New York and Philly MCs tend to have their own way of flowing; rappers from the South and the West Coast also have their regional rapping styles. If one heard Informal Introduction -- Shade Sheist's first full-length solo album -- without knowing anything about the rapper, it would be easy to assume that he was from the West Coast. And sure enough, Sheist was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. This 2002 release is unmistakably West Coast -- Sheist's rapping style is right out of Snoop Dogg, Warren G, DJ Quik, and Eazy-E, and the sleek, R&B-drenched grooves (some of which have a strong George Clinton/P-Funk influence) owe a lot to the influential Dr. Dre. Because of that heavy Snoop/Quik/Dre/Warren G influence, Sheist will inevitably be categorized as a gangsta rapper. But lyrically, Informal Introduction isn't all that violent. Although Sheist uses plenty of profanity and employs a lot of playa/baller/hustler/pimpin' imagery, this CD is more entertaining than threatening -- essentially, Informal Introduction is an R-rated party album. By 21st century standards, Sheist is hardly groundbreaking; no one who has listened to Snoop, Dre, Warren, and Quik extensively in the '90s will find Informal Introduction to be the least bit innovative. But the grooves are generally likable, and tunes like "Thug Luv" and "Stop...

And Think About It" are fairly catchy -- highly derivative, certainly, but catchy nonetheless. Informal Introduction won't go down in history as one of West Coast rap's definitive releases, but it's a decent, if slightly uneven, effort that does have its moments.

Holla Boyz IntroShade Sheist feat: DJ Echo / Vice1:08
Somebody Steals the Show / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist4:25
Act Like You Know Me / J.J. Jackson / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: Fabolous / Knoc-Turn'al5:04
John Doe / David BlakeShade Sheist feat: AMG / Hi-C / DJ Quik / Swift3:25
X2 / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: DJ Clue?4:27
Walk a Mile / N. Hale / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: Nate Dogg / Barbara Wilson3:45
Stop...And Think About It / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: Caz4:50
Money Owners / Timothy Mosley / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: Timbaland4:26
Wake UpShade Sheist feat: Nate Dogg / Warren G4:33
BMF / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist4:17
Thug Luv / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: Barbara Wilson3:42
Cali Diseaz (Musik) / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: Nate Dogg4:12
Here I Come / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: Damizza3:24
Where I Wanna Be / R. Brown / N. Hale / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: Nate Dogg / Kurupt4:20
The Urban Gospel / T.J. ThompsonShade Sheist feat: King Arthur4:18
Holla Boys OutroShade Sheist feat: Damizza / DJ Echo / Vice1:24

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