Tramayne Rayel Thompson (born October 22, 1979), primarily known by his stage name Shade Sheist, is an American songwriter and recording artist 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.
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. Sheist, Kurupt and Nate Dogg performed the title single, which peaked at #60 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart but at #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. Damizza recorded the track "Bad News" with Shade Sheist and N.U.N.E. 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 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.
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.
On August 1, 2013 Shade Sheist released a brand-new, 7-track EP titled "BLACKOPS," which featured himself on production as well as vocals. Shade simultaneously unveiled his #GFUNKISFOREVER campaign with the release of the EP.