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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 extensively to Snoop, Dre, Warren, and Quik 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. [The album's also available in this clean version.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2002
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811297626
  • Catalog Number: 112976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holla Boyz Intro - DJ Echo (1:08)
  2. 2 Somebody Steals the Show (4:25)
  3. 3 Act Like You Know Me - Knoc-Turn'al (5:04)
  4. 4 John Doe (3:25)
  5. 5 X2 (4:27)
  6. 6 Walk a Mile - N.U.N.E. (3:45)
  7. 7 Stop...and Think About It (4:50)
  8. 8 Money Owners (4:26)
  9. 9 Wake Up (4:33)
  10. 10 BMF (4:17)
  11. 11 Thug Luv (3:42)
  12. 12 Cali Diseaz (Muzik) (4:12)
  13. 13 Here I Come (3:24)
  14. 14 Where I Wanna Be (4:20)
  15. 15 The Urban Gospel - N.U.N.E. (4:18)
  16. 16 Holla Boyz Outro - DJ Echo (1:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shade Sheist Primary Artist
AMG Vocals
Hi-C Vocals
Howard Hersh Bass, Keyboards
DeVante Swing Keyboards
Barbara Wilson Background Vocals
Swift Vocals
DJ E-Man scratching
Damizza Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
LaTonya Holmes Background Vocals
Anthony Mazza Guitar
Technical Credits
Eddie Berkeley Producer
DJ Quik Programming, Producer, Engineer
Howard Hersh Producer
Timbaland Producer
Manuel J. Donayre Illustrations
Florian Ammon Digital Editing
Kay Gee Producer
Damizza Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Shade Sheist Producer, Executive Producer
Steve Penny Engineer
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