Shades of Culture is a Hip Hop trio based in Montreal. The trio was started in 1991 and its members are known as DShade, Revolution, and DJ Storm. They are regarded as one of the pioneers of rap music in Montreal and the Province of Quebec.
After having won the Big Break competition in 1992, they proceeded to record several demo tapes and arrange multiple Canadian tours with several U.S. and Canadian bands. They have toured with Bad Brains, Triggerhappy, SNFU, Ten Foot Pole and several other popular underground and mainstream acts. After averaging at least three shows a week over a span of three years, the trio finally recorded an EP entitled Paying Rent. This three song demo also included a video which aired regularly across Canada.
After completing their fourth tour across Canada, the trio released their first full length CD entitled MINDSTATE. Following the release of this CD, several 12" singles with such artists such as Mr. Len, and DJ Atrak. They also released a self-titled "Mindstate" single featuring Desi DiLauro. Backed with the support of Muchmusic, MusiquePlus, BET and MTV their video aired regularly. The trio band subsequently took several "mini-tours" around Quebec with pop group The Backstreet Boys. They also opened for musicians such as: Eminem, Gangstarr, KRS-1, The Beatnuts, Ben Harper, and Jurassic 5.
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