Shon Adams, better known by his stage name E-A-Ski, is an American rapper and producer from Oakland, California. He served as both a rapper and producer for No Limit Records, producing on Master P's early records and additionally releasing a few of his own material.

Music career

1990-95: No Limit, 1 Step Ahead Of Yall and Blast If I Have To

In the early 1990s E-A-Ski signed to fellow rapper Master P's label No Limit Records when he was based in Richmond, California. As a solo artist in 1992 with his collaborator DJ CMT he released his debut EP 1 Step Ahead of Yall. By the mid-1990s E-A-Ski disbanded from No Limit Records and signed to Priority Records. He released a second EP in 1995 additionally entitled Blast If I Have To, his first single from the album entitled "Blast If I Have To" it would additionally be a single from the Friday: Music from the Motion Picture.

1997-98: Earthquake

In 1997 after disbanding from Priority Records E-A-Ski signed to Relativity Records. In 1997 E-A-Ski released his first single from his upcoming debut album Earthquake entitled "Showdown"; it featured singer Montell Jordan. In 1998 after negotiating with Dreamworks Records to buy him out his contract from Relativity Records to promote Earthquake more quickly and aggressively than Relativity would or could, E-A-Ski and his label IMG agreed to sign to DreamWorks. Also in 1998 E-A-Ski released the second single from the album Earthquake entitled "25 With A Mill Ticket". But on December 7, 1998, E-A-Ski would sue DreamWorks for $30 million due to them at the time not wanting to release Earthquake; the album would later be shelved.

2001-10: The Resume

In E-A-Ski signed to Columbia Records and started working on a new album entitled Apply Pressure. In 2002 E-A-Ski released two singles from Apply Pressure entitled "Manuscript" and "Gangsta Funk". But, due to BMG buying into a percentage of Columbia Records, it stopped the release process of the album In 2003 E-A-Ski disbanded from Columbia Records and go completely independent with his label IMG, in that same year E-A-Ski released a single from Apply Pressure entitled "Can't Get Enough" featuring artists San Quinn and Allen Anthony. In 2004 E-A-Ski released a single from Apply Pressure entitled "Ride". In 2005 E-A-Ski released a single from Apply Pressure entitled "MyBad".

On September 7, 2010 E-A-Ski released his debut album entitled The Resume via his label IMG, it was his first album released in 15 years.

2010-present: The Fifth Of Skithoven

On October 31, 2010 throughout interview E-A-Ski announced that he was working on a new album entitled The Fifth Of Skithoven.

On April 3, 2012 E-A-Ski released a single entitled "Off The Radar" featuring artists King T and Young Maylay. On September 24, 2012 E-A-Ski released a single entitled "Cruise Control". On July 9, 2013 E-A-Ski released a single entitled "That Ain't No Heat" featuring hip hop icon Messy Marv. On September 10, 2013 E-A-Ski released a single entitled "Ratchet Music".

On December 15, 2014 E-A-Ski released a single entitled "They Know".

On Jul 10, 2015 E-A-Ski released a single entitled "Wake Em Up" featuring artists Tech N9ne and Too $hort.

Record production

In 1992–1993 he produced several tracks on Spice 1's albums Spice 1 and 187 He Wrote . 187 He Wrote peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 10 on the Billboard 200 in 1993. Continuing to solidify the strength of his production work with Spice-1, the E-A-Ski produced Trigga Gots No Heart which additionally featured in the Menace II Society film, as well being released as a single (with video) for promotion for the now classic Hughes Brothers film. The Menace II Society soundtrack is a platinum-certified album.

In 1995, E-A-Ski scored yet again with his production on "Playa Hater" off the Luniz Operation Stackola album. Certified Platinum by the RIAA, Operation Stackola served as the Luniz highest-selling album to date, peaking at number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at Number 20 on the Billboard 200 in 1995. In addition, the E-A-Ski produced song "Playa Hata" sparked the now infamous, and after resolved, beef between the Luniz and Too Short, which prompted Too Short to record several response records on his tenth album Gettin' It.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS R&B
The Resume
  • Released: September 7, 2010
  • Label: IMGMI
  • Format: CD, MD, LP
The Fifth Of Skithoven
  • Release date: TBA, 2016
  • Label: IMGMI
  • Formats: CD, MD, LP
TBR

Extended Play's

List of EP's, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS R&B
High Stepping
Breaking Them Off Something
(with CMT as SKI $ CMT)
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: No Limit, In-A-Minute
  • Format: Cassette, EP
1 Step Ahead of Yall
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: No Limit, In-A-Minute
  • Format: CD, Cassette, MD, EP
Blast If I Have To
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Priority
  • Format: CD, Cassette, MD, EP
Please
  • Released: August 23, 2011
  • Label: IMGMI
  • Format: MD, EP
Artist/Producer
  • Released: TBA, 2016
  • Label: IMGMI
  • Format: CD, Cassette, MD, EP
TBR

Soundtrack albums

List of soundtrack albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
US
US R&B
Friday
(with Various artists)
11

Compilation albums

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US
US
R&B
West Coast Bad Boyz II
(with Various artist as West Coast Bad Boyz)
176

Miscellaneous

List of miscellaneous albums, with selected information
TitleAlbum detailsNotes
Earthquake
  • Originally meant to be released as E-A-Ski's debut studio album. Notwithstanding due to Dreamworks at the time not wanting to release the album, E-A-Ski filed a $30 million lawsuit against DreamWorks. Earthquake was recorded while E-A-Ski was signed to Relativity Records. On March 19, 2009 the album was leaked.

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS
R&B
US
Rap
"Straight Business"19921 Step Ahead of Yall
"Blast If I Have To"1995Blast If I Have To and Friday: Music from the Motion Picture
"Showdown"
(featuring Montell Jordan)
1997Earthquake (Shelved)
"25 With A Mill Ticket"1998
"Manuscript"2002The Resume
"Gangsta Funk"
"Can't Get Enough"
(featuring San Quinn and Allen Anthony)
2003
"Ride"2004
"MyBad"2005
"Off The Radar"
(featuring King T and Young Maylay)
2012N/A
"Cruise Control"N/A
"That Ain't No Heat"
(featuring Messy Marv)
2013N/A
"Ratchet Music"N/A
"They Know"2014N/A
"Wake Em Up"
(featuring Tech N9ne and Too $hort)
2015The Fifth Of Skithoven

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS
R&B
US
Rap
"Trust Nobody"
(Master P featuring E-A-Ski)
1992Mama's Bad Boy

E-A-Ski and CMT production discography

1992

  • Spice 1Spice 1
    • 03. "East Bay Gangster (Reggae)"
    • 07. "Young Nigga"
    • 14. "187 Pure"
  • TRUUnderstanding the Criminal Mind
    • 01. "Niggas From Calli"
    • 04. "Little Slut"
    • 08. "Im The Funkest"
    • 09. "I Wear A Bullet Proof Vest"
    • 10. "Understanding The Criminal Mind"
    • 11. "1-900-Crime"

1993

  • Spice 1187 He Wrote
    • 02. "Dumpin' Em In Ditches"
    • 11. "Runnin' Out Da Crackhouse"
    • 12. "Trigga Gots No Heart"
    • 14. "RIP"

1995

1996

  • Ice-TVI – Return of the Real
    • 02. "Where The Shit Goes Down" (feat. E-A-Ski)
  • Mr. Mike – Wicked Wayz
    • 01. "Intro"
    • 02. "Southwest" (feat. E-A-Ski)
    • 03. "G's Perspective"
    • 04. "Where Ya Love At"
    • 10. "Da Boogie Man"
    • 12. "Game Affiliation"

1997

  • Crime Boss – Conflicts & Confusion
    • 02. "Conflicts & Confusion"
    • 03. "No Friends"
    • 06. "Back To The Streets"
    • 08. "What Does It Mean (To Be A Real Crime Boss)"
    • 09. "Close Range"
    • 10. "Please Stop"
    • 13. "Get Mine"

1998

2000

2002

2004

2005

2006

2007

2010

2014

  • MC RenRebel Music (EP)
    • 00. All tracks

2015

  • Ice CubeEverythang's Corrupt
    • "Still In The Kitchen"
    • "Pocket Full of Evil"