He's a street fighter who knows how to rough people up, but he's always looking to do more than a heist and be more than hired muscle. Out to make a name for himself, Shades pals up with his partner in crime, Comanche, to become the next kings of the New York underground.
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Shades grew up on the streets. As a kid, he joined a criminal group called the Rivals which also counted Carl Lucas, Willis Stryker, and his best friend Comanche as members. Together, they forged a rough path across the city and often engaging in fights with the Diablos, a rival gang. Shades often wore designer sunglasses, giving him his trademark look and moniker.
During his time with the Rivals, Shades met a fellow New Yorker named Reina Alvarez. Reina and Shades would go on to become a couple. After Shades found himself working for the crime lord Sonny Caputo, he ended up landing in Seagate Prison along with Comanche. While Shades was there, Reina gave birth to their child and named him Victor.
As Shades and Comanche did time, they were tortured by a prison guard named Billy Bob Rackham. After years of abuse, Rackham was eventually discharged—but when Shades and Comanche escaped the prison, they sought him out to get their revenge.