Skeme is making a name for himself in hip hop as he releases quality music for the masses. The man from the City of Inglewood has been steady in touring and keeping the people’s attention on his music and the West Coast in general.
How did you get into rapping?
I started rapping as a challenge to my pops. I used to quote rap songs and when I first started I was horrible. But then as I got better, I was battling a little bit and now I’m here.
Where did the name Skeme come from and does it mean anything?
It’s a nickname as a kid I used to plot on ways to get money shoot dice, basically anything to get money. The spelling came from a tag I seen from a graffiti artists.
Where are you from?
I’m from Inglewood, CA from the Westside of Inglewood, the Manchester/Crenshaw area.
How has the game been treating you so far?
It’s been a grind, I have been enjoying it, taking it in one day at a time. This is actually something I want to do.
How do you feel about what is being called the New West Coast?
I love it, it’s a breath of fresh air with all the talk of the West being dead. It’s actually flipped around and now we got a lot of players, a lot of hitters on the team that are relevant. I’m honored to be a part of it.
Why do you think some in the “New West Coast” haven’t achieved the mainstream success like those in the “Old West Coast”?
The music has changed, this climate is a weird one. You almost have to be like a renegade doing things on your own. There is no big push from the labels, radio stations are more reluctant to play new music. Some deejays aren’t allowed to bring their own computers. The industry is downsizing. I think it would take about one or two of us new cats to break it open then it would be on.
Talk about your mixtape Before My Next Statement hosted by the La Leakers?
I was working like crazy, I was going on tour with Dom Kennedy. So while I was working, I put the project together and reached to the Leakers. T.O. featuring Problem was produced by DJ Mustard who did Rack City.
What is next for Skeme?
I’m working on my album Alive and Living. There is a lot of label talk around the project. Some people you might see on the album are Dom Kennedy, Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle, Big Krit, Smoke DZA, ASAP Rocky, Boy Wonda, Roosevelt, and some guys from the South I don’t want to name yet. I did a son with Iggy Azalea. I’m getting my feet wet, doing lots of shows and doing another tour with Dom Kennedy. The album will be my first on ITunes and it should be coming around April or May.