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Hella Juiced: Skeme

The city of Angels is full of gems. When you think of Hollywood, you think of the Walk of Fame and A-list celebrities. When you think of Santa Monica, you think of the beach and the ocean. When you think of downtown, you think of The Staples Center, home to the Lakers (or Clippers). When you think of Westwood, you think of UCLA. When you think of Inglewood… you think of Skeme. Read more…

Introducing, Mr. Ingleworld himself. You might recognize Skeme from his hit single “36 OZ” featuring Chris Brown. Now, he continues to make a name for himself in the rap game. In 2015, Skeme signed to DJ Drama’s Generation Now label, putting him in the same corner as some of the greats such as Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti. Recruiting CB again, it was only a matter of time before “Wishing” would reach Gold status.

Just last month, Young California caught up with Skeme just ahead of the release of his EP titled Second Notice, which comes as the second installment in the trilogy. This 3-track project soon proved to be a precursor to the full-length album called Overdue (fitting to the name), slated to be released in 2018.

For those who don’t know, who is Skeme?

Skeme is Mr. Ingleworld himself. A whole lotta rapping going on, a whole lotta singing, and just somebody who’s trying to push music forward for the West Coast.

How’s Inglewood treating you?

[That’s] home. So pretty well. The city kind of belongs to me now, so yeah.

Do you feel it’s harder to convince people elsewhere?

No, not at all. I just move around. I’ve been back and forth, from here to Atlanta. A little bit of time in New York.

Were you recording in Atlanta?

Yeah, a lot.

I feel like a lot people are doing that.

Yeah, Generation Now is who I’m signed to. So me and DJ Drama, Don Cannon, Lil Uzi, ugly ass Carti, and Lyquin. So it’s all of us as a collective, so it’s pretty cool out there.

Congrats on that, I wanted to talk about that. How that journey been, signing to DJ Drama’s label?

It’s been cool. You know, that’s my big brother. We’ve been locked in for a long time now, so it’s a cool process. And it’s all in the family, so that’s a cool situation for me to be in.

Are you making music with Uzi, Carti, and all of them?

Yeah, definitely. It’s a long thing coming. Hopefully we have it done by the album, all the way put together and figured out.

For your own album?

Yeah.

That’s super lit!

Yeah, a lil bit.

Talk about your new EP Second Notice.

Second Notice is cool. Most of it is produced by my brother Sean Momberger, who’s been producing a lot of stuff for me for awhile now. Three songs on there: “High Notes,” “Won’t Judge You,” and “Solid.” Most of them are geared to the ladies. A softer Skeme presenting. This is definitely less gangster than most of the shit I’ve done before.

Why?

I don’t know. [laughs]

What are you going through?

I’d just rather not be tough in the winter. Winter is like a cool season to be next to girls and shit.

What do want fans to get out of this?

Just, like I said, a different look at what’s going on. Musically, I tend to do a lot of hard shit, when it’s like I still write pop records. So it’s crazy shit going outside of just what I do as an artist. So I want to start showing off that side too.

Speaking of, talk about your pen game.

It’s hard to talk about it, shout out to Chris Brown, too. His album just released and we got a few on there. So yeah, shout out to my brother.

So what other tracks have you written for in the past?

It’s so hard to say. I can’t even say it, ‘cause I got non-disclosure agreements and shit. But it’s a lot of shit, a whole lot of chart positions.

How do you balance rapping and songwriting?

I mean, for the most part, it’s the same thing. It’s just music. It’s just expression. There’s some stuff I couldn’t do for myself because it doesn’t really fit into my brand. I never believe in boxing yourself in too, so it’s not hard to do at all.

Congrats on “Wishing” going gold. How are you feeling?

Man, that’s amazing!

Do you guys expect that to happen?

We were hoping it’d happen. It’s great that it did happen, though. I’m happy about that, for sure. Definitely.

So you’re only 27, what’s your end goal?

Shit, I really don’t have an end goal. Hopefully a lot of money. There’s not really an end goal, I guess. I want respect from peers in the music industry that you look at, people that I watched come in. Respect of my sound is really a goal of mine. So other than that, I’m happy with whatever it lands on.

What’s a normal day in the life?

Aw, man. Waking up at about 3 o’clock, so I’m about 2 hours early right now. [laughs]

Dang, really? What time you go to bed bro?

7am.

In the studio or partying?

A little bit of both. Like I said, probably about 5 or 6 hours of me figuring out different songs or different patterns of rapping, or just whatever’s going on because I really don’t tend to write it too much anymore. So, it’s weird. There’s that. And then probably spend time arguing with somebody’s girl because of something. Yup, that’s pretty much a day in my life.

I know you’re a fan of Kendrick. Who’s the most played artist on your phone right now?

Future.

Word?

Yeah, for sure.

You on that Super Slimey?

That’s my guy. That shit hot. Definitely “Killed Before,” that’s my favorite shit on there. Shout out to Thug, too. That’s my boy.

Dream collab?

Ummmmm… really no one. Sade. Definitely wanna do that.

Anymore records with Nip?

Probably so. I wouldn’t doubt it. That’s my dude.

Will you be on his new project?

No, I doubt it. I highly doubt it because that would be kind of like pulling it out of nowhere. Nah, I don’t think so. We done worked damn near across the hall from each other for a few months.

Is there anything else you want to let Young California know?

I guess that I’ll love Young California forever. I was a part of this when it started. These my peoples forever. Shout out to everybody — home team.

Yeah, Amen was super excited.

Right, that’s my dog. I done drove out to the Bay off of no sleep. 24 hours straight of me being wide the fuck awake. I left from here (DTLA), right across the street.

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