For the past decade, Inglewood-bred rapper Skeme has kept the blogosphere buzzing with a slew of releases showing off his diverse set of talents. Whether rapping over original production from the likes of Bo1da, B!nk, DJ Dahi or offering up his take of the latest radio hit, Skeme’s seems at home boasting about his lifestyle or recounting tales from his neighborhood. Slick flows and metaphors coupled with his trademark raspy voice that features just a hint of a southern drawl has helped him amass a steady following. Set to preform on Friday October 7 at the ArtistAudtions.com showcase Puff Puff Pass, Skeme will be one of the most intrguing acts to hit the stage at this year’s A3C Festival & Conference.
Although Skeme’s music has yet to garner him mainstream success, the rumor mill has named him one of the most sought after ghostwriters in the game. The 26-year-old emcee has collaborated with Australian import, Iggy Azalea, on multiple occasions. As Azalea’s “Fancy” racked up headlines for its pop chart dominance and criticism of her place in hip-hop, rumors began to circulate that Skeme penned the single. Skeme has remained tight lipped on the subject despite being asked multiple times, but he did confirm that the rumors may have some merit to them during an appearance on Sway’s Universe last year.
“Come on, man. That’s what the ghost is about,” Skeme said when asked who he’s ghostwritten for. “You just know he exists…I got cool, little certificates and sh*t, but I ain’t got the joint [Grammy award]. I got a certificate and a nice ass suit. And then like four or five plaques. I had a nice Billboard year last year…We had something do with it [‘Fancy’]. A lot of vibes, a lot of push. We put trust funds up for that song. So, shout out to that song.”
Iggy Azalea isn’t the only friend Skeme has made in his rap career. He has had the chance to collaborate with the likes of the Game, T.I., Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar. Pistols and Palm Trees, his first project to gain a nationwide buzz, was recorded at Top Dawg Entertainment studios in Carson, California. So it came as a surprise to many when the young rapper turned down a deal with TDE stating that he wanted to stand on his own two. Since, he has inked deals with the Game’s Blood Money imprint, Generation Now and Atlantic records.
Whether you are hearing about Skeme for the first time or you are a die-hard fan, check out these tracks to get you ready for his October 7 performance.