- REPPIN' THAT WEST COAST ALL DAY.
There is nothing understated about the next up from the West. There is no introduction even needed as anyone who knows their West Coast history is more than familiar with Scoe. His lyrical dexterity has captivated folks for years and his continued relevancy forever recognized. We caught up with the westcoast lyrical phenom who now goes by the name Scoe.
Situating himself smack bang in the middle of Los Angeles rap fraternity in the mid nineties, Scoe developed both a talent and appreciation for music from a young age. A published writer from the age of 14, Scoe scored his first deal two years later with Priority/Capitol and by 17 was situated on the Billboard Top 40. With two albums to his credit, Philaphornia and I Luv Cali his ascent within the music industry was both fast and furious.
Eager to present himself as more than just a rapper, Scoe emulates a distinct style that sees him firmly situated at the top of the class. It is not just about Scoe the rapper; it is about Scoe the personality. Offering rap aficionados, in his own words a vintage luxury swagger with a gangster twist fused with a positive energy while embedded with a serious worth ethic and the deliverance of hit after hit, super status is the only applicable option here.
Scoe acknowledges that to get
to where he finds himself today is all about making the right decisions.
With every problem comes a decision and usually this decision consists
of only two choices the right thing to do and the wrong thing to do. I
was taught if you don't make the decision, the decision makes you,
he explains. My success is a result of hard work and a decision
to never give up. So armed with this attitude and an abundance of
fans to satiate, the continuation of success is inevitable.
The lead off single from the
upcoming album, Thank You, an ode to the Aftermath super-producer
Dr. Dre saw Scoes viral presence skyrocket. The Jake One produced
soundscape saw him team up with Compton rapper, Kendrick Lamar, delivering
a solid taster of what is in store with his impending mixtape. Using this
as his calling card for labels, Tha Influence has more than enough for
the industry to feast upon.
It's been a minute, last time we saw you we were @ a Roger Troutman tribute in L.A. for the video. How have you been?
Ive Been Good I just had a baby girl. I got a Brand new album coming called "Tha Influence. Which will be released the beginning of 2013.
Congratulations on the baby, Homie. You been doing this music for a minute now. You like the way hip-hop is progressing? Or do you think its at a crossroads?
Im more worried about what goes on in real life, in real life community situations. I don't get too involved in hip-hop community situations. Im into the business side of things though; I think hip-hop is progressing a lot of ways business wise. Thats always cool to watch.
There are a lot
of talented cats out there, you included that don't get the major spotlight
they deserve, Aint gonna mention any names but... There is so much
garbage getting airplay, hitting charts, etc.. What do you think needs
to take place for the real rap artists (artists that are lyrically talented)
to get their share? I mean WWF Is cool for the kids or whatever, but lets
keep it real, it's tough even turning on the radio these days.
Whatever happened to Wolfpac records? Those dudes were cool as hell., Wolf, his sister, etc.. They still working in the biz?
The wolf pac is in
full effect. I was just over there. Everybodys doing good. They're
So you got this
new project on deck, Tha Influence.. heard a couple tracks, they're dope!
What all went into this album? Is it completely finished? when's it dropping?
what label, etc..
I can't tell you that
man... lol, then everybody's gonna have a dope album, lmao. Lets just
say I have the capitol connections.
That was cool paying homage to Dre on the "Thank You" track. What made you decide to do that?
That was genuine.
I had the opportunity with working with DRE. I was very humble and thank
full the advice and experience so I put it on wax. Kdot is Dre's favourite
rapper right now so, I felt like he was perfect for the record. What better
way to say thank you to Dr. Dre then to give him what he likes to listen
to. Kdot was gracious enough to give us a 16 on the strength. Which makes
him a priority on my loyalty list forever.
We shot part of the video. We have one more day of shooting to do. This video has a surprise twist. Im looking forward to see how people react to it.
Kendrick Lamar's new album did some good #'s.. What's your take on the new talent reppin the West? Besides yourself, Who else you see making a huge impact?
I like everything
coming out the west. Call me a patriot if you will. Im culturally
bias when it comes to west coast music I support it all.
Its always nice to see someone successful. In my eyes I don't think Dre's involvement or non-involvement should be a factor when measuring up someone else's success.
We need more artists on top of their game who have the necessary resources who can showcase these overlooked talented artists. If there was more unity on the West coast, I think there would be a dramatic change.
Everybody needs to
just stay in there own lane. People need to handle their business better.
You think the West coast is lacking in unity?
The whole world is
lacking unity. The same people hollering about unity are the same people
who don't like each other. The way I see it is if everybody would clean
up there own back yard instead of talking bad about the next person the
whole the neighborhood would look nicer.
Thats up to
god. Every dog has its day. The sun will shine this way again. Imma be
here when it do.
That's my bother.
We gonna work together forever like K-Ci & Jojo. Right now I'm focused
on my solo effort.
Im doing all kind of shit right now. Im really not at liberty to say but I'm very well taken care of. Im doing everything I wanna do.
What's up with Y.A.(YOUNG ASSASSINS) That was you, Tri-state, Tone, and somebody else, right?.. You guys still keep in touch? You guys doing any music together?
Lol at Tri-State.
It's Tri-star, Young Tone, Bizznitty & Slo Stalone.
Lol, Whats the worst advice you ever received, and from who?
The worst advice probably
came from myself. Like when someone gave me good advice I said man fuck
their advice. That was advice.
I don't know. I don't
give a fuck.
Get laid, get buzzed,
say my prayers and kick it with my daughter. Probably call a few muthafuckas
too and say it's been real.
What kinda weed they
got in the white house. I know they got some good shit. What you smoking
on? Let me hit some of that white house weed.
Gabrielle Union LOL
I always wanted to hit that. I was at a party once and she walks up to
me and said "Hey" I turned around a looked and said, "Oh
shit its Gabrielle Union". She said, "Oops my bad I thought
you were Kurupt". I was like "Nah I'm not Kurupt baby I'm the
next best thing." She turned me down which is the craziest thing
because no females turned me down. Its all good though you gotta
be in the NBA to hit that lol.
Tha Infuence Japan Tour early 2013 and I have a few other things on the table right now.