Scoe has always operated behind the scenes. The Philly-born, West Coast-groomed rapper was first introduced to the hip-hop world through his older brother Kurupt, who was busy making classics with his Death Row brethren when Scoe (formerly Roscoe) showed up on the left coast as a kid. Sitting in on some of the early Snoop sessions for the Murder Was The Case soundtrack, Scoe soaked in some of the techniques and experiences that surrounded much of the G-Funk, West Coast sound. "You see these reality shows that make it easy for people to just walk up and down the street and turn their life into something as long as they got a camera on them," he says. "The cameras [used to be] in the bushes trying to get sneak peeks of what our life was like."

Scoe was one of the main contributors to Dr. Dre's long-rumored Detox album, going through beats and writing rhymes for the project, while also ghostwriting for Dre and Diddy, among others. Now he's stepping out into the spotlight with a new mixtape, Tha Influence, which will precede an album with the same name. And while he's stepping out mostly alone—Kendrick Lamar and Xzibit are the only two features on the project—he's doing it on a lush platform provided from some of the hottest producers in the game, a veritable laundry list that includes Just Blaze, Mike WiLL Made It, Jahlil Beats, Statik Selektah, Hi-Tek, Nottz, Jake One and more. Last week, Scoe hopped on the phone with XXL to discuss his mixtape, his upcoming album, and who exactly is leading the charge for the West Coast right now. —Dan Rys (@danrys)