Young California is thriving. Home to Nipsey Hu$$le, YG, Dom Kennedy, Iamsu! and Sage The Gemini, the West is making its way back into the top spot in hip-hop. Over the span of this year, each of these MCs has made his mark with critically acclaimed projects. Whether it was the innovative campaign for Crenshaw or the explosion of Sage catching your attention, hip-hop has seen talent from the Bay to L.A. grow into recognizable rap stars.

Inglewood’s Skeme has steadily built his buzz off the strength of 2010’s Pistols & Palm Trees. That mixtape showcased the 23-year-old rocking with Tyga, Dom, Kendrick and more, as well as introduced how two worlds often collide. Three years later, the left-coaster gifted rap fans with Bare With Me that featured tracks made during the recording of his debut LP. Now, he’s focused on Ingleworld, an album set to give a slice of his hometown through a truth-telling lens. His single, “Different,” offers a compelling take on the street life, where he throws down raw rhymes without hesitation.

Skeme swung through the XXL headquarters earlier this month where we touched on how he got his rap name, being influenced by the late Dolla and almost signing to TDE. Meet Skeme in The Come Up.As Told To Eric Diep