Slang Editorial: Skeme Is ‘Over’ It
Guru (R.I.P.) from Gang Starr famously said that it was “mostly the voice” that gets rap fans to pay attention to an MC. If that’s the case you should get used to the signature deep rasp of Skeme the Duke.
The self-proclaimed “fifth member of Black Hippy” cut his teeth on the L.A. underground scene alongside Kendrick Lamar and the other members of Top Dawg Entertainment’s supergroup. Now, as we ease into 2014, Skeme has dropped a stellar independent LP, ‘Ingleworld.’ The album features guest shots from Wale, Iggy Azalea, Dom Kennedy as well as Nipsey Hussle and features dope production from Sean Momberger, Wizzo and Boi 1-Da, among others.
A few weeks back, a droopy-eyed, hooded-up Skeme came to The Boombox to talk about the new project: “’Ingleworld’ has been me workin’ from about last year at around this time [of year] to now just tryin’ to craft this project that was representative of myself and the guys that are around me that’re from the city that I’m from,” he said. “And just tryin’ to give everybody else a view at how we’re looking at things. I think I’m doin’ an all right job at it.”
He’s being modest but ‘Ingleworld’ is a testament to the versatile artist that he is. The album’s got music to turn up to (‘Bullets’), songs that show his sensitive side (‘What You Wanted’) and joints that exhibit his uncanny skill for spittin’ (‘Over Sick’).
Skeme definitely has a way with words so we asked him to break down some of his slanguage like “boof,” “bop” and, of course, “over” for this episode of Slang Editorial.
Check out the clip above and cop ‘Ingleworld’ on iTunes to hear everything used in context.
Watch Skeme’s ‘Oversick’ Video