EXCLUSIVE: Skeme on the Prevalence of Bloods and Crips in L.A. and the Industry


(AllHipHop News Feature) Recently AllHipHop.com sat down with newly crowned Breeding Ground Artist, Skeme, fresh off the heals of his recently released project, Alive and Living.

In the extensive interview with AllHipHop.com, Skeme spoke candidly about growing up in the gang infested streets of Inglewood, where he developed an affiliation with the Piru Blood gang, notorious for wearing their bright red colors.

While the perception is that gang violence has subsided in most parts of Los Angeles, Skeme explained that those views are based on a lack of information, as most people visit Hollywood and are actually never in the the roughest parts of the city like Compton or Inglewood.

Skeme also dished on his perspective of gang representation in the music industry as in recent years several artists have openly represented their gang affiliation.

“I’m from Inglewood, California, period. Most cats at my shows are Inglewood n*ggas or West L.A. n*ggas.  I kind of am one of the lucky n*ggas that gets love from both sides of the fence, like for real for real, like genuine love, so it’s a beautiful thing,” said Skeme.

“But, at the same time, you kind of have to have an eye for what the beauty in the situation. Some people don’t even get it and try to bash it and just tell n*ggas that we ignorant, and that n*ggas is *ssholes for what they dying for and shooting for. But at the end of the day, it’s really a respect thing for your n*ggas. Like that’s who you end up ridin’ with in the first place, and that’s how I look at, that’s how I always will look at it. I’ma ride for the homies.”

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