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Skeme performing in November 2010.
Background information
Birth name Lonnie Kimble[1]
Also known as Skeme
Born (1990-01-03) January 3, 1990 (age 27)
Inglewood, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts

Lonnie Kimble (born January 3, 1990), better known by his stage name Skeme, is an American rapper born and raised in Inglewood, California. Skeme has collaborated with various West Coast rappers such as the Black Hippy members, Bizzy Bone, The Game, Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle, E-40, Casey Veggies and Problem among others. On October 16, 2012, Skeme released his debut studio album Alive & Living under RBC Records. His second studio album Ingleworld was released on December 17, 2013 by MADE Headlines. In July 2014, The Game announced that he had signed Skeme to Blood Money Entertainment. He also signed with Generation Now and Atlantic Records.

Early life[edit]

Lonnie Kimble was born on January 3, 1990.[2] His parent split when he was two years old and his father was in the military.[3] As a result, he moved in with his grandmother in Inglewood, California.[4] Once his father came into picture at age 10, he started listening to hip hop and memorizing his favorite songs. His dad originally gave him the idea to come up with his own material and start rapping.[4]

Skeme acquired his stage name at 13, when a friend noticed his craftiness at generating money. He said most of these money making strategies, were of the illegal nature, but they allowed him to purchase a BMW 525I while he was in the twelfth grade at Gardena's Junipero Serra High School.[2] He grew up affiliated with the Piru Blood gang and was a gangbanger throughout his high school years.[3][5]


2007–2010: Early mixtapes and Pistols and Palm Trees[edit]

Skeme first began rapping around age 12 and began writing around age 15. He recorded his first song at a studio in Long Beach, California, at age 16.[3] When he first began taking rapping seriously at age 17,[6] he was graduating high school. He shortly after met Dolla, whom he began hanging out and frequently working with. He credits Dolla for significantly influencing him.[4] He has said, "Dolla kind of molded me when I was young. He shaped me into being somebody and trying to tell me what could happen if you took this shit seriously."[7] In 2007 he released Skeme Of Things, which was then followed by Skeme Of Things 2 in June 2009.[8][9] On February 17, 2010, Skeme released his third official mixtape, All Rap'd Up, hosted by DJ Ill Will.[8][10] During those early years, he forged friendships with Los Angeles-area rappers such as Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kennedy. On October 19, 2010, Skeme released his fourth official mixtape Pistols and Palm Trees. He recorded the entire mixtape at Top Dawg Entertainment's studio in Carson, California.[4][11] It featured collaborations with Tyga, Ty Dolla Sign, Dom Kennedy and Kendrick Lamar.[1] On the strength of that mixtape, Skeme begun building his buzz.[12]

2011–2013: The Statement and Alive & Living[edit]

On May 19, 2011, Skeme released his fifth mixtape The Statement.[13] It featured collaborations with Casey Veggies and Dom Kennedy, with production by Boi-1da, Bink! and The Futuristiks, among others.[14][15] Later that year, on November 29, Skeme released his sixth mixtape Before My Next Statement.[16] With basketball player Baron Davis, Skeme started a Los Angeles-based entertainment management company named L.A. UNFD. Then he signed a one-album deal with RBC Records to release his debut studio album.[3] On October 10, 2012, Skeme revealed that track listing for his debut album, titled Alive & Living. The album contained guest appearances by Iggy Azalea, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy and Problem. The album's production was handled by Boi-1da, The Futuristiks, DJ Mustard, THC, and DJ Dahi.[17] The album was then released digitally on October 16, 2012. It was supported by the singles "Ain't Bout Dat Life" and "Kidz With Gunz", the latter which featured Schoolboy Q.[18]

In April 2013, Skeme told Bruce Smith of HipHopDX that he was in heavy talks with Top Dawg Entertainment about signing to their record label.[19] He commented on it saying, ""It's yet to be seen where exactly I’m gonna go. I'm just trying to make the right move. The next move has to be the best one. [...] With that being said, I am very close to TDE, them is the homies, and we are in heavy talks. It could be something."[20] He later stated that he chose not to sign to TDE so he did not get lost in the mix, wanting instead to remain independent and build his brand more.[21][22] Skeme also revealed that he had been in talks with Def Jam Recordings, Universal and Roc Nation about record deals during 2013. However, he stated that he was in no rush to sign to a major record label.[2] He was featured on an October 2013 commercial for Colt 45 along with Snoop Dogg, YG, Snow Tha Product, and Lil Debbie.[23]

2013-present: Ingleworld, Ingleworld 2 & 3 and Ingleworld4Eva[edit]

On September 27, 2013, Skeme released his seventh mixtape Bare With Me. It featured guest appearances by The Game, Nipsey Hussle, Problem and TeeFlii.[24] It was met with a positive review by HipHopDX.[25] Bare With Me consisted of left over songs from Ingleworld, that either did not fit the theme of the album, or had sample clearance issues.[4] Following its release, Skeme appeared on E-40's "Turn Up or Burn Up" from The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 6 and on The Game's "Welcome to California" from OKE.[4] Skeme toured in promotion of his second studio album, in the United States, along with internationally in countries such as the United Kingdom and Sweden.[2]

Ingleworld was released digitally by MADE Headlines on December 17, 2013.[22] The album was met with generally positive reviews. Bruce Smith of HipHopDX said, "On Ingleworld, Skeme combines an array of styles and cadences and an unheralded but highly skilled production team to craft an album with charm and depth."[26] Olivia Arezes of Exclaim! gave it a six out of ten saying, "Ingleworld is a valiant effort from Skeme but mediocre overall. Still, with some growth and improvement, Skeme could easily become a leader of the new West Coast sound."[27] Following the release of the album, MTV called him one of "hip-hop's top prospects for 2014."[22]

Starting January 23, 2014, Skeme begun touring with Dom Kennedy on the Get Home Safely tour, in promotion of Kennedy's album Get Home Safely that Skeme also made an appearance on. The tour ran through February 27, 2014.[28] Skeme was nominated for the 2014 XXL freshman class, however he was not selected.[29]

On July 14, 2014, The Game announced that Skeme had been signed to his Blood Money Entertainment Label. He released a collaboration with The Game titled "No Limit" after the announcement. He was featured heavily on the Blood Money Entertainment collaborative project released by The Game entitled Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf.

In 2015, Skeme worked heavily with DJ Drama and Don Cannon as an artist in their label/company. He is still currently a part of this organization which consists of himself, DJ Drama, Don Cannon and Lil Uzi Vert. His first single of 2015 was "Red Carpet (Roll Out)" produced by Sean Momberger. On June 9, 2015, Skeme released the mixtape Ingleworld 2 (hosted by DJ Drama), which featured artists such as The Game, T.I., RJ, Young Thug, BJ The Chicago Kid and Lil Uzi Vert among others with production from Sean Momberger, Don Cannon, Boi-1da, DJ Plugg, Alex Lustig and 808 Mafia among others. Ingleworld 2 was later released as an album as a no DJ version and received generally favourable reviews. Popularity for the songs "36 OZ", "Find Out (feat. The Game)" and "B Like" gained Skeme recognition. The use of auto tune became more consistent in his music, sometimes this was criticized and at other times this was praised, especially from the song "36 OZ". Later he announced a third album in his "Ingleworld" series, which was to be released on November 13, 2015. The singles released were "Anyways", "Back & Forth (feat. Yakki)", "Who I Came Wit", "Cake" and "36 Oz (feat. Chris Brown)". "Back and Forth" and "Who I Came Wit" did not make the Ingleworld 3 album track list. The song "36 Oz (feat. Chris Brown" gained Skeme major popular recognition and radio play, coming from being the remix to the successful "36 OZ" track. To date, it his most popular song released and has been played many times on Power 106 FM Los Angeles, as well as throughout the rest of the US.

Skeme featured on The Game's second disc of The Documentary 2 on the song "My Flag/Da Homies", which was also released as a single prior to the albums release. A video for this song was released on December 17, 2015 and so far has nearly 4 million views. Skeme also featured on a track released by the MMG artist Wale - "Know Me (feat. Skeme)" and featured in the video for this song as well. After the release of Ingleworld 3, Skeme was featured as the season opening artist on the online web series known as "On The Come Up" by hotnewhiphop.

Ingleworld 3 received generally positive reviews and praise from multiple sources specifically for "becoming an artist with more variety and musically developed" and compliments on the "extraordinary production throughout the album". Recently, Skeme announced another and possibly final addition to his Ingleworld album series, to be entitled Ingleworld4eva. In preparation for this album, he has released a mixtape entitled "Before 4Eva" through and other music sites that stream free music. Attending SXSW 2016, he promoted his new mixtape and previous two albums that released in 2015 for Ingleworld4Eva alongside artists such as Lil Uzi Vert and Sauce Walka among others.

In March 2016, Skeme was nominated for the 10th place to be voted into by the people for the XXL 2016 Freshman Cover. A popular single by the fellow California rapper AD featuring Skeme and RJ was released on March 29, 2016, titled "Let Em Know" for AD's upcoming album. On April 16, 2016, Skeme performed at the So-Cal 2016 Cannabis Cup prior to fellow west coast up-and-comer AD and The Game.

No date has been announced yet on the release of Ingleworld4Eva, but Skeme has been releasing snippets of music that are thought to be on the album through Instagram. Features on the album are slated to be Chris Brown, The Game, French Montana, Sade, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q among others.

On May 6, DJ Drama released a single off his "Quality Street Music 2" album, title "Wishing" featuring Chris Brown, Skeme and LyQuin. A music video has been shot for the single and features DJ Drama, Chris Brown, Skeme and LyQuin, with cameo appearances by 50 Cent and The Game.

Personal life[edit]

Skeme's great-uncle is the late blues legend Howlin' Wolf.[2] Skeme's first son Khalil Amari Kimble was born during September 2013.[3]

Musical style[edit]

Brooklyne Gipson of Complex said that Skeme is a "testament to diversity in L.A.'s sound. With his raspy voice, marked by a slight southern drawl hidden under a distinctly West Coast dialect." She then stated that his raps have the "passion of 2Pac and the wit of Lil Wayne" also complimenting his production choices.[30]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Alive & Living
Ingleworld 2
  • Release date: June 9, 2015
  • Label: Blood Money, MADE Headlines,
  • Format: CD, digital download
Ingleworld 3
  • Release date: November 13, 2015
  • Label: Blood Money, MADE Headlines,, Empire
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


  • 2007: Skeme of Things
  • 2009: Skeme of Things 2
  • 2010: All Rap'd Up
  • 2010: Pistols and Palm Trees
  • 2011: The Statement[15]
  • 2011: Before My Next Statement
  • 2013: Bare with Me[31]
  • 2016: Before 4Eva
  • 2016: Paranoia


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
"Ain't Bout Dat Life "[32]
(featuring Jay 305)
2012 Alive & Living
"Kidz With Gunz"[33]
(featuring Schoolboy Q)
"Different"[34] 2013 Ingleworld
"Look What I Did"[35]
(Skeme featuring T.I.)
2014 Play Dirty, Stay Dirty
"Anyways" 2015 Ingleworld 3
"36 Oz"
(featuring Chris Brown)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured performer, with selected chart positions showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
(Problem featuring Skeme)
2012 118 Welcome to Mollywood
"Show Summ"[38]
(League of Starz featuring Problem, Skeme, Freddie Gibbs, Jay Rock, Glasses Malone and Bad Lucc)
2013 N/A
(DJ Drama featuring Chris Brown, Skeme and LyQuin)
2016 77 29 Quality Street Music 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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