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    Scoe Biography

    Scoe needed a change. The artist formerly known as Roscoe had been on a major label, releasing the acclaimed Young Roscoe Philaphornia album on Capitol Records in 2003 and steadily touring and collaborating with his older brother Kurupt. But in 2005, Scoe was in a serious car accident. After his rehabilitation, the DPG rapper returned with the I Luv Cali album in 2006 and The Frank and Jess Story collaborative release with Kurupt two years later. But something didn’t feel right, so he turned to ghostwriting, penning songs with and for Puffy, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Warren G, among others. “When I started ghostwriting for people, it was more about a competitive thing,” Scoe says. “I wanted to be a better rapper. It took me back to when I first started rapping. I was in competition with myself to write a better rap. It took me back to that perspective and got me out of the artist mode of being like, ‘My opinion is the dopest and everything I say is hot.’ It put me in the perspective of, ‘Let me listen. Scratch that. Let me start over and constantly keep working to be better.’ That’s what happened with the ghostwriting. I think that’s what ultimately got me back to wanting to go and put records out again.” Now rebuilt and reshaped by his work with rap’s elite, Scoe has emerged as an even more potent artist than before. The evidence comes on The Influence, the Philadelphia-raised, California-based artist’s new mixtape. The mixtape label may be misleading, though, as the 17-cut collection hits with magnum force thanks to Scoe’s fiery lyricism, conceptual brilliance and stunning, original production from Just Blaze, Mike Will Made It and Jahlil Beats, among others. On the soulful “The Crown” and the mesmerizing “They Ain’t Ready,” Scoe provides autobiographical tales that explain his upbringing and his place in rap history, setting the stage for the rest of the set. Scoe then reveals how he made his fantasies into reality on “California Dreamin.” Originally crafted for Dr. Dre’s long-awaited Detox album, the song initially featured a Dr. Dre rap that Scoe removed once the song was slotted for The Influence. The results remain stellar. “I’m satisfied with the outcome of the record, as far as the vision I had when it was supposed to be Dre and me and what I came out with on my own,” he says. “That’s tight to be satisfied with your record as much as you would have been if Dre was on it.” Scoe keeps it Cali on “Sunset Strip.” Even though the Los Angeles area has been one of the most influential and dominant regions in rap history, artists from the Midwest and the South have become more pronounced during the last several years. Thus, Scoe wanted to provide his city with a new anthem. “I felt that somebody should take the time out and do a song about LA that’s proper like Dr. Dre and 2Pac did ‘California Love,’” Scoe says. “Somebody’s gotta represent it the way it really is and let ‘em know what our flavor really is.” Scoe’s flavor has always been about rap skill. His remarkable flows are on display throughout The Influence, but on “Where They At” and “Dogg’s Day” in particular. His effortless yet commanding delivery and water-like flow result in remarkable vocal performances. “It’s powerful to be able to control words that way because words are powerful,” he says. “To be able to use them and be able to direct it toward what you want to be able to accomplish in the room, the feeling, the emotion, the intensity, the passion that you want to create, that delivery that makes people uneasy because they don’t know what the feeling is that’s coming over them and they’re not used to being able to relate to somebody so deeply that they’ve never met.” It seemed inevitable that Scoe and rap would meet. Even though Scoe was raised in Philadelphia and didn’t see his older brother Kurupt much during the first several years of his life, his life changed dramatically when he was 10 and made his first trip to California to visit Kurupt. By this time, Kurupt was an integral member of Death Row Records and working with the then Snoop Doggy Dogg on his Doggystyle and Murder Was The Case projects. Scoe promptly started honing his rap craft. When Kurupt came to Philadelphia for a visit, he was floored by how accomplished his younger brother had become on the microphone. Roscoe proved he was dedicated to the craft and was soon traveling to Los Angeles, Atlanta and other cities with his brother, who was now a bona fide star on his own as one-half of Tha Dogg Pound. In short order, Kurupt featured Roscoe on his Kuruption!, Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha and Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey albums. Roscoe then parlayed his impressive skills into spots on the soundtracks for Pootie Tang, O and Training Day, as well as the well-received Nuthin’ But A Gangsta Party compilation, which also featured songs by such hip-hop heavyweights as 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Xzibit and Mack 10. Scoe then released his debut album, Young Roscoe Philaphornia, establishing himself as a formidable solo act with such singles as “Smooth Sailin’” and “Head To Toe” with Sleepy Brown. During the last decade, he’s released a string of acclaimed albums independently, toured the globe with Tha Dogg Pound and shortened his name from Young Roscoe to Roscoe and now to Scoe. He says the change was simply to differentiate himself from the other rappers with the name Roscoe in their monikers who have emerged in the last several years. Scoe has also launched Scoedpg.com and his own full service 3D Shadez Entertainment, which will produce and release music, film, television and books. The maturation process comes from a lifetime of lessons learned being around Kurupt, Daz, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. “I’ve been under my big brothers and them for so long that it feels good to be my own man and do my own thing my own way,” he says. “You grow and develop into who you’re going to be for the rest of your life. That’s who you get on The Influence. The Influence is to let everybody know that it’s still here and it’s still real. Nothing’s gone anywhere or changed. There’s still real ones here. We’re earning ours.”

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