Lil West was born, and currently resides, in the relatively quiet and by some standards boring, state of Delaware. The smallest state of the U.S. does not have a storied history of hosting rap talent, but West will become one of the first to put DE on the rap game map.
At the age of 20 (although he might not sound it by that deep growl that is his voice), West is among the generation of millennials that are constantly wired— thus his influences are broad, and his sound knows no geographical borders. Home-grown on the internet, his youthful sound is attributed to mixture of heavy metal, indie rock and trap. He looks to artists like Rob Bank$, M.I.A. and Yung Gleesh for inspiration— clearly showing his age.
Lil West first began experimenting with raps at the age of 15, and a couple of short years later, he started uploading his music to Soundcloud, developing a small but substantial following. He signed with Nomad Music Group at the age of 17, which lead to notable collaborations with 21 Savage, Rich The Kid, Allan Kingdom, Night Lovell, and Nessly, among other Soundcloud darlings. His records, which often incorporate a melodic hook and auto-tune of varying degree, have found placements on FADER, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, HotNewHipHop, Lyrical Lemonade and more.