We spoke a lot about music but more about family. I have a lot of respect for Sai as a man as well as an artist. I read once that someone who truly loves what he does never gets tired of talking about it. This is why I know that Saigon both truly loves his kids and truly loves Hip-Hop. We could talk about both of those things all day and being the family man that I am, w’ed never get sick of hearing each others stories.
About Skematics Hip Hop
Robert Antonio Gabriel was born in NYC and raised in Washington Heights, on August 14, 1984. But he’s known to the world as a dynamic MC “Skematics”.
Having been born to Dominican parents he was immediately exposed to the Caribbean rhythms of Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Soul and Boleros, among other folk music of Dominican, Cuban & Puerto Rican heritage, via the music collection of his parents.
At the age of 11, Robert’s cousin, played the classic “Enter The 36 Chambers” tape, by the Wu-Tang Clan, which made Robert realize that rhyming was something that he wanted and could actually do. By the age of 12, he started receiving musical training, which added to his ability to already write poems, rhymes to beats and full songs.
Fast-forward a few years. Robert decided to occupy time by rhyming and battling in ciphers with other young MCs in his school’s hallways, on the street – and anywhere else the challenge was available.
In 2002, Robert felt that it was time to expand from the Uptown scene and headed to Providence, Rhode Island, where some of his family had been living.
Working on some of his music ideas, Robert began producing tracks and having developed a variety of songs, he created a body of work “Before the Money, Before the Fame, Before The World Knows My Name”
Robert’s moniker at the time was Skeem, which would reflect on the lifestyle he had been leading at the time. After choosing his name, he decided to fly to Arizona, while continuing to produce “Before…” he then returned to Providence, RI and finally back home to Washington Heights, with a complete opus, ready to deliver. He left the street life for good and finally found himself with the name Skematics.
Since his return, Skematics released the “Before…” mixtape, created the “Hit ‘Em Hard Showcase” with L.A. Jimenez, presenting Skematics and other upcoming MCs from Uptown, opened up shows for the legendarySean Price (and recorded with him), the legendary Wu-Tang, Tito El Bambino from Puerto Rico and the legendary DJ Tony Touch. Aside from the shows, Skematics & long time friend C.V.T. recorded “Get Butt Naked” which garnered over 140,000 unique views.
In 2011, Skematics resumed his work on a new mixtape titled “Crash Course.” This opus focused on experimental sounds and neighborly collaborations with other artists. It was finally released in 2012 with the help of the legendary DJ PF Cuttin.
More recently, Skematics linked up with MCs such as Saigon, Sean Price (R.I.P) and Joell Ortiz. These collaborations appear in Skematics newest EP, titled, “Somewhere In The Gray”. This 5 song project shows Skematics development as a producer and MC, expanding on composing, arrangements, live instrumentation and his writing ability to step into the chambers of these reputable MCs and hold his own with them.
Somewhere In The Gray was well received by the Hip-Hop community, with all the singles being reviewed by websites such as Hip Hop DX, This Is 50, 2 Dope Boyz, and Nah Right to name a few.
2017 will prove to be the breakthrough year for Skematics music.