Robert McFarland
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Robert McFarland

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Hip Hop Spoken Word


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"Robert McFarland Pays Homage"

Over the past few years, Virginia Beach native ROBERT MCFARLAND has been coming up as one of the need-to-know names in hip-hop. Through social media, he has been steadily building a following under the nickname SKICOBAIN, but recently he has decided to embrace his own identity and let his true self shine through in his lyrics. McFarland chooses to embrace the old school and make it his own on his upcoming project Nineties, which features his hit song “MC vs. Rapper”. We spoke with McFarland about how the 90’s has influenced his music, his upcoming move to New York City, and the influence social media has on how he markets his brand.

How would you describe your rapping style?

It’s more so old school. I don’t listen to anything new today on the radio, or like Pandora. It’s like a mix of NAS and other 90’s rappers, with lyricism and consciousness. I’m more interested in being a socially conscious rapper with a positive message to society.

What sort of message are you trying to push?

The message that I am trying to push is about coming from nothing and making something of yourself. I recently released a song called “The Wire”, which was inspired by the television show of the same name about life in the inner city of Baltimore. My song is about adapting to your environment and not letting nostalgia control who you are. One of the clips in the song that I sampled from the show is with METHOD MAN, and he is saying that you can’t live in the past. I can’t let my upbringing define who I am now.

How has your video for “MC Vs Rapper” changed things for you after being posted on

It didn’t change things for me, but it did give me more credibility. Their website has over 100 million subscribers, and it helped open other doors for me to work with new people. It didn’t do what I thought it would, but it helped me to garner people to my brand. My producer Git Beats did a great job with it.

So did you drop your nickname SKICOBAIN to use your real name as a new brand for yourself?

Yeah, it’s just me now. It’s just me giving off my experiences, and it’s much easier to do that and rap about my life, while making it rhyme. SKICOBAIN gave people the opportunity to define me as something I’m not, even though I did want to pay homage to Kurt Cobain. I wasn’t trying to be him, and I wasn’t trying to rip off BLACK COBAIN either. I still keep the name for my social media handle, but not for my artist name any more.
In your opinion, how important is social media to the entertainment industry?

Unfortunately, it’s very important. It takes on a life of its own, but it’s another form of marketing that is essential. I got the opportunity to be featured on all through Facebook. It can be a very good outlet, but it’s a double edged sword.

Have you ever rapped about social media?

I’ve never made a line about it; I just take it as it goes. I am more focused about my life decision making and other social issues. For example, my song “Fuck The Police” is about racial profiling. I called it “Fuck The Police” to draw attention to it, but it has a much deeper message. Also, in the song, I have a few lines that pay homage to KANYE WEST, NWA, and PUBLIC ENEMY.

Why did you decide to move to New York City?

The biggest reason for why I chose to move there now was my girlfriend, but I have been planning to move there since 2011, I just didn’t have the right avenue. There are so much more opportunities there to make it in music than there are in Virginia.

I heard you already booked a show in Brooklyn? Can you tell me the details about that?

When I was up there training for the job I’m at now, I met another rapper named HOLLIWOOD in So Ho. He books shows at this venue Spike Hill. His last show just passed on May 4th, and he invited me to open for him at his next show on June 29th. I’m gonna be doing three to five songs, and it’s gonna be a great opportunity to meet and network with new people.

I saw on your Instagram the hashtag “#leadersofthenewschool”. What’s that about?

Leaders of the New School is a rap group that BUSTA RHYMES started back in the 90’s. Personally, I think music is transitioning back to that era when rap was about real stuff that concerns people and not just gyrating and swag. With the hashtag, that was my way of asserting myself as the leader of this era of the new school, while also paying homage to the old school.

Can you tell me about your upcoming project Nineties?

Nineties has a double meaning. In addition to paying homage to music from the early 90’s when I was growing up, there will be nine tracks, or “nine-T’s”. All the songs will have a vintage sound with lyrics that will make people think. The biggest thing about it is the theme of going through life. The last track is “1999”, and it the end of the song is the Time Square New Year’s Eve Countdown, which signals the end of the record, as well as me transitioning to a whole new sound and into the new millennium. I can’t stick to the same sound for too long.

When do you plan to release it?

I want to do another video, and I leave Virginia for good this Saturday. So far I’ve got four out of the nine songs completely finished, and I’m hoping to get it done by June 29th so I can give it out to people for free at my show. It will most likely be out by sometime mid-June. - Joe Fitzpatrick

"Nineties album review"

The nine-track mix tape opens with a song titled “Fuck The Police”, which would be shocking if I didn’t already know from my interview with ROBERT MCFARLAND that the song is actually about racial profiling, taking vocal stabs at the authority for targeting black men, such as Trayvon Martin or Rodney King. The song packs a serious a punch while simultaneously maintaining the throwback, old school hip hop vibe. This is McFarland in his element doing what he does best—creating socially conscious rap with style and flair in the spirit of COMMON, MOS DEF, and PUBLIC ENEMY.

The next track, which is called “The Wire”, is introduced by a clip from the television show of the same name. In the clip, METHOD MAN is reflecting on how to survive, you can’t let your past define you in the streets of Baltimore. McFarland uses this as a call to action to not be defined by his past in Virginia Beach in hopes to move forward to achieve his dreams. His flow is unmatched, and he has the confidence to show it.

"Streets Need It" comes up third, and in this track McFarland raps about how he would "rather spit bars than sit behind them". It seems to me like the song is about how the black identity is a struggle between making something of themselves or taking to the streets for a life of crime and violence, but McFarland, as stated above, would rather choose the former.

Halfway into the mix is a track dedicated to his girlfriend Holly Fuller, which is titled “Black Queen”. He spits sweet love poetry to his “African queen”, which may at first seem very contrived, but the addition of TATIANA SCOTT’s mellifluous vocals definitely makes the song feel more heartfelt, and it takes the energy of the track up a notch.

The fifth track keeps that energy going strong with his single “MC vs. Rapper”, which has received over 620 views on YouTube. Another song about his identity, McFarland makes is clear that he is more than just a rapper. He is a lyricist and a showman. Definitely one of the strongest tracks in his repertoire, this song shows how he can be himself while also having mass appeal.

"In My Lifetime" questions the meaning of life quite literally, but still leaves the question to be answered. I guess McFarland is still trying to figure that one out?

"Cassius Clay" opens with the swoon of a saxophone and electric piano syncopation. "Life’s a bitch, and then you pass away," mourns McFarland. TERRY MAK making a guest appearance on the jazzy track about how we so often get sidetracked from our purpose in life by drugs, alcohol, social media. I love the vibe on this one.

The eighth track, “ODE”, which he says is “an ode to my niggas”. It reminds me of the quote from some movie—I can’t quite remember which one—but it goes “you can take the brother out of the hood but you can’t take the hood out of the brother”, and McFarland again trying to justify his goal to get out of the hood, but not forgetting where he comes from. His humility really speaks worlds on this track.

The final track, “1999” reflects on his old school style and how he was on the verge of transitioning into the first decade of his life. He wishes he could go back to then when times were simpler, but “life got realer”. Keeping with the theme of identity of the whole mix tape, though McFarland is nostalgic about the past, at the end of the song, he doesn’t seems ready to transition into the new stage of his life and music career. Though with the countdown of the ball dropping to bring in the new year, it proves that he has no choice but to move forward because that’s the only option he has. - Joe Fitzpatrick


Still working on that hot first release.



Robert McFarland (born Robert Lee McFarland in Virginia Beach, VA in 1989) is a hip hop artist known for his lyrical style. Robert McFarland embraces the old school and makes it his own. McFarland is heavily influenced by early 90창€™s New York City hip hop. He acknowledge that he is more so old school and doesn창€™t listen to anything on the radio, or on Pandora. He listens to Nas, Common, Big Pun, Jay-z etc. Robert is more interested in being a socially conscious rapper with a positive message to society. The message that Robert is trying to push is about coming from nothing and making something of yourself.

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