Scheme

Scheme

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandHip HopLatin

Life projecting lyrics and great stage demand. Scheme is a Hip Hop artist out of Chicago with 2 albums & an EP self distributed worldwide. His hit video 'Chicano' has been played on MTV Jams & was considered one of the best in 2009. In 2010 Scheme released the buzz worthy SRNC album and 2 mixtape's.

Biography

From within the inner city streets of Chicago, beyond the daily commute of the 9 to 5ers, and amongst the sound of the music blaring in the streets comes’ an artist with a brand new outlook on Hip Hop music; Scheme.

Scheme is a vivid writer with a story to tell and an uncanny talent to point out with precision the realities of life. In 2006, with the help of the Molemen, Scheme delivered his first full length album, For My People, which was received extremely well by the local Chicago scene, as well as worldwide. The album was infused with hard beats and heart-felt lyrics from the perspective of a young man from Chicago's inner city. With production by Panik, PNS, Memo, Mike Slugs, 21 Grams, and others, For My People became Scheme's entrance into Hip Hop. He followed it up with two mixtapes; one with Visual (This Is Now) and one with Astonish and Decay (The Biz Vol. 1). Both mixtapes were praised as great pieces of work, which helped Scheme catapult himself further into the Hip Hop scene.

In 2009, Scheme released The Manifesto EP which garnered a lot of praise from fans and critics. With an appearance from Jean Grae and production from the Sound Merchants, the EP reached the world and made an incredible impact on Scheme’s music career. The video for the song "Chicano" aired on MTV Jams and has gained Scheme a lot of attention on an international level.

Now, in the year 2010, Scheme has kept his momentum going by dropping yet another project; Same Rebel, New Cause (Mixtape) which was presented by Soul Assassins, Molemen, Ruby Hornet, and 2dopeboyz. He has also followed that release with; Same Rebel, New Cause (Deluxe Edition), which features new songs, and new collaborations with Mikkey Halsted, Emilio Rojas, Add-2, Astonish, and more. Also to put a stamp on the great year Scheme had in 2010 he released the Helluva Year (Mixtape) as a token of appreciation to all of those who helped make 2010 a Helluva year.

Now in 2011, Scheme is working on an EP entitled "Almighty Supreme" and an LP by the name of "La Vida Fina"

He's performed alongside; Lupe Fiasco (Atlantic Records), Crucial Conflict, Big KRIT (Def Jam), L.E.P., Vado (Diplomats), Vakill (Molemen Inc.), Cool Kids, Juice, RhymeFest, Naledge (Duck Down Records), Qwel (Galapagos 4), Glue (Fatbeats Records), DJ A-Trak (Kanye West DJ), Fat Lip (Pharcyde), Zion I, The Grouch, Mac Lethal (Rhymesayers Ent.), POS (Rhymesayers Ent.), Psalm One (Rhymesayers Ent.), MF Doom, and many more.

Everything is finally falling into place for Scheme. Hard work and talent is undeniable. Expect nothing less than greatness from this young artist.

Lyrics

Respect the Art

Written By: Scheme - Rafael Navarro

Verse 1:
Let it begin, the commencement...
henchmen of these bench men...
never underestimate me, you must pay attention...
I was born in the middle of nowhere...
somewhere in the ghetto, where we fed up and don't care....
let up is the easy route, vatos talking greasy now...
I ain't never gon' forget the way the metal pieces shout...
clouding the mind while I'm aligning my line...
sitting back, contemplating pictures on my mind...
got a painter in my noggin, no monogamy on nothing...
shit I'm fucking with your mind, hasta manana, why you fronting?
been around vices, demons of the masses...
homies rolling blunts in bible papers, holy ashes...
policemen are harassing, always looking over...
shoulders for the coppers, cuz they stop us for the fuck of it...
hold up, let me put it in perspective....
lectures from professors never got through me in lessons...
instead I learned from the wagers in life...
in different stages, flipping pages, cuz I'm aching to write...
at a young age, learned to translate the pain I endured...
never paid no mind to nothing I can't afford...
mi amor, somewhere nestled up in the beat...
sounds of the corners, not foreigners for defeat...
heat, shit I feel the summer in the winter...
the sun will turn the murder rate, the more I hate to think of...
child's of the ghettos, piles of amphetamines...
for the cheddar while we fiend for the better, days...
but it seems like forever...
so i let the ink run as I'm piecing these letters! peace.

Verse 2:
Record spinning, soul grooving....
fast pacing in life racing the time...
while the snare steady moving...
stories of a poet, embedded in black blood...
I'm better than whatever you said, so I raise up...
face up, shit eyes stay scheming on the prize in...
trying to enterprise it so I take them by surprise and...
live life, never hesitate to question...
the artist in a person always keen to his creation...
nation, gangs, the colors of sacred poverty...
up against the wall but the music is what's inside of me...
and shit I never was a dope boy...
but always nice with it, these pages made me the dope boy...
oh boy, and shit I always was a part of it (part of it)...
they say keep your feelings out of it (out of it)...
cuz then they never will respect you...
but if I don't respect myself, then how I'm gon' let you...
shit, righteous minded was outcasted by my family...
living for the music, I'm amusing immortality...
let the spirit live in the corners of my fantasy...
this music is my livelihood, these lyrics are my sanity.

Verse 3:
Roll a J, sway, to the rhythm of the beat...
sitting front and center to what's written in the sheet...
street life patriarchy, the people just end up talking...
walking down the line between living and almost falling....
gazing lost, past limitless, boundaries are images...
these scrimmages in life are never close to how we're feeling it...
(nah) and ain't no way we are concealing it...
the villains in the plot are all these foxes steady stealing it...
politico propaganda, I call it slander...
we on a tandem, close to shouting shit we causing tantrums...
this is the vision of a poet...
a know it all kinda vato way before he knew it...
so I sow it to the fabric, wear it on my sleeve...
the music was my leader so i learned to call him chief (Chief)...
and so I wrote it on a leaf...
and then I sat and smoke them as i focus on the dream...
Aim high for the legendary, it's just hereditary...
they claim surreal but I'm realer so they tend to worry...
and so I stick to no formality...
I never paint my dreams, I always painted my reality.

Discography

For My People - LP (2006)
This Is Now (Mixtape w/ Visual) (2006)
The Biz (Mixtape w/ Decay and Astonish) (2007)
The Manifesto EP (2009)
Same Rebel, New Cause (Mixtape) (2010)
Same Rebel, New Cause (Deluxe Edition) (2010)
Helluva Year (Mixtape) 2010

Set List

The Manifesto
Let Me Do My Thing
Respect the Art
Westside
Gimme That
Chicano
The Enemy
Helluva Year