Nicaraguan born, DMV resident MC E-Skillz is making a statement that will last long in the hip-hop community. Born Elvis Orlando-Lopez Gonzalez, E-Skillz from a young age used hip-hop and creative writing to bring him through difficult situations. Taking the advice and inspiration from a schoolteacher that cared, E-Skillz turned anguish and anger into poetry. After reading the famous poem “A Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, E-Skillz became inspired. In addition to Frost, works of writers such as W.B. Yeats, Langston Hughes, and William Shakespeare were also favorites of E-Skillz. From there poetry led to music, which came naturally to the young E-Skillz. He spent most of his time purchasing cassette tapes of hip-hop instrumentals and writing rhymes. After acquiring a karaoke machine at the age of 17, it provided an easy way to record his lyrical creations song after song. As time passed, E-Skillz became more serious about his craft and with the investment of more advanced studio equipment; he began his formal recording career.
E-Skillz classifies himself as a powerful, determined, and confident performer with a thoughtful, aggressive, and conscious sound. “I have a real sad sound to some of my music, but within that sadness you can hear the hope I have for the future.” E-Skillz ultimately wants to use his music to reach the people that can relate to his life and struggles and most importantly to be able to care for his family