Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018
HomeChristian Hip HopWhy Nate “116 Beatbreaker” Robinson prefers to be ‘Heard Not Seen’

Why Nate “116 Beatbreaker” Robinson prefers to be ‘Heard Not Seen’

Sketch the Journalist recently caught up with Nate “116 Beatbreaker” Robinson in his hometown of Houston. The duo recorded a near-minute conversation that covered a wide range of topics about Nate’s experience and influences in Christian music and what it’s like to be on tour with Lecrae.
Here’s the minute-by-minute breakdown of what Nate talks about:
  • 00:15 – His introduction to Christian hip hop
  • 01:40 – His initial hesitations about being a part of the Unashamed Tours
  • 02:19 – How he connected with Reach Records
  • 03:10 – Why he always represents Houston
  • 04:12 – His music influences
  • 04:40 – His connection to Christian R&B group Soulfruit
  • 06:00 – Why he created his Heard Not Seen album
  • 07:15 – Explains his Music Life learning studio / initiative to provide music education to underprivileged kids
  • 09:00 – How he learned to be both a musician and businessman
  • 12:00 – His connection to Sho Baraka’s Louis Portier project
  • 13:06 – What it’s like to be on tour with Lecrae
  • 15:30 – The criticism of Lecrae
  • 16:20 – His tip for rappers who want to utilize a drummer on stage
  • 17:07 – What he said to The Roots’ drummer/frontman Questlove when he got to perform with Lecrae on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
  • 18:00 – Where you can find him online

The film, “Break The Limits: a docufilm on the man behind the beat,” about Nate “116 Beatbreaker” Robinson, is set to release on October 1st , 2015.


Interview By Sketch the Journalist
Footage Shot By Mitch Eckhardt of Refuge Media
Graphic Design by JBTZ XCLSV
New Video: Sheena -
On The Radar: Interv

Sketch the Journalist is a freelance hiphop writer living in the thriving country metropolis of Cut-N-Shoot, Texas. Down with gospel rap since Stephen Wiley’s “Bible Break” in 1986, he has chewed, reviewed, and interviewed most of Christian hiphop’s major players. Sketch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Sam Houston State University and was once an intern at the New York Times Houston Bureau. You can follow Sketch on Twitter @Sketchthej or log-on to

Rate This Article: