Notable as a rapper, DJ, and television host & announcer, Skate the Great released a 2003 single titled "Joyride," hosted a Dutch video gaming TV program called Gamekings, and provided voiceover work for Eurosport's coverage of World Wrestling Entertainment events.
Early in his career, he contributed to recordings such as Next Chapter - Skills!/Just Lettin' My Ego Rise (1992) and the Feel The D.R.A.F.T. EP (1993).
He once worked for a Dutch gaming publication titled Power Unlimited.
Born Richard Simon, he grew up in Breda, Netherlands, and later settled in Amsterdam.
He is a contemporary of fellow Dutch rapper Gers Pardoel.