|Birth name||Raoul John Njeng-Njeng|
|Born||1 April 1991
Kaduna State, Nigeria
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, singer, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Banky W., Wizkid, Shaydee, Niyola, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Patoranking, DJ Xclusive,sarkodie|
Raoul John Njeng-Njeng (born 1 April 1991), who performs under the mononym Skales, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter. In 2000, he started writing rap songs in Kaduna. Between 2007 and 2008, he travelled to Jos to work with Jesse Jagz and Jeremiah Gyang. In 2008, he entered the Zain Tru Search competition and won the competition’s North Central region. His debut single, “Must Shine”, received numerous spin on the Rhythm FM stations in Lagos, Jos and Abuja. He later relocated to Lagos and signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment in 2009.
Skales has recorded over 200 songs and collaborated with numerous artists, including eLDee, Jeremiah Gyang, Banky W. and Knighthouse. His well-known songs include “Shake Body”, “Mukulu”, “Keresimesi”, “Komole”, “My Baby”, “Take Care of Me” and “Denge Pose”. Skales established his record label, OHK Music, after departing from Empire Mates Entertainment in May 2014. Skales’ debut album, Man of the Year, was released in 2015.
Life and career
Skales, whose stage name is an acronym for “Seek Knowledge Acquire Large Entrepreneurial Skills”, was born and raised in Kaduna but his origin is Edo State . He is the only child of his family, and grew up in a church setting. He became interested in music while at his mother’s cassette store. He grew up with his mother, a single parent, who did menial jobs to nurture him. Skales met producers Jeremiah Gyang and Jesse Jagz while attending the University of Jos. Skales left the University of Jos his junior year and attended Lead City University, where he graduated with a degree in Office Management and Technology. While at the University of Jos, he partook in the Zain Tru Search Competition and won the competition’s North Central region. His debut single, “Must Shine”, was released to critical acclaim. In a 2013 interview with This Day newspaper, Skales described himself as an entertainer whose music is influenced by his surroundings. His 2009 release, “Heading for a Grammy”, was inspired by Kanye West‘s “Jesus Walks“. The experiences he was going through at the time helped shape the scope of the song, which is an ode to self empowerment.
2009–14: Empire Mates Entertainment
Skales signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment after meeting Banky W. in 2009. He released the singles “Mukulu” and “Keresimesi” simultaneously. Both songs were produced by Sarz and released under the outfit. The music video for the latter was directed by Clarence Peters and uploaded onto YouTube on 28 November 2011. Skales was one of the main acts on E.M.E’s debut compilation album, Empire Mates State of Mind (2012). He collaborated with Banky W., Wizkid, Shaydee, Niyola and DJ Xclusive on five (“Baddest Boy“, “Get Down Tonight”, “Sun Mo Mi”, “Ko Mo Le” and “Change”) of the album’s seven singles. He also toured with some of the aforementioned acts on the EME US Tour, which kicked off on 4 July 2012 and ended on 2 September 2012. EME acts performed in several different cities, including Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Vancouver, New York City, Providence, Calgary, Atlanta, Washington DC and Chicago. Skales supported Wizkid on his tour of London in 2012. On 17 October 2013, Skales performed at the 2013 edition of Felabration, a yearly concert dedicated to the late Fela Kuti. In February 2014, Vanguard newspaper reported that Skales left Empire Mates Entertainment following the expiration of his four-year recording contract. E.M.E executives believed that they were not getting remunerated for investing in him and refused to renew his contract.
OHK Music establishment
In May 2014, Skales established his own record label, OHK music. The label is home to producer Drey Beatz and has affiliations with other music personnel within Nigeria. On 6 May 2014, Skales released “Shake Body” as the first single from his upcoming album. The song was produced by Jay Pizzle and its music video was released on 22 July 2014 onto YouTube. Skales promoted the song by announcing the Shake Body video competition. It was reported that Skales signed a record deal with Timaya‘s Dem Mama Records following his departure from E.M.E. In February 2014, Skales debunked the reports and said that he didn’t sign with Dem Mama Records.
- Studio albums
- Man of the Year (2015)
- The Never Say Never Guy (2017)
- Compilation albums
- Empire Mates State of Mind (2012)
|“Bo Se Se Mi”|
|Non album single|
|“Thank God It’s Christmas”|
|2010||“God’s Love”||The Return of Jeremiah|
|“Meet Me at the Top”
(LayLow featuring Iceberg Slim, CartiAir, Modenine, Terry ThaRapman, Skales, Vector, Da Grin, Ludu and Gino)
|Non album single|
|“Move Your Body”
(DJ KaySmith featuring Skales)
|Naija Hottest Singles Vol 1 Mixtape|
(Samklef featuring Skales)
(Leo Wonder featuring Skales)
|Non album single|
(Christine Ben-Ameh featuring Skales)
(Beazy featuring Pope, Loose Kaynon and Skales)
(Kefee featuring Skales)
(CONtradiction featuring Skales)
|“My Money (Remix)”
(Sheyman featuring eLDee and Skales)
(El Phlex featuring Sheyman and Skales)
|School of Thoughts|
|“Oju Kan (Remix)”
(Tupengo featuring Skales, Seriki, Reminisce, Phenom, Kel and Patoranking)
|Non album single|
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- Onos, O. “BN Bytes: The EME – Wizkid UK Takeover | Watch Day 2, 3 & 4 of Wizkid’s UK Tour Diary”. Bellanaija. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- “(VIDEO) : Wizkid, Skales, Sean Tizzle, Orezi Perform @ FELABRATION 2013”. wadupnaija.com. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
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- “Skales sets up record label”. The Nigerian Tribune. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
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- “Skales denies signing with Timaya’s Dem Mama Records”. thenet.ng. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
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