Hip hop artiste, Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, popularly known as Skales, in this interview with ADENIYI ADEWOYIN, speaks about how he became homeless after leaving Banky W’s E.M.E records and how Timaya and Olamide delivered him from homelessness and gave
You just released your third studio album, can you tell us about the album?
It’s all about love. People who have known me know that what has really kept me going is love and the love that I get from the people, from the media, my fans and people that I don’t even know. So, that’s just why I just call myself Mr Love. The fact is that I am one of those people that believe in love. I hardy fight. Recently, my brother Wizkid and I just linked up and that is a perfect story.
People did not know we have been talking after what happened five years ago. It is just that we have not made it public. That day, we were so happy about our achievements and how far we have come. We were so excited and the next morning when I woke up I saw Wiz tweeting about me because we had balled a night before.
So, the whole inspiration is just love. Love has kept me going. I bring myself down to everyone. I would not want to blow my trumpet but I help people who come to me for help. The name Mr Love started up with my friends. I don’t know if you have seen the album’s cover. It has my mum’s picture and mine on it. The album is dedicated to my mum, because I don’t know how to explain true love than mothers’ love. She helped me a lot and that was the whole inspiration.
You said the album is dedicated to your mum. Why was she not present at the listening?
She can’t fly for now for health reasons because she lives in Kaduna. My mum has stroke but she is recovering. I can’t do some certain things till she gets better. Of course, I have her full blessings. I just shot a video and she was in the video and the song is the first track on my album called ‘Good Life’ and it’s all about my mum. She’s the vixen in the video.
You are speaking so much about your mum, what about your dad?
I feel like mothers do most of the works and it’s not like the fathers don’t work but you know how it is. Even the fathers appreciate the mums because the mothers make the job easier, because they are always there for the kids. But, at the same time, there are other fathers that also do as much as the mothers. For me, my mum was like the only person that raised me. My parents separated when I was very young.
That’s why I am all about my mum. She basically suffered for my sake to make sure that I have a good life and that’s why I even have the first track named ‘Good Life.’ I am inspired because of my mum. I am motivated because of my her.
What other things are you working on?
People don’t know I have my own music company that I opened before I got signed to Baseline called OK Entertainment. It’s been on a low for a while but we’ve been releasing songs off it. As a matter of fact, Paul Pogba just danced to one of the songs from the label. For now, I won’t say we have many artistes because I am still signed to Baseline that I am very loyal to because they are the reason why I am here right now. They practically helped me be who I am right now. I will be launching my EP maybe months after I drop my third studio album.
How necessary is it for artistes to own a record label?
If you know me well, you will know that I am a businessman. Apart from the music business, I am also an entrepreneur. I do other things I don’t want to discuss in public. It’s not necessary but I feel like a lot of artistes would rather open their record label so that they can be in charge because they don’t want to be controlled. But the good thing for me is that I was lucky to be signed to a record label that gives me the opportunity to do what I want to do as long as it is fruitful and beneficial to the record label.
Baseline is getting all the hype now but you became popular under EME records. What happened at EME?
Of course, everyone knows EME was a big success story. Big shout out to Banky W. He kind of opened everybody’s eyes to know that you can sign teenagers and make them superstars. They signed me at the age of 16 when all I knew was to just make music. During my stay there, Banky also taught us about the music business. He didn’t hide anything from us. He taught us how to make money from music and you can tell by the success of Wizkid and I that we had a very good mentor.
How has life as an entertainer been?
Honestly, I am used to it because I have been signed since I was 16 years old. Everybody knows the Skales’ story has been told over and over again. I have been through a lot of backlashes but it’s all love, most especially from the media. They’ve shown me so much love and support regardless. My main goal is to touch somebody’s life with my story. I came from a very poor home but now look at my life. I can afford to buy a Range Rover, I can afford to buy a car and dash somebody, I can afford to do a lot of thing and sometimes I am still shocked how I got here. I am just 27years old and I have travelled to a lot of countries and have worked with lots of top artistes I never believed I would work with.
Do you believe in the saying that what will be will be?
Yes, trust me it truly works. I would say when I first left E.M.E a lot of people were pitying me and I was wondering why. I believe so much in God as a Christian. So, I believe that whatever happens, happens for a reason. It didn’t even take so long after E.M.E that God gave me a song that turned my life around and that song is evergreen and after ‘Shake Body’ it has been hits back to back. I just want to tell my story so other kids out there won’t give up. Don’t stop, your time will come because everything has its timing.
You once revealed that Olamide paid for your hit single ‘Shake Body’ video…
Yes, after E.M.E I was a broke boy, I was homeless, sleeping from one studio to the other but I had a car. I wasn’t a friend of Olamide but he just liked me since when I was in E.M.E. I never told anybody that I didn’t have anywhere to stay.
One day I went to Timaya’s house and it got late at night. I didn’t have anywhere to go. I was sleeping in the car outside Timaya’s house and the gateman told him “Skales is outside sleeping in the car.” Timaya came and asked me what’s going on? He looked at the back of the car and saw my bags which means practically I was living in a mobile house. Timaya asked me to move into his house and gave me his pent house which was really big. And that was where I recorded ‘Shake Body.’ When I released ‘Shake Body,’ I didn’t have money for promo. I just had one manager (Osagie) that believed in me. The song was everywhere but I didn’t have money to shoot the video and I wasn’t getting shows. People didn’t really know it was me that sang the song.
One day, Olamide found out it was me who sang the song and asked where I was and we spoke at length. He asked what was going on with me and why I hadn’t shot the video and I told him I didn’t have money. He said I should send him my account number which I did and like five minutes later, I got an alert. And that’s how it happened. When I tweeted it, he wasn’t happy with me because he begged me not to ever tell anybody about it. But I wanted to just tell the world how good of a guy he is and big shout out to Davido also. He was always checking up on me. There are lots of people who were checking up on me. The list is endless.
How is your relationship with Wizkid now?
Honestly, it’s all love. We are grownups now and we have a lot of people that are looking up to us and we cannot be messy out there. So, we have to keep winning and help grow this industry. Wiz has done greatly in the industry. That’s why I call him a legend. He is a legend.
Meek Mill Talks On 6ix9ine’s Imprisonment, Says He Is Not ‘Responsible’
Meek Mill would have wanted at some point to counsel Tekashi 6ix9ine before he got caught up in the whole legal mess he is in right now. From Meek’s point of view, he believes Tekashi’s woes could have been different if he backed down a bit from his gangsterism getting to a certain level of fame.
Meek Mill in his words said, “I’d hit him like that shit you doing is stupid at this point. I know you might have got on from doing it and it worked out to be able to make some money. But I think you need to slow down. I think you’re beefing with too many people right now […] The world will deliver the energy that you’re putting out. You’re delivering a gangster type of energy. He locked up in the middle of some sh*t. You gave that energy, you kinda get that energy back.”
“Nobody wanna live like that. You can’t live with 10 security guards forever.”
Meek says he believes Tekashi is actually a good kid that simply got caught up in serious criminal charges.
“Them people know that he ain’t responsible for all the things them people around him was doing. I don’t think that kind of influence. I don’t think he had a say so with some of them dudes.”
“I think he’s a good kid, for real, and got caught up in the internet, and trolling and things like that.”
Wizkid, Tiwa Savage join International Superstars To Feature On ”Global Citizen” EP
Tiwa Savage and Wizkid have both teamed up with International Disc Jockey, record producer & song writer; David Guetta as well as Pharrel Williams to work on a music project put together by the International advocacy organization; Global Citizen, in conjunction with Warner Music Group, UK’s based Parlophone and U.S. headquartered Atlantic.
The 4-track EP will be released on the Friday, 30th November, 2018 ahead of the Global Citizen Festival that will be holding on the 2nd of December, 2018 in South Africa.
Global Citizen Movement have always been a major aid to music and advocacy and this year they have decided to put together an official sound track that will serve as an escort to the advancement in the battle to completely put an end to extreme poverty by 2030.
According to the CEO of Global Citizen;
Hugh Evans, “For hundreds of years, we have witnessed the power of music in bringing people together to drive activism and demand change. We are thrilled to release Global Citizen EP 1 with new songs from these incredible artistes who stand with us in the fight to defeat extreme poverty, and we are extremely grateful to Dave Holmes, Parlophone Records and Atlantic Records for their dedicated partnership and support as we demand to see an end to extreme poverty by 2030.”
Beyoncé, Jay Z, Cassper Nyovest, Ed Sheeran, as well as some Nigerian stars in Wizkid, Femi Kuti, D’Banj and Tiwa Savage.
See Full track list of Global Citizen E.P below:
1. Rise Up (feat. Nelson Mandela) – Stargate
2. E-Lo (feat. Jozzy) – Los Unidades & Pharrell Williams
3. Timbuktu (feat. Stormzy & Jess Kent) – Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades
4. Voodoo (feat. Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Danny Ocean & David Guetta) – Stargate & Los Unidades
Drake Sends Gift To Chris Brown After Ending Beef
Drake and Chris Brown have had ‘cold war’ exist between them in the past years, they have not been in good terms at all for some time now.
They’ve had clashes in clubs, lounges and even at events which further aids their ‘enmity’ in the past. But during the Aubrey & The Three Migos tour, Drake brought Chris brown on stage for a performance which delighted the audience that was present and also giving a major sign that the long existed feud is all but squashed.
Drake even dubbed Chris “One of the most talented human beings on the planet.”
Chris Brown took to Instagram to reveal a gift he received from Drake. The rapper hooked up the singer with a beige OVO Letterman jacket. Brown vowed to return the favor to Drizzy with some Black Pyramid gear, captioning the photo, “@champagnepapithanks for lacing me I GOT THAT? @blackpyramidofficial FOR YA.”
The love between the two superstars is now rekindled. Great!
Artistes Who Have Fallen Short Of The ‘Glory’ In Recent Times
The biblical phrase ‘how are the mighty fallen’ seems like the only appropriate way to label a certain group of Nigerian artistes who have fallen off the path of greatness that they once towed.
Once they were beaming with lots of tremendous prospects and promises but have not lived up to their full potential and unfortunately had a rapid decline in public appeal.
At some point these guys were up there in their glory days, in fact they were even tipped to become the standard for the industry in some years to come. But contrary to all the good ratings they were accorded, and serious good will, the reality is that they’re not as good as they hype.
These few artistes listed are those that come readily to mind when you think of how much some artistes have fallen out of favour.
Nigerian singer Korede Bello and member of the Don Jazzy-led Mavin Records used to be one of the most loved young emerging artistes in the music industry. In fact since his infamous wink in ‘Dorobucci’, Korede Bello showed signs he was here to stay, young and full of promises. From ‘Dorobucci’ to ‘Adaobi’ he gained massive support from the fans especially the ladies. His biggest break to date being ‘God Win’ was an instant monster hit, winning him the Headies ‘song of the year’ in 2015. After the heroics of ‘God Win’, other hits like ‘Romantic’ and ‘Do Like That’ the Afro wearing singer slumped per his ability to stay relevant with banging tunes. Korede Bello self titled album has to be one of the worst debut albums in the history of debut albums.
Born Keshniro Ololade, Nigerian music star Lil Kesh would be another artist who has suffered a steep decline in star power. The former YBNL rapper and protege to Olamide was a street sensation with some of the biggest streets hits 2 – 3 years ago. A ‘Next Rated’ nominee and another young star full of prospects, recently Lil Kesh has disappointed his followership and core fans as his growth has stagnated. Except for a few collaborations he has been featured in which have kept his head above water, most of his songs post-YBNL have been met with a stalemate.
One of Nigeria’s finest gems when it comes to rap used to be Vector. Since his official debut his music efforts have always been greeted with wide acceptance up to his sophomore ‘Second Coming’ album. Post-YSG Vector has disappointed the rap faithful in Nigeria and all those who thought big things for him. His highly anticipated third studio album ‘Lafiaji’ was obviously a flop as the project did not fly, neither did it change the rap game a bit. These days nobody really looks up to VEC as a role model as it concerns rap. Do you know Vector released an EP some weeks back titled ‘The Rap Dialogue’? Surprisingly some of his fans aren’t aware of the rapper’s moves again; he lost them all.
Talented? Yes! Lack of talent has never been the problem with Jesse Jagz. It may have to be his inconsistency or laissez-faire ethic to work. Everyone seems to rate Jesse Jagz but apparently, the rapper has failed several times to ride and rise on the sheer hype he enjoys from fans. It’s genius to remember Jesse Jagz was the producer behind some of the biggest hip-hop hits from early Chocolate City, plus he was a good rapper to top it up. Several years after it seems Jesse Jagz has failed to live up to his full potential in the music industry as a rapper cum music producer. The moral lesson from emperor Jagz is that raw talent isn’t always enough to keep you on top, it takes more than talent.
Some fans who are still sympathetic to the petite Miss Kedike may often time be wondering what went amiss with the singer. Chidinma was full of promises from her first taste of limelight with MTN project fame. She had grown in leaps and bounds albeit organically with her music while winning fans over. During her best days, she charted a few records and won top awards across Africa like the Kora Awards etc. She was almost the S.I unit for how successful a female artist should be. Somewhere along the journey, Chidinma, unfortunately, lost her balance and fell from glory. These days, the likes of Yemi Alade, Niniola, Simi are headlining their own concerts something Chidinma had not done during her glory days.
Oludemilade Martin Alejo aka YCEE hasn’t been in form of recent for someone who was thought to revolutionize the rap game with the new flavor. The Tinny Entertainment act has had one of the fastest growth as a rapper in recent times no doubt. However, YCEE hasn’t been able to sustain the growth and momentum with chart-topping singles anymore. ‘Jagaban’ introduced him, ‘Omo Alhaji’ gave him more fans, ‘Juice’, put him in the ‘Next Rated’ category but nothing else has been forthcoming from the rapper. Since his debut, YCEE has released two EP’s, one of which was a collaborative effort with Bella Alubo. At the moment it seems the once raving rapper has run out of creative juice.
Davido and his crew accused of stealing perfume from a UK store, says he will sue them for racism (video)
A video just surfaced on the internet where popular Nigerian singer Davido and his crew were accused of stealing a bottle of perfume from a store in the United Kingdom (UK).
However, the singer claimed they were wrongly accused but threatened to sue the owner of the store for racism. Davido is presently on a tour in UK.
According to a video shared on Linda Ikeji’s blog Instagram handle, Davido and his crew could be seen indulging in an argument with the store officials before the singer stepped out from his car and threatened to sue them as he reminded them of his financial status.
Davido could be heard saying: “Everyone here is a millionaire. We spent £7,000 (N3.2 million) here, how much is perfume that we will steal perfume. I will sue you guys for racism.”
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