Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, otherwise known as Skales is known for his unique rap style, vocal talent and charm on stage. He has been around for sometime and his music is well loved. He speaks with SEGUN ADEBAYO on his just concluded tour, new album and what his fans should expect from him this year.
How have you been coping with the responsibilities that come with being famous and rich?
It’s been crazy waking up to so much stuff written about me; those I know and those I know nothing of but it’s what I signed up for as an entertainer so, all I do is focus on the greatness and head for the top.
You were said to have been on tour of different countries, how would you describe the experience?
My tour has been one of the greatest eye openers for me as an artiste. Tickets were literally sold out. The love I got felt incredibly surreal and overwhelming. Never knew I had so much fans beyond Nigeria who love and appreciate my music until the tour commenced…it was a huge success.
You missed a couple of shows back home, what would you say you truly missed while on tour?
While I was on tour, one of the things I truly missed the most was the food! No food in the world can be compared to Naija dish!
Now that you seem to be back, what’s your plan to remain relevant?
Basically, I plan to put out more remarkable music; more smash hits my Naija fans would relatively love. I hope to achieve more greatness with this because frankly, that’s the only way I can stay relevant artiste.
From the look of things, you have successfully built your brand in such a way that the name Skales has remained very constant on the social space, how has it been?
It’s been a challenging journey, to be honest… there are bittersweet experiences; both negative and positive but at the end of the day, the fact that my fans pay attention and always have something to say about me in the social space is somewhat gratifying – it keeps me motivated.
You have also been quite silent but some people think it is down to your rebranding and your decision to focus more on music; what have you been up to lately?
I won’t say I’ve been quiet because I’ve actually been putting out new materials and presently, my single, ‘Temper’ is doing considerably well out there. I’m also working on my sophomore studio album, which is going to be bigger than anything the Nigerian music industry has ever seen or heard! I’ve put in a lot to ensure it’s not your average album; I’ve been working on it for over a year now, hence I believe it’s going to be mind-blowing; best believe! I’m also going on tour during the summer in the USA and Canada.
Music has paid off for you in a big way but would you say this momentum could be sustained for another 10 years, given the fact that most artistes these days don’t last a decade musically?
The good thing about music and I is that it’s more than just profit-making for me. I am really passionate about my craft – I don’t see myself quitting or retiring from what I love doing the most; music.
A lot is expected from you this year because of the way you ruled the airwaves in 2015 and a substantial part of 2016, what are your expectations of the year?
I am quite confident I own this year because I am about to drop some bangers and one of the best albums in the country and Africa at large.
How would you rate your success in the industry now and do you really think you have pushed yourself enough?
Most definitely! In terms of success I have come a long way; from traveling around the world touring, to having very busy schedule; making money and signing huge endorsement deals with MTN. But truthfully, that’s only the tip of the iceberg because I’m just getting started!
It has been argued that when one reaches a certain level in the industry, it becomes practically impossible to release hit songs. Has this truly affected you?
First of all I will like to say that statement is really not true because only artiste that get too comfortable with what they have achieved so far end up being inconsistent and non-productive. But as long as you push yourself further and not be overly complacent your craft you will always remain relevant, hence making hits effortlessly.
You released a new song which featured Burna Boy and it has been banging everywhere. What’s the story behind the song?
Truth be told; the story behind the ‘Temper’ remix is quite an interesting one. I sent Burna the instrumental to record a verse and he changed the whole song. Also, the chemistry between him and I was instantaneous and strong; hence the success. We also had a direction for the song; as we intended it to be a street anthem which will resonate with everyone out there
Are we expecting an album from Skales this year?
Absolutely! My album is complete – presently, we are just adding finishing touches to it. So, to answer your question; yes an album is on the way and it promises to be classic!
Maybe an international collaboration is also on the cards? Or you don’t fancy such fad?
Yes, I got a couple of international collaborations which are on the way but they’re all on the album – I feel like that’s the easiest way to share our culture with other parts of the world. I really fancy the idea of international collaborations.
Some Nigerian artistes are fond of settling down with non Nigerian ladies, you are said to have a non-Nigerian girlfriend, will you settle down with her?
My relationship isn’t vested on any peculiar culture or tribe as I do not discriminate. It’s all about love – I don’t care where she is from. As for settling down, let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Tell us about your most nasty experience with Nigerian girls?
I’ve had so many unbelievably nasty experiences that I can’t even begin to describe. (laughs hysterically)
Would you consider a collaboration with Wizkid if the need arises?
A collaboration with Wizkid? Of course!!
What’s your relationship with the Star Boy guy now?
Wizzy and I are cool – we are just on different paths now.
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