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Skales Biography

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Raoul John Njeng-Njeng aka SKALES | Nigerian Musician


Raoul John Njeng-Njeng was born on the 1st of April 1991, a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter. He’s best known with his stage name Skales which is Seek Knowledge Acquire Large Entrepreneurial Skills. In year 2000, he began to write rap songs in Kaduna.

He travelled to Jos to work with Jesse Jagz and Jeremiah Gyang between 2007 and 2008. In 2008, he entered the Zain Tru Search competition and won the competition’s North Central region. His debut single “Must Shine” gained numerous attention on the Rhythm FM stations in Lagos, Jos and Abuja. He eventually moved to Lagos and signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) in 2009.

Background Information

Full name: Raoul John Njeng-Njeng
Date Of Birth (Age) : 1 April 1991 (age 29)
Place Of Birth : Kaduna State, Nigeria
Genres: Hip hop, R&B
Occupation(s): Rapper, singer, songwriter
Instruments: Vocals
Years Active : 2000–present
Labels: Baseline, OHK Music
Associated Acts : Banky W., Wizkid, Shaydee, Niyola, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, DJ Xclusive, Harmonize

Skales has had collabos with lots of artists, including eLDee, Jeremiah Gyang, Banky W. and Knighthouse. His popular songs are “Shake Body”, “Mukulu”, “Keresimesi”, “Komole”, “My Baby”, “Take Care of Me” and “Denge Pose”.

After quitting E.M.E in May 2014, he established the independent OHK Music record label. His debut studio album Man of the Year was released in 2015.

Life and Career

Raoul John Njeng-Njeng is a native of Edo State, born and raised in Kaduna State. He grew up in a single-parent household with his mother, who nurtured him doing a menial jobs.

Skales fell in love with music while paying attention to his mother’s cassette store. He met producers Jeremiah Gyang and Jesse Jagz while attending the University of Jos (Unijos). He partook in the Zain Tru Search Competition during his days at Unijos and won the competition’s North Central region.

Skales withdraw from Unijos to Lead City University, where he finished with a degree in office management and technology. His debut single “Must Shine” was released to critical acclaim. In an interview with This Day newspaper in 2013, 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”.

2009–14: Empire Mates Entertainment
Skales penned a new record deal with E.M.E after an interaction with Banky W. in 2009. He released the singles “Mukulu” and “Keresimesi”.

Both songs were produced by Sarz and released under the outfit. The music video for the latter track was directed by Clarence Peters and uploaded to 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 had collaboration with Banky W., Wizkid, Shaydee, Niyola and DJ Xclusive on five of the album’s seven singles.

OHK Music Establishment

Skales set up his own record label, OHK on May 2014. The label is home to producer Drey Beatz and has affiliations with other music personnel within Nigeria.

On 6 May 2014, Skales released the Jay Pizzle-produced track “Shake Body” as the lead single from his debut studio album Man of the Year.

Personal Life

In December 2011, Skales had a near death car accident along the Lekki-Epe Expressway. The car he was in ran into a ditch and somersaulted. The accident saw one dead and three injured.

15, Likely questions to SKALES

1: what was the drive to becoming a musician?
2. Do you have a baby mama?
3. How are you managing your celebrity status within your environs?
4. How do you see the Music Industry today?
5. Who’s your best artist in Nigeria and global?
6. What’s your best sport, food and movie?
7. What’s your plan for the upcoming artistes?
8. Where do you want to see yourself in 10 years?
9. How do you cope with your fans who ask for your help on social media?
10. What’s your message to your fans and upcoming artiste?
11. What’s makes you happy when you remember?
12. What’s your take on education in Nigeria?
13. What can you say about the Nigeria government?
14. How can the country be better?
15. How do you plan to help the country with music?

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