Skales is continuously steering his career on the right track of acceptance, and this he hopes to continue with his third studio effort, ”Mr Love”.
Born Raoul John Njeng-Njeng to a single mother in Kaduna, Skales has grown from being the butt of internet jokes to becoming a real fan’s favourite with a number of impressive singles over the years.
The singer who brings to fore his love for his mother on the art-cover of his latest album has maintained a steady climb into the ranks of a bonafide star from his past projects, Man of The Year, to The Never Say Never Guy, and now Mr. Love.
On Wednesday night, Skales gathered a number of his colleagues alongside his fans for an exclusive listening session of the album.
The event saw the rapper continuously mention the love he has enjoyed from his fans and his mother, leading to the release of the album the very next day, Thursday, July 19.
The album like his previous releases contain a very impressive list of collaborators with three of the big name rappers in Africa in Sarkodie, Cassper Nyovest and Phyno alongside Tiwa Savage, Dice Ailes, Vanessa Mdee, Aramide and more with production credits from Chopstix and Krisbeatz.
The album opener, ‘Good Life’ features a talented singer Neza who he introduced on stage at the listening party.
The Rwandan born artist adds soul to this song as it stands out as one of the few tracks that actually carries a message, one he says was inspired by his mother.
Skales affirms that her words of advice have helped him succeed in life as he encourages others not to listen to things people say about them.
”Suddenly the young boy don breakthrough, suddenly all my dreams don come through,” he sings.
Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie teams up with Skales yet again on ‘Body’ after the duo previously worked together on the massive hit song, ‘Booty Language remix’ off his sophomore album, as they attempt to replicate the exact same formula on this, which produces a fairly good song.
Sarkodie’s energy is infectious as he plays on familiar names and songs.
The French flavoured ‘One Leg Up’ is one that DJ’s will hurriedly add to their playlist, while Chocolate City’s Dice Ailes comes impressively on the mellow ‘Sawa’.
Tanzanian sensation, Harmonize is the guest on ‘Fire Waist’, a song that celebrates the feminine feature, while the lead single, ‘Pass’ remains a delight with every listen as Yung L and Chopstix delivers a spark of brilliance.
South African rapper, Cassper Nyovest’s delivery is sterling on ‘Pile Up’ despite his below par lyrics, ‘Balance’ is an extremely lazy song while Phyno’s presence on ‘Gbagbe’ fails to offer anything to agree with.
On ‘Senrere’, the guest artist, Jamaican dancehall act, Mr Vegas brightens things up with his vocals, while Vanessa Mdee continues to impress alongside Teni Entertainer on the House inspired song titled ‘More’, which is one of the very enjoyable songs on the project.
Fast-rising talent Dapo Tuburna and Jodie shine on ‘Anymore’, while Neza returns to add her flavour on ‘Gbe’.
‘Pressure’ features the Queen, Tiwa Savage and their attempt at scoring a hit song built on the Shaku Shaku wave is a bit too lethargic.
The album closes with ‘No Regret’, a song where he collaborates with Aramide and Saeon, two of his label mates and he perhaps has saved the best for the last as it offers something different that perfectly closes the curtains to a fairly imperfect setting.
With ”Mr Love”, there is no pretence to Skales’ type of music, he is not posing any intellectual or lyrical depth, Skales is just the fun guy, the one artist who understands the range of his abilities, and prefers to navigate within his comfort zone.
A number of songs on the project are worth the while, but the album is quite linear, packed with basic and monotonous party chants as Skales largely just wants to party and not in the mood to offer anything extra.
There is no deciphering or multiple layers to his songs, as what you see is exactly what you get.
Three albums in three years is quite an impressive feat but despite the perceived experience and growth that should come with it, nothing has changed in his music.
Armed with a legion of online followers who actually believe in him and fight for him, Skales’s personality and never say die spirit is endearing and worth emulating, but the most important thing he will be remembered for, the music stays static and lacking convinction.
Mr Love is a body of work that pushes no new borders, only succeeding in enhancing Skales doing the type of music that he is actually good at, but the album lacks the character to endear his sound to those who have remained sceptic over the years.
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