Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, better known by his stage name 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.
Skales Early Life
He was born Raoul John Njeng-Njeng on April 1, 1991 in Kaduna State. His professional name Skales is an acronym of Seek Knowledge Acquire Large Entrepreneurial Skills. He hails from Edo state, but was single handedly raised by his mother in Kaduna state. Young Skales attended the University of Jos, but left for Lead City University, Ibadan along the line. At Lead City, he earned a degree in Office Management and Technology.
Skales interest in music developed while visiting his mother’s cassette store in his formative age. And in 2000, he started writing rap songs. While in Jos, he met and worked with Jeremiah Gyang and Jesse Jagz who were producers. Later in 2008, he partook in the Zain Tru Search Competition and won in the North Central region.
Thereafter, in 2009, he released his debut single Must Shine. Must Shine received a lot of critical review. It topped Rhythm FM charts in Lagos, Jos and Abuja. Also, he released the song Heading for a Grammy.
According to him, Heading for a Grammy was inspired by Kanye West’s Jesus Walks (2004). The song was like an ode to self-empowerment.
Skales debut single brought him into the public face. Afterwards, he met with Banky W, co-founder E.M.E. Following their meeting, he signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E).
While in E.M.E, he also partook in the compilation album Empire Mates State of Mind (2012). The album was done by the recording artist which include: Banky W, Wizkid and Skales. However, Skales pulled out of E.M.E in 2014 after the expiration of the contract.
Thereafter, Skales founded his own record label, OHK Music in 2014 and released Shake Body, a lead single from is debut album, Man of the Year. Additionally, he also signed a 5 year deal with Baseline Music label.
Skales Net Worth
Skales estimated net worth is $2.6 million. He is also one of the richest and influential musicians in Nigeria.