When an artist sets their sights on Grammy glory early on in their career, no one truly takes them serious. But at least with that bold ambition, they let the world know where their head is at creatively and also what they got into music for.
Eventually, when music becomes a career and not just a pipe dream, artists have to deal with real life because the truth is, except you pond them in the black market, award statues really do not pay the bills. Having said that, when money becomes the only reason why an artist makes music, and the music suffers as a result, artists reinforce the narrative that wealth and artistic merit are two mutually exclusive things – they are not.
Skales burst unto the scene in 08/09 when he shook the game with the instant classic “Heading For A Grammy”, an affirmation that would go on to become his mantra. But the ex-EME artist’s Grammy search ended so long ago, we shouldn’t even be talking about it in 2017, because he most certainly doesn’t. Instead what Skales’ music is now focused on is money – making music that makes him money and making music that talks about him making money, more money than those who disagree with him or his career choices or as the singer so eloquently puts it, his ‘haters’.
On this new album, the song “Speak My Mind” perfectly summarizes Skales’ single-minded focus on getting rich.
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