Approximately two years after his long-awaited debut album, Skales is back with his sophomore. We all know that the sophomore is crucial to the creative alchemy of every artist (but perhaps it is not as crucial for Skales) — hold that thought.
Skales must be admired for his tenacity. Even his new album’s title reflects this. He calls it, The Never Say Never Guy. As an aside, Never Say Never is an album title attributable to American R & B diva Brandy, until Skales came along and added guy to it. We all know what it became, a description of Skales, similar to the title of his first album, Man of the Year.
There is nothing wrong with self-referential titles, except when the tracklist is entirely egocentric. Skales scales this hurdle. This album is about him and those he is empowered to affect. At the introit of the album is Thank God. His thanksgiving is fleeting and not as directed to a divine being as it is directed to the material gains he is absolutely thankful for: his bank account which “makes him dizzy”, that he has become a “landlord” and the laughable detail of how he can now buy a product and ask the seller to keep the change.
Mama is dedicated to his mother but it is not the usual love song to mothers. It takes the slant of Lil Kesh’s Ishe. Skales deploys the metaphor of a girlfriend to conceptualise his connection to his mother. This is neither surp ... Read Full Review