Skip to main content

Skinny & Scales - The Mule

DJBooth_logo2x

When we featured We Out Here, Nappy Roots members Skinny & Scales' first single as a duo, many likely recognized the title of their forthcoming LP as a reference to Gen. Sherman's promise of 40 Akerz of land to freed slaves after the Civil War. This new cut, making its world premiere here at DJBooth.net, finds the twosome relating the famous phrase to the state of our nation in '09—though they acknowledge that we've come a long way, and are glad to have Obama in office, they still can't help but wonder, “Where's The Mule?” While many artists have attempted to tackle the knotty political, social, and economic conflicts Americans are still trying to untangle in '09, Skinny & Scales have a better eye for the details than most, and the blend of real talk and biting humor they bring to the table result in a thought-provoking record that, thanks to the catchy, wistful hook and Sol Messiah's unconventional instrumental (featuring synth strings and... reversed electric guitar riffs?) is also a mellow, enjoyable listen. Watch for 40 Akerz to hit stores sometime this summer.

Scroll to Continue

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

5-Albums-Header

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

New albums from Fireboy DML, Pigeons & Planes, ELIO, SANNI, and Baani Sandhu? Audiomack has a breakdown of all the must-hear new releases this week.

Copy-of-Best-of-the-Week-Header--1-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Get familiar with new releases from Beyoncé, JAE5, DJ Tunez, NAV, and DOMi and JD Beck.

5-Albums-Header--4-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

New albums from Doe Boe, Hotboii, Kweku Flick and more? We have a complete rundown of all the new releases you should make time to hear.

Related

Copy-of-Best-of-the-Week-Header--1-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Get familiar with new releases from Beyoncé, JAE5, DJ Tunez, NAV, and DOMi and JD Beck.

5-Albums-Header--4-

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

New albums from Doe Boe, Hotboii, Kweku Flick and more? We have a complete rundown of all the new releases you should make time to hear.

Best-of-the-Week-Header--4-

5 Songs You Need to Hear: Best of the Week

Tap in to brand new songs from Megan Thee Stallion, Pabi Cooper, Doechii, Nija, and KIRBY.

5-Albums-Header-1

5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

Press play on new albums from Tiago PZK, Flo Milli, Icewear Vezzo, Ms Banks, and Reggie & O'Kenneth.

Header

10 Rappers You Should Know Right Now

Tell all your friends about Ken Carson, Strick, Cochise, Dougie B, Lil Kayla, and more. Audiomack introduces you to the rappers who are up next.

Header--18-

“Music Was Going to Be My Way Out”: An Interview With JeriQ

Rising Nigerian artist JeriQ has made his dreams come true. He breaks down his journey for Audiomack World.