Hailing from the Houston suburb of Alief, TX, first-generation Nigerian-American Tobe Nwigwe had, originally, envisioned a career playing professional football, even serving as a star linebacker for the University of North Texas with would-be NFL prospects, before an injury his senior year brought Tobe’s plans to a halt and sent him into an existential crisis, reevaluating his future, priorities, and passions. Eventually urged by those around him to turn his knack for freestyling into a more serious musical pursuit, Nwigwe began independently releasing music several years ago, quickly honing his fine-tuned, imposing, and smooth delivery and fresh style, which attracted plenty of positive praise for the rising MC (with a cult following online, thanks to engaging social media), and earned him some impressive fans like Erykah Badu, Sway Calloway, and Dave Chappelle.
With regular contributions from his wife and muse Fat and producer and collaborator LaNell Grant, Tobe has forged a sound and vibe unlike another other up and coming rapper today, enhanced by a strong and inventive visual aesthetic, and propelled by themes of growing up around violence and hardship, but emerging with a sense of purpose, faith, and a pursuit of excellence, with Nwigwe’s songs regularly professing love for his wife and for God, analyzing his place in the world and a man and as an artist, examining black culture and the state of modern hip hop, and more. Over several albums, EPs, mixtapes, playlists, singles, and multimedia releases, Tobe Nwigwe has positioned himself as one of the most exciting, sharp, refreshing, and prolific figures in modern hip hop, and after a stunning debut in Music City earlier this year, we’re thrilled to see Nwigwe return so soon, this time to headline Topgolf’s The Cowan tonight, Dec. 6, along with The Amours, PJ Morton’s background singers turned buzzy sister act.
A December happening you definitely don’t want to overlook, tickets are still available as of writing in both General Admission and VIP, which includes early entry, exclusive tour merch, and a commemorative lanyard, as well as a meet and great VIP option with a photo op, all right here! Preview Tobe below if you’re not yet familiar with his complex, earnest, and resonant stylings, then snag your tickets before they’re gone.
Tobe Nwigwe and The Amours will perform tonight, Dec. 6 at The Cowan. The show is all ages, doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $30-100.