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Monday, August 26, 2019

Tobe Nwigwe - "Live @ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert" [Hip-Hop]

Live @ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

"Live @ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert" music video by Tobe Nwigwe
Added: 26-08-2019
Genre : Hip-Hop
Description : Tobe Nwigwe: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Aug. 19, 2019 | Abby O'Neill -- Hailing from the southwest region of Houston and of Nigerian descent, Tobe Nwigwe made his Tiny Desk debut a family affair, with an entourage that included his seven-week old daughter. The baby was in the arms of Tobe's wife, Fat, known for her striking beauty and lead role in the magnificently directed music videos that have paved the way to Tobe's rapid growth on Instagram.

Baby Fat shared the stage with Tobe's exclusive producer and emcee, LaNell "NELL" Grant, band members and backup singers who, like soldiers in arms, performed a tight, orchestrated and musically rich set. If there were any doubters in the office, they were quickly won over.

Tobe's performance was a five-song medley sandwiched effortlessly into a 15-minute block. Launching with "Houston Tribute," he used clever and evocative wordplay to rap about coming of age in the South. Accented almost hypnotically by a trio of harmonies provided by background vocalists Luke Whitney, David Michael Wyatt and Madeline Edwards, Tobe's mindful words are like a life hack for those seeking guidance. Throughout the set he offered pleas for listeners to look past inherent hardships and evil and to keep their eyes on the prize, while he reflected on his own decision to go against his Nigerian roots and parental expectations to pursue his dreams of being a rapper.

And through it all, young Baby Fat sat silently in her mom's arms, absorbing the spiritual energy of her dad's music.

SET LIST
"Houston Tribute"
"Caged Birds"
"Against the Grain"
"Shine"
"I'm Dope"

MUSICIANS
Tobe Nwigwe: lead vocals; Fat and Baby Fat; LaNell "NELL" Grant: vocals, effects; Nic Humes: keys; Aldarian Mayes: drums; Lucius Hoskins: guitar; Devin Caldwell: bass; David Michael Wyatt: vocals; Madeline Edwards: vocals; Luke Whitney: vocals; Igbo Masquerade: art

CREDITS
Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Jeremiah Rhodes, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Photo: Shuran Huang/NPR


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Tobe Nwigwe is a Houston-based rapper who spreads inspirational, meaningful messages through his music. His self-described aim is to "make purpose popular." He is easily recognizable by his deep yet gentle voice and exceptionally agile rhyming style. He is highly prolific, regularly releasing new songs and videos, often co-starring his wife, Ivory Rogers (simply known as Fat), and producer LaNell Grant (aka Nell). His songs have been collected on full-length releases such as 2018's The Originals.

Nwigwe, a first generation Nigerian-American, was born in Alief, Texas, a suburb of Houston. He attended the University of North Texas and was a star linebacker on the university's football team, but he left due to a foot injury. He first received attention in 2014 for singles such as "Been Grinding" and "Coulda Woulda Shoulda," which appeared on his EP Pardon My Lateness. He became heavily productive in 2017, releasing Tobe from the Swat and two Get Twisted Sundays mixtapes over the course of the year. Numerous singles and videos appeared throughout 2018; many of the tracks appeared on The Originals and More Originals.

Tags : 2019, 10s, Tobe Nwigwe

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