Tobe Nwigwe Is Making Purpose Popular, Elevating A Generation, And Shifting The Culture With Powerful Music For Melanated Minds

Tobe Nwigwe’s music is a beacon of melanated passion and revolutionary inspiration.

In his songs he speaks about Melanin, Black History, current events and realities that plague Black life in America, Black love, all with a unique yet exciting brand of melodies that emphasize the words of power and prophecy he harmonically expresses.

Tobe Nwigwe is like the Gil Scott Heron of this generation, and it’s a beautiful thing to see and hear such a consistent manifestation of real soulful, passionate, and revolutionary music that empowers melanated minds around the world.

While the heroes of conscious rap, like Common and Mos Def, are exalted — and rightfully so — others in the genre rarely make it into the mainstream; though he’s still navigating the underground rap scene, Nwigwe seems to have found the key to changing the landscape. Having amassed a cult social following, he is reclaiming rap as a shape-shifting force, making purpose popular, and highlighting music’s ability to burrow deep in the psyche to yield cultural change, creating music that reminds people they were “made to do what no one’s done.” Consistently carving his own path in the music business as an independent artist, he’s proven that knowing who you are and remaining true to self leads to influence. And, as he sees it, “influence impacts how you do life.”

Virginia Lowman, MTV News Staff

Story Behind The Viral Song “I Need You To” (Arrest The Killers Of Breonna Taylor)

Here is the story behind “I Need You To” according to Nwigwe’s interview with NBC News:

“Tobe Nwigwe had no intention of releasing new music on July 5.

But when the Houston-based rapper woke up that Sunday, he said he felt divinely inspired to create music about Breonna Taylor — and he had no choice but to obey.

“I woke up and, I promise you, God gave me a vision to do the song,” Nwigwe told NBC News. “I woke up and got a vision to do that song specifically in a public service announcement-type manner.”

By the end of the day, Nwigwe had uploaded the song “I Need You To” and its music video to YouTube. The piece calls for the arrest of the killers of Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain, Black people who were killed in confrontations with police.”

More Music From Tobe Nwigwe

“Try Jesus” (Don’t Try Me)

“Fresh Air”

“Make It Home”

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