2022 future maker

Tobe Nwigwe

Iconic and Influential

In 2019, Rapper and singer Tobe Nwigwe performed on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, gaining millions of views and wide acclaim. He releases a new music video every Sunday, offering an alternative to the imagery and messages of mainstream rap. His music continues to grow in popularity aided by, among other things, his attention-grabbing performances at the BET Hip Hop Awards and the First Lady Michelle Obama putting his song “I'm Dope” on her workout playlist. 

The Dreamer’s Journey

Nwigwe’s unique music tells the story of a difficult upbringing as a first-generation Nigerian kid in the Alief neighborhood of Houston.  In his lyrics and music, he confronts the difficulties of being Black in America — losing friends to the drug war; handling ongoing racism and systemic oppression — while retaining his sense of love, positivity and grace. He believes this is how we can all learn to Dream in Black

Future Greatness

Recently, Beyoncé featured Nwigwe prominently on billboards, commercials, and in-store placements nationally for her Adidas x IVY PARK Rodeo collection. And in 2023, Tobe will make his acting debut joining the cast of the beloved saga, "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.”

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