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Tobe and Fat Nwigwe. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Tobe Nwigwe Is the Southern Rapper 'Making Purpose Popular'

Tobe is one of the best things smokin' from the south.

Nigerian-American Tobechukwu "Tobe" Nwigwe is a rising star coming out of Houston, Texas.

Tobe, his wife, Fat, and producer LaNell Grant—who work together in a creative partnership—have crafted a sound and visual aesthetic so unique that they're turning heads all over.

The collective is consistently pushing creative boundaries and has caught the eye of Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper and Michael B. Jordan, to name a few. Tobe's been heard on radio and news stations in Texas and recently featured in a cypher from the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

It's tough to pinpoint exactly where his strength lies; it could be the undeniable bond he has with the two women on either side of him, his southern twang, the unwavering faith in God that often finds itself in his verses, or his fervor in educating the youth in a way he wasn't.

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