Tobe from the SWAT 11.15.18 (ATL)
Location: Atlanta, GA
Venue: The Loft @ Center Stage
Label: ETA Records (Independent)
Performers: Tobe Nwigwe (with Fat) (featuring DJ Big Reeks [Waxaholics], Tim Woods, and Luke Whitney.)
On a cold November night, Tobe Nwigwe brought the heat rock with his first sold-out show in Atlanta. The 650 capacity venue was not only sold out, but was filled with a diverse audience showing support for the rapper’s first tour as a headliner. The House-based artist did not come along, he brought a few collaborators with him to the Peach State, including his wife Fat, the singers David Michael Watts and Luke Whitney, rapper Tim Woods and DJ Big Reeks. There was one familiar face missing, and that was Tobe’s longtime producer Nell, who was not able to attend the tour due to her recent pregnancy. She was not forgotten because Tobe took the time out of the show, so the audience could send her a video of everyone saying “We miss you, Nell,” in unison… and the audience gave her a clever suggestion on a name for her future first-born.
DJ Big Reeks
The show started off with DJ Big Reeks of the Waxaholics getting the crowd hyped up with a vibrant set of tunes that ranged from UGK, Jeezy, Dipset, Erykah Badu, to Igbo and Yoruba. The Waxaholics moniker comes from the fact that he prefers to use all vinyl when DJing instead of using laptops like most DJs today. You can catch Reeks weekly on All Real Radio for “Wax Wednesdays,” every Wednesday from 9pm to 11pm.
The House-based artist had a 10 minute set but he made the most of it. His performance was lively and he showed that he takes his craft seriously with different rhyme schemes in each song in his set. Woods’ lyrics are dense enough that after the first listen, you’ll go back and find some hidden gems. “Caribou” was the last song she performed, and it’s a catchy tune that I only wish was longer.
For fans in attendance who were not familiar with his music, Woods did explain why his songs were short, which made perfect sense. Woods has an ongoing series called #MulchMondays where he’s released a new song accompanied by a music video, every Monday in 2018. You can keep up with the series by following @TheRealTimWoods on all Socials.
Luke Whitney (aka Lhitney)
Hailing from Beaumont, Texas, Lhtiney is an aspiring Pop artist, and he brought a different vibe before the main event. Luke brought out the guitar and the ladies loved him for it. One of his newest tracks he wrote about 2 months ago was a hit amongst those in attendance. The song is about a recent breakup and you can feel the emotions in every chord with each pluck of his guitar. Check out this talented singer here, and he had a dynamic performance that got the crowd hyped before the headliner hit the stage.
The Main Event
“Young Tobe, why you rappin’ so hard?”
Tobe Nwigwe + The Originals
The Southwest Alief, Texas, more commonly known as the SWAT, emcee started his set with”What It’s For,” the intro song, from his “From the SWAT” EP, which erupted the crowd to sing along to every word. The track’s beat switch sounded even more aggressive live that the footage doesn’t do it justice.
After a couple of tracks that got the crowd rowdy, the Screwston native slowed things down with a couple of songs dedicated to his wife, Fat. The pair have chemistry when it comes to making tracks together, as if they were Ike & Tina, but minus all the domestic violence.
After reality set in, we picked things back up with “100k,” a song Tobe created once he reached the milestone of 100,000 followers on social media. The song is produced by Nell and features Lhitney and Fat, but when Fat came back out to perform her verse on the song, The Loft nearly turned into the Rooftop Patio by the way the crowd exploded.
Before performing “Ewu,” a track about being the “GOAT,” Nwigwe brought out a special guest, his father. The inspiration from the track comes from his Nigerian heritage, as he has stated in the past, when he first became a rapper his parents were
not impressed in disbelief because they were expecting a different career path for their son. Tobe said something in Igbo and he wanted his father to translate it which was a funny moment for the crowd. This had to be a big moment between the two since the Ewu had the chance to take his pops on this journey that he’s been working diligently on since ending his football career at the University of North Texas.
2018 has been a big year for Nwigwe, and this tour was a great way to cap things off. Being that this was his first tour there is some room to improve when it comes to making the show more fluid. There was a minor hiccup when Tobe was introduced that caused a slight delay and the audio had some feedback early on. Those are things that’ll get better with time, and there’s no doubt with Nwigwe’s work ethic that he and his team will iron out any flaws.
The dedication and persistent work of his team, from producing a new song paired with an accompanying music video weekly since he started his #GetTwistedSundays series nearly two years ago, has taken him from getting his hair twisted by Fat on his couch in the SWAT (So Far Gone Challenge) to his first headlining tour in LA, ATL, DC and NY. His freestyle on Sway gave him nationwide exposure, and when he reached 100k he went from EBT to BET and to top it all off he was recognized as being dope by the legends Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu and soon the rest of the world will take notice.
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[All Mames Wey]
A couple of bonus videos below: