Emerging artist Tobe Nwigwe checked off another box in his ascension, as the Houston rapper stopped by the NPR office space to make his Tiny Desk concert debut on Monday (Aug. 19). Nwigwe made sure he and his live band were in unison, with all parties involved rocking a black t-shirt that read, “My First Tiny Desk,” which is a strategy he’s employed in the past to get his point across.
The former North Texas football star’s partner, Fat, also had their infant daughter on set as well, just to make sure she properly soaked in the positive vibrations. Nwige then ran through an evocative five-track medley within a brisk 15-minute performance, which was kicked off with “Houston Tribute” and “Caged Birds.”
Instead of taking some time out to explain the inspiration behind his craft, Nwigwe moved right into #GetTwistedSunday standout “Against the Grain,” with help from backup vocalist Madeline Edwards, to let the music ultimately do the talking. The Nigerian artist would finish off his set with “Shine” and “I’m Dope.”
Watch the performance below.