TOBE NWIGWE IS THE NEXT BIG THING
BY Jessica Nguyen
From getting told he was “dope” by Erykah Badu and comedian Dave Chappelle [who facetimed him before his BET performance by the way] if you don’t know who Tobe Nwigwe is by now you surely will.
Selling out his first solo concert here in Houston, performing on BET for the first time, being featured on TIDAL RISING: Hip-Hop, and having Paul Wall The Po Up Poet making him grills. These are only a few of the exciting things happening for Tobe Nwigwe.
The more you see Tobe Nwigwe’s success the more you get excited for what is to come because that’s how real he is. Every performance, every song, every music video has originality and oozes royalty and culture. That’s what makes him different. Not to mention he has two driving forces by him! So let’s not sleep on these two power house women. Producer Lanell or “Nell” Grant and artist [who also happens to be his wife] Fat.
Standing in the crowd at The Bud Light Beer Garden outside of The BBVA Compass Stadium, watching Tobe Nwigwe perform there’s just so much swag and passion as he performs on stage. He has captured the audience’s attention, captivating even those passing through to The Dynamo game, stopping them as they listen to the sound of his voice. Not too long after, his beautiful wife Fat with swag that matches his joins him on stage along with Producer Nell Grant. It’s another successful show.
In an exclusive interview partnered with Studio57, Tobe Nwigwe, Fat Nwigwe, and Lanell Grant share what they’re all about and what exciting things they’re up to next.
JESS NGUYEN: So, y’all just performed for The Houston Dynamo! How did that feel?
TOBE NWIGWE: I feel phenomenal! I feel like I’m a part of The Houston Dynamo. I feel like I’m about to run out onto the field and score a goal!
FAT NWIGWE & LANELL GRANT: [laughs]
NGUYEN: I can get you down to media access, but after that you’re on your own. I’m not responsible for what happens after!
[Tobe makes a joke about being a linebacker on the field while Fat looks and laughs shaking her head]
NGUYEN: You guys seem to have a lot going on for you right now. What did it take to get where you are now?
NWIGWE: Consistency. We were lucky enough to have someone like The Houston Dynamo reach out to us. We really appreciate the opportunity to come out and perform.
GRANT: Yeah, that’s the only thing. Consistency. It’s people seeing us every Sunday and getting to watch us.
[See their social media sites for #getTWISTEDsundays]
NGUYEN: What’s next for you guys?
GRANT: THE WORLD.
GRANT: That’s what you’re supposed to say right? [laughs]
NWIGWE: That’s good. The world. Correct. But really though, we’re about to release another E.P. and we’re about to go on tour. We have a couple of secret things in the works. Some MAJOR THINGS. Me personally, I feel like I’m about to start doing a little bit more collaborations.
NGUYEN: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?
NWIGWE: It’s life music. It’s designed to help people.
GRANT: It’s extremely relatable. We’re not 18 or 21, and no stiff to any 18 or 21 year-old artist, but I mean we’re 30 plus. Well actually… I’m only 29.
NWIGWE: Lanell…I’m just trying to see where you’re going with this. [Laughs]
GRANT: Where I’m going with this is that we’re wives and we’re husbands. So, it’s music for those people. It’s music for people who have been where we come from. It’s just life music. Anyone and everyone can find something in it.
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