I came across Tobi Lou while going through my Spotify Discover recommendations. Usually I don’t pay attention to these, but his colorful artwork featuring a cartoon version of his self caught my eye.
In this case, judging a book by its cover worked in my favor.
The first song I checked out was “Txt Me” and I was immediately hooked.
The playful beat accompanied with iPhone sound samples and clever wordplay led to multiple replays and ultimately I made my way through Tobi’s discography.
While the Chicago singer/rapper and producer doesn’t have a full project out, the loosies he’s released showcase growth and a new sound from his older music I would later discover.
Not believing only a handful of tracks existed from this artist, I had to dig.
Tobi released a 22-track mixtape, The Naked Girl From The Internet, back in 2012 under the name Wonda.
There seems to have also been a tape called The Wonda Years. The reason for the name change?
— Wonda (@wonda) December 8, 2015
The first track Tobi Lou released under his real name was “Pretty Please”, an ode to ass.
Other notable releases include the before mentioned “Txt Me”, “Hopefully” and “Game Ova” which Tobi filmed the below visual for.
The video was shot at the same arcade seen in Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N’ Night” music video.
Most recently, Tobi’s song “A.R.O.K.” was featured on the OWN network’s popular show Queen Sugar.
Not sure if a full project is in the works for Tobi but you may be lucky to catch him live.
He’s one of the many talented artists in Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Chicago lineup performing alongside 6lack and EMI.
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