TOBi Bends Genres and Gets Deep With New Project, ELEMENTS Vol. 1
His new project reflects on Black joy, relationships and growth in the artist’s signature smooth, vibrant sound.
The smooth-flowing artist explores relationships, Black joy and evolution with the new project, creating his “unapologetic soul music” alongside a colorful array of producers from an international canvas, including Canada and Europe.
“I’ve always been against the idea of confining my art into a box, so this is my outlet to be free, expressive and experiment,” said TOBi. “I’ve got hip-hop, R&B, soul, grime and Afrobeats on here because it’s what I love. This isn’t the album, this is like my [Lil Wayne] Dedication series. I’m going to keep working with all my favorite producers and keep ELEMENTS alive for years to come.”
ELEMENTS follows TOBi’s April release of STILL+, a deluxe version of his debut album treading on themes of masculinity and vulnerability, self-reflection and post-traumatic growth reflecting his immigration from Nigeria to Canada. With over 17 million streams across platforms, the project speaks for itself—and with a Complex Magazine vote as a “top artist to watch,” TOBi is staying in the spotlight for a long time.
Amidst the project release, TOBi reflects on the #EndSARS movement stemming from his home of Nigeria.
“Throughout this pandemic, I have fought to find my personal joy and use that as a form of resistance,” he said. “My family back home are in pain fighting decades of corruption and oppression and I want to take this opportunity to use my platform to inform the global community. I stand with my brothers and sisters in solidarity fighting the abuse. What is happening in Nigeria is a humanitarian crisis and I will continue to amplify the voices of the oppressed.”
Listen to TOBi’s seamlessly genre-bending project ELEMENTS Vol. 1 here and listen to the full tracklist below.