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Tobe Nwigwe’s “Try Jesus” is a Song That Needed To Trend (And Currently Is)

Tobe Nwigwe is trending 

– if you don’t know his name yet, you surely should. The first-generation Nigerian-American rapper out of Houston has burst onto the rap scene in a big way, gaining a cult following through his #getTWISTEDsundays on social media. Every Sunday, Nwigwe drops a new original rap in the tag, whether it’s over an already popular instrumental or produced in house. Fans have long appreciated his signature gritty realness and freestyling talent. As Tobe’s Instagram bio clearly states, “I make purpose popular”, and he definitely delivers. Nwigwe prides himself on being an artist that isn’t afraid to be himself, speak his truth, and speak his mind about things important to him. Faith, being a pillar of his life, is often woven into his songs, done so in a way that holds true to his purpose of praise while still being digestible and welcoming to non-believers. He’s never bought into the typical rapper formula of flexing and clout. His purpose is purpose, whether that be calling for the arrest of Breonna Taylor and Elijah Mcclain’s killers in “I Need You To” or celebrating the Black experience in “Hella Black”. He unapologetically brings his minimalistic style, faith, and life experiences to light through his music.

 On this past #getTWISTEDsunday (July 26th), Nwigwe released an original single, “Try Jesus”, along with an accompanying music video. Both the song and video perfectly display Tobe’s signature style: bare bones, no-frills, and conducive to complete audience fixation on the music itself. The video, which has already reached #10 on Youtube’s trending page and amassed over 171k views, begins with a closeup on Nwigwe’s face, showcasing his golden grills, thick beard, and top knots. Just as the title suggests, this song is intended to be a song of praise, reflecting on human imperfection and humbly addressing his own shortcomings in the grace of a perfect God. The opening line —“Try Jesus, not me, ‘cause I throw hands”— his emotional vocals hang in the air, backed by twittering guitar. As the camera pans out, Stellar and Grammy award-winning guitarist Jabari Johnson is revealed. The pair is cloaked in mint green, with monochrome clothes and a guitar to match. Nwigwe and Johnson switch off for vocals, the entirety of their lyrics copied below.

The camera then pans again, showing Tobe’s long-time producer Lanell Grant sitting cross-legged in a chair with a soundboard. The ending shot, a full view of the three, their plain clothes and white socks blending in with the similarly colored walls; the whole thing bathed in a cool, dreamy light. The emotion of the song slips off of their faces as the video ends, the three staring blankly into the camera, as though at the viewer. The sheer gravity of the song can surely be felt as the credit screen rolls.

 Watch the “Try Jesus” music video here and review the lyrics in full below!

[Chorus: Tobe Nwigwe]

Try Jesus

Not me

Cause I throw hands

[Chorus: Jabari Johnson]

Try Jesus

Please don’t try me

Because I fight

[Verse 1: Tobe Nwigwe]

I know what He said about getting slapped

But if you touch me or mine

We gone have to scrap

So

[Chorus: Jabari Johnson]

Try Jesus

Please don’t try me

Because I fight

[Verse 2: Tobe Nwigwe]

I have no problem layin’ these hands

Try Jesus

Don’t try me

Cause I throw hands

[Chorus: Jabari Johnson]

Try Jesus

Please don’t try me

Because I fight

[Verse 3: Jabari Johnson]

Ohh He said, “Turn the other cheek.”

Ohh but that’s one part of the Bible, that don’t just sit right with me

[Chorus: Jabari Johnson]

So try Jesus

Please don’t try me

Because I fight

[Outro: Jabari Johnson]

I have no problem layin’ these hands