If anything is clear, TOBi carries the weight of the world on his shoulders in his newest single “City Blues,” a hard-hitting yet gentle track that provided commentary for tough subjects.
With a cadence similar to Anderson .Paak and J.I.D., the 25-year-old mirrors a young Kendrick Lamar with a melodic flow used to touch on feminism, homelessness, inner-city living, and police brutality. His bars are lined by the Free n Losh-produced track.
“Mama working like there was two of her/Can’t let this muthaf**king 9-5, 10-8 ruin her/Meanwhile I’m jumping thru the hoops of dodging daily news and being in groups with young dudes who moving tough/Now she stressing and thinking her baby doing drugs,” he raps, reminiscing about the hard-working mothers that provide for their children.
The Edward T. Liguori-directed accompanying visual features the emcee singing alone in a subway, and the shots change as TOBi goes through a urban city where clips of his life can be seen. Watch TOBi perform his new single “City Blues” above.