Independance and owning everything is the way for me.
For somebody like me, who has a very specific niche, it wasn’t necessary [to sign to a major label]. I’m very practical; it didn’t make sense
Instead, in 2014, Nwigwe signed with 50-year-old Christian motivational speaker Eric Thomas’s start-up label, ETA Records . “Eric’s voice and his messages really helped push me while I was playing ball,” he says. (Considered for the NFL draft while playing football at the University of North Texas, Nwigwe was forced to switch career tracks after suffering a torn ligament in his left foot.) “He was a major factor in me doing music with integrity and character and being able to succeed at a certain level. ’Cause I ain’t never seen an example like that.” Since 2017, ETA has dropped Tobe From the Swat, The Originals. (2018), More Originals (2018), Three Originals (2019), Fouriginals (2019), and last year’s The Pandemic Project and Cincoriginals. His hustle, along with a complex lyricism that’s filtered through more traditional Southern rap tropes, has made Tobe Nwigwe fans out of collaborators like Paul Wall, Black Thought, Big K.R.I.T., and loads of others.