Tobi Lou & Smino Are With Their "Troop" & It Sounds Like Pure Joy

Tobi Lou is liquid joy.
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Tobi Lou Troop Best New Song Hip-Hop 2018

Tobi Lou is with his troop. Tobi Lou is also liquid joy.

Lou, Chicago’s latest rising star, has been slowly carving out his own lane over the past two years, with a steady stream of singles and the dazzling Tobi Lou and the Moon EP.

On his latest single, “Troop,” Lou leans into the bright and syrupy quality of his vocal, producing a low-key self-love anthem you can play rain or shine.

Taut synth leads and an easy blitz to the percussion will have listeners drifting through space as Tobi Lou celebrates being Black, beautiful, and magical. Smino adds his St. Louis-meets-Chicago swagger to the track as well, declaring: “I come from the Midwest, I don’t fuck with no mid packs.” 

"Troop"—apparently produced by Tobi himself alongside Ordnry Yngstr, Charlie Handsome, DILIP, Maximilian Schönherr, Krs., JuiceBangers, Yugi Boi, and Heaven In Stereo—proves the duo to be masters of the breezy, springtime banger.

Tomorrow, March 6, Lou will release the mesmerizing and equally feel-good visuals for “Troop,” in tandem with a full interview with DJBooth where we discuss his influences, his love for cartoons, and capturing that "Tobi Lou feeling."