Toki Wright

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Toki Wright
Toki Wright
Toki Wright performing live in 2012.
Background information
Born 1980 (age 36–37)[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota[1]
Genres Hip hop, Alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2003–present
Labels Rhymesayers Entertainment, Soul Tools Entertainment
Associated acts The C.O.R.E., The Chosen Few

Toki Wright (born 1980) is an American rapper, organizer, and educator from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Early life[edit]

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Toki Wright developed his passion for music and poetry at an early age. He attended Patrick Henry High School, where he often performed at local talent shows and open mic showcases.

Career[edit]

Toki Wright met Adonis D. Frazier in 1998, and they formed The C.O.R.E. (Children of Righteous Elevation).[1] The duo's debut album, Metropolis, was released in 2003.[2] As well as being a member of The Chosen Few,[3] Toki Wright has released a number of solo recordings, including A Different Mirror (2009), Black Male (2010), and Faders (2012).[4] In 2014, he released a collaborative album with producer Big Cats, titled Pangaea.[5] Toki Wright appeared in Bahamian Son, which gained some traction on the film festival circuit.[6] In 2017, he released an EP, At the Speed of Life 3.[7]

Style and influences[edit]

Toki Wright stated that "A Different Mirror", the title track from his 2009 album, was inspired by Ronald Takaki's A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, saying: "Unless we look into a different mirror we will only see our own reflection. American history for example might be all apple pies and American flags for many, but the history of people of color in America is filled with poverty [and] hatred".[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Metropolis (2003) (with Adonis D. Frazier, as The C.O.R.E.)
  • A Different Mirror (2009)
  • Pangaea (2014) (with Big Cats)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Faders (2012)

EPs[edit]

  • Black Male (2010)
  • Speed of Life: Volume 1 (2011)
  • Prelude to Pangaea (2014) (with Big Cats)
  • At the Speed of Life 3 (2017)

Singles[edit]

  • "Focus" (2006)
  • "Next Best Thing" (2009)
  • "More Fiya" (2010)
  • "25/8/366" (2010)
  • "By the Time I Get to Arizona" (2010)
  • "Real Live" (2011)
  • "Trakhouse" (2011) (with Emazin, Talib Kweli, and I Self Devine)
  • "Let Me Live" (2012)
  • "Short Circuit" (2013) (with Kristoff Krane and Carnage the Executioner)
  • "For Amiri Baraka" (2014) (with Big Cats)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • P.O.S - "Ants" from Ipecac Neat (2004)
  • Sims - "Market Made Murder" from Lights Out Paris (2005)
  • Atmosphere - "Crewed Up" from Strictly Leakage (2007)
  • BK-One - "Face It" from Rádio do Canibal (2009)
  • St. Paul Slim - "Something Better" from Bald Headed Samsun (2010)
  • Mike Swoop - "Let It Go" from New Love (2010)
  • Greenhouse - "Only You" from Electric Purgatory Part 2 (2010)
  • Bob Marley - "Sun Is Shining (Booka B Remix)" (2011)
  • Destro - "Yah, Yah, Yah" from Ill.ustrated (2011)
  • Abstract Rude + Musab - "Plan C" from The Awful Truth (2012)
  • B. Dolan - "Film the Police" from House of Bees Vol. 2 (2012)
  • Guante and Big Cats - "Until There's Nothing Left" from You Better Weaponize (2012)
  • Mixed Blood Majority - "Story to Tell" from Mixed Blood Majority (2013)
  • Phases Cachées - "L'American" from Boule à Facettes (2013)
  • Culture Cry Wolf - "Ransom" from The Sapient Sessions (2013)
  • IBE & Benzilla - "Wake Up!" from This, That and the Third (2013)
  • Atmosphere - "Color in the Snow" (2013)
  • The Regiment - "The Solution" from Live from the Coney Island (2013)
  • Shinobi Gaines - "Livin Right" from Night Crawler Reloaded (2013)
  • Ceewhy - "Goodspeed" from Freedom = Genius (2014)
  • Sti-Lo Reel - "Blues Brothers" from MLK (Mortify, Live & Kill) (2014)
  • Mike the Martyr - "Build Clinton" from Marbury (2015)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Devil's Advocate" (2009)
  • "A Different Mirror" (2010)
  • "The Freshest Kids" (2010) (with Brother Ali and Evidence)
  • "More Fiya" (2010)
  • "By the Time I Get to Arizona" (2010)
  • "The Soul (Go There)" (2011)
  • "Real Live" (2012) (with Yakub)
  • "This One (Free Verse)" (2012)
  • "Film the Police" (2012) (with Sage Francis, B. Dolan, and Jasiri X)
  • "Ode to Maximillian Cohen (π)" (2012)
  • "No Gimmicks" (2013)
  • "Livin Right" (2013) (with Shinobi Gaines)
  • "Short Circuit" (2013) (with Kristoff Krane and Carnage the Executioner)
  • "High Definition" (2013)
  • "The Solution" (2014) (with The Regiment)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Schell, Justin (2010). "From St. Paul to Minneapolis, All the Hands Clap for This: Hip Hop in the Twin Cities". In Hess, Mickey. Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 381. 
  2. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (February 6, 2003). "Lords of Discipline: Locals the C.O.R.E. fight for hip-hop's positive side". Star Tribune. 
  3. ^ Schell, Justin (December 10, 2008). "Southside in the house! Illuminous 3 drop new disc at the Entry". Twin Cities Daily Planet. 
  4. ^ Bennett, Bridget; Doar, Spencer (July 17, 2013). "Back in the studio with Toki Wright". Minnesota Daily. 
  5. ^ Reyneke, David (September 25, 2014). "Stream Toki Wright and Big Cats’ New Collaborative Album ‘Pangaea’ In Its Entirety". Potholes in My Blog. 
  6. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (October 7, 2015). "Minneapolis-made film "Bahamian Son" premieres Thursday at Lagoon". Star Tribune. 
  7. ^ Swensson, Andrea (May 18, 2017). "Toki Wright embraces a new identity as Mamadu". The Current. 
  8. ^ Horgen, Tom (November 18, 2010). "Music video: Toki Wright's "A Different Mirror"". Star Tribune. 

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