Raised in a Buddhist household, immersing himself in Black history, world culture, and community work, Toki Wright’s awareness of the diverse world we live in is translated through his content driven music. Aside from his infamous live stage show he has taken paths that run the gamut from a non-profit youth organization in North Minneapolis to work withwar-affected children in Northern Uganda to his position as the coordinator of the first fully accredited Hip Hop Studies program in the country.
As an artist, Wright’s travels have taken him throughout the United States and Canada as support for Brother Ali and Evidence of Dilated Peoples. Other performance credits include Soundset, Coachella, CMJ, Bumbershoot , Paid Dues, Scribble Jam, and SXSW. His recent video “Devil’s Advocate” peaked at #3 on MTVMUSIC.com and was selected as part of the “Freshman 5″ for MTVU. Wright also gained recent global notoriety with his remake of the Public Enemy classic “By The Time I Get To Arizona” challenging Arizona’s immigration law.
Being an active presence in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene, Wright has been featured on recordings by Atmosphere, P.O.S, and C-Rayz Walz, to name a few. With years of experience and numerous accolades (2009 & 2007 Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards “Best Knowledge Spitta” Winner, 2006 KMOJ Radio Artist of the Year, 2003 Star Tribune Artist of the Year – Honorable Mention, 2002 City Pages Hip-Hop Artists of the Year, 2002 Minnesota Music Award Nominee: Best Hip-Hop Artist, and more…), Toki Wright is ready to go to the next level with his debut solo, full-length release, A Different Mirror on Rhymesayers Entertainment June 9th, 2009.
As the first artist in the newly developed Rhymesayers Spotlight Series, aimed at bringing new emerging, independent artists to the masses. Toki Wright comes armed with skill and determination on his debut album “A Different Mirror” and the recently released online EP “BlackMale.” His insightful lyrics are balanced by smooth, flowing beats by local stand out producers Benzilla and Medium Zach of Fam Feud, and Rhymesayers own Brother Ali.
“A powerful stage presence and booming, crystal-clear cadence..”
- LA Weekly
“One of the dopest emcees around, who makes noise both on the
microphone and as an un-compromising community activist…”
- Davey D