Toobi S.M.O.L.Z is among Northern Uganda's most influential hip hop artists, credited with bringing mature lyricism and wordplay in Uganda’s indigenous language of Acoli and English. Toobi S.M.O.L.Z "S.M.O.L.Z" an acronym for “Sanctify Me Oh Lord Zeus" a name he got from addiction to greek mythology and literature.
Born Tobias Otim on 6th June 1989 in Uganda’s capital city Kampala to a social worker and a development worker, Toobi S.M.O.L.Z loved music - specifically the genre of hip-hop/rap from childhood and could listen to all rap tapes bought by his elder brother Ashby Patrick aka Cashbee who was equally an influential hip-hop artist in Northern Uganda in the early 2000's. The family settled into Kampala city’s Makindye as his father was working with a local NGO. In secondary schools, Toobi S.M.O.L.Z was always a member of debate clubs and weekly news clubs. He went on and graduated with honours from Cavendish University Uganda with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Banking and Financial Services).
Toobi S.M.O.L.Z broke out as an artist when he organized the first-ever hip-hop cipher from northern Uganda #GTCypher that featured fellow rappers from northern Uganda like Black MC, Venomous MC, Judas RapKnowledge, Cliyon G, Rapper Frankie, Wes Gunna Stain, Okreezy, Mc Ivy, J.O Apararyo.
Toobi S.M.O.L.Z recorded his first song pir in/ for you from valley curve records in 2016 with fellow rapper Emique Manney and the rest is history.
Celebrated as a poetic storyteller, powerful word player Toobi S.M.O.L.Z uses his lyricism to mirror and critique his society, addressing issues of social justice, domestic violence, African identity, and ethnicity.
Toobi S.M.O.L.Z is a signed artist under Pine Avenue 5, a record label in Gulu northern Uganda with fellow artists Beepee and Quincy.
Besides music, Toobi S.M.O.L.Z is a radio personality and works with northern Uganda's based FM station Mega 100 Fm. Catch him every Saturday #100FMTC - 12:00-2:00pm and Sundays 11:00 - 1:00pm on the Cover Zone.
He is also a practicing certified accountant working with Uganda Local Government.
2020 – UG Hip Hop Awards: Northern Uganda Rapper of the Year
2019 – Northern Uganda Music Awards: Hip Hop Artist of the year - NUMA (Nomination)
2018 – MTN UG HipHop Awards (Nomination)
2017 – UG Hip Hop Awards: Northern Uganda Rapper of the Year(Win)
2016 – UG Hip Hop Awards: Northern Uganda Rapper of the Year (Nomination)
Singles and collaborations
Pir in ft Emique Manney (2016)
Opening Pandora's Box (2016)
GT Cypher ft Black MC, Vernomous MC, Judas RapKnowledge, Cliyon G, Rapper Frankie, Wes Gunna Stain, Okreezy, Mc Ivy, J.O Apararyo (2016)
Better Than You ft G Wills (2016)
One More Chance ft G Wills (2017)
Gulu Mega (2017)
Hypocrisy ft Slender MC, Wispa MC, Shirley May (2017)
Wora ft Randa (20018)
Min Obuje (2018)
I Don't Play (2018)
Amoko Tama - Pine Avenue (2018)
Pick Up - Pine Avenue (2018)
Nyaluo - Pine Avenue (2018)
That girl is mine - Pine Avenue (2019)
Amari ft Quincy (2019)
Imito ngo (2019)
Lak Matar (2019)