Credit: Ryan Tobbe

Cleveland-based rapper Tobyraps will take the Pour House deck stage June 7 with local hip-hop artists Loser Chris, Slim S.O.U.L., DJ Fl!P and Clayton James. It will be the first performance in Charleston for Toby, who recently sold out a round of shows in his home state of Ohio. 

Toby likens his style of rap to that of an accidental preacher. His lyrics often center around topics like mental health and what he calls “the work ethic of happiness.” That’s not to say he takes himself too seriously — he also displays a Lil Dicky-esque level of self-deprecating silliness.

“I use my shows as an opportunity to speak on how we can all start to feel better and forgive ourselves,” Toby said.

This will be the rapper’s first time performing with Slim S.O.U.L., DJ Fl!p and Clayton James. “I’m a Northern boy who wants to see a Southern good time. Live music is back — let the rebirth begin!” he said.

Charleston’s own Loser Chris has been opening for Tobyraps on a two-week tour and is excited to introduce him to the electric atmosphere of the Pour House. “Toby is an amazing artist. He sold out the Cleveland show three different times … all of the Charleston people need to get to know him,” Chris said, who is returning to the stage after rapping at Little Stranger’s Friendly Neighborhood Festival at the Pour House a few weeks ago. He’ll be performing his newest unreleased song at the June 7 show, along with other fan favorites.

Clayton James is also looking forward to being back on the Pour House stage. The rapper, who describes himself as a “lyric-driven, laid back” act, finished a tour for his most recent album, Rise and Shine, before the shutdown. “I think this will be a really great way to get back out there,” he said. “Live shows are my favorite thing to do.”

Local rapper and nonprofit founder Slim S.O.U.L will be MC’ing the event.n

The show is free with a $5 suggested donation at the door. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.

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