Thutmose (musician)

Last updated
Birth nameUmar Ibrahim
Born (1995-08-04) August 4, 1995 (age 25)
Lagos, Nigeria
Origin Brooklyn, New York
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Associated acts Rema

Umar Ibrahim [1] (born August 4, 1995), [2] [3] known better by his stage name Thutmose, is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer, and songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York.


Early life and education

Ibrahim grew up in a small city outside of Lagos, Nigeria. Shortly after the Lagos armoury explosion in 2002, at age 7, [4] Ibrahim and his family moved to New York. Ibrahim went to Alfred State College for a year studying computer science, but dropped out to pursue music full-time. [2]


Thutmose first gained attention in 2017 after releasing a freestyle to the Kendrick Lamar single "Humble". [5]

On October 16, 2017, Thutmose released the single "WuWu" (short for "what's up with you?") through Pigeons and Planes . Speaking about the track, Ibrahim said, "Especially with dark times in the world, I hope this song serves as a reminder that there's still a lot of love in the world." [6]

On April 30, 2018, Thutmose released a track titled "Run Wild" featuring NoMBe. Originally intended for an upcoming debut album, [7] the track was released alongside the trailer for EA Sports' FIFA 18 as its theme music. [8] This was followed by the collaborative extended play Run Wild released on August 8, 2018. [9]

Thutmose released his debut solo mixtape Man on Fire on October 24, 2018. [4]

Thutmose was included in the soundtrack album Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , released on December 14, 2018 for the 2018 animated film of the same name. [10]

On November 10, 2019, Thutmose was part of the song "Giants" by virtual hip-hop group True Damage, created to promote League of Legends . The group debuted during the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. The rapper plays Ekko, a playable character in League of Legends. [11] The group also includes Keke Palmer, Soyeon, Becky G and Duckwrth. [12]

On December 12, 2020, Thutmose was part of the song "Run It" with Cal Scruby.

On January 8, 2021, a collaboration between Thutmose, American DJ Steve Aoki and South Korean band A.C.E, titled "Fav Boyz", was released.


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