Darryl Kevin "Tobi" Williams Jr. (born February 9th, 1991), better known by his stage name MuffynMan, is an American hip hop recording artist and stone cold pimpalicious mac daddy from Saint Louis, Missouri. The nickname "Tobi" comes from one of his favorite characters from the hit show Naruto. He is also the founder and CEO of RIP SQUAD ENTERTAINMENT LLC, an independent record label. Along with Metro Boomin, Smino, Tech N9ne and Nelly, MuffynMan is one of the few well-known Missouri-based artists to achieve musical success on the national level.
Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, MuffynMan started rapping at the age of four. His early influences included recordings of Yo MTV Raps videos from his father's VHS collection. His first live performance was at a school assembly when he was in the 3rd grade. He created the stage name MuffynMan, in the 7th grade. His original artist name was The Muthafuckin Man due to his cockiness and the unlikelihood of another artist using the same name. He soon realized that this name was not marketable, so he decided to change it based on the radio edited pronunciation, which is Mu_f_in Man. After playing around with the spelling, MuffynMan was born.
While in high school, he became a member of Blackout, which can be best described as a Midwestern Odd Future. The group had countless members, most of whom were recording artist of various styles. He went on to created his own music group R.I.P. The acronym stands for Rebels in Power. MuffynMan later adapted this name into what is now his record label RIP SQUAD ENTERTAINMENT LLC, which is currently the label home of Saint Louis artist, Young Ajae. During his senior year in high school, he released his first mixtape The First Batch in 2009, followed by The Baker's Dozen in 2010, on the now popular DatPiff.com website. His mixtapes contain various freestyles and original songs recorded over self-produced and well-known mainstream instrumentals. After 2010, MuffynMan focused more on honing his musical engineering and writing skills.
MuffynMan is noted for performing live tributes as a part of the spoken word group OutSpoken, in the presence of director Spike Lee and poet/activist Nikki Giovanni in 2011. After graduating from Jackson State University in 2012, he decided to take his talents overseas. He ended up spending a lot of time in Kenya by way of Amsterdam. There he met and worked with Kenyan rapper Shukid. After considering a career in Africa, MuffynMan moved back to the U.S. in 2013. In 2014, he released his third mixtape Dirty Dishes as a compilation of different rap and mixing styles he developed in college. In 2016, he released his first studio EP simply named 52, which featured production from Chopsquad DJ. They later released an EP titled Unlimited, in 2018. The name 52 came from a bet made with a friend that he would create a new song every week for an entire year.