Celebrated in his native Houston for years, Fat Tony's half-conscious/half-delinquent rhyme style is just starting to break nationwide. Collaborations with artists like Das Racist and Bun B led up to his 2010 album RABDARGAB, produced entirely by Houston cohort Tom Cruz. The record is named for an elementary school program that may or may not have taught Tony to read: Read A Book, Do A Report, Get A Buck.
Over 808 drums and pitch bent synths, Tony tells stories of youthful misconduct and skin-deep love through his machine gun drawl. His cynical wit is woven into every bar on tracks like “You Ain’t Fat,” for which he made a low-budget, high concept video that falls somewhere between Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker” and Weird Al’s “Eat It.”
Fat Tony performs all the time in Houston. He’s landed a number of profile-boosting opportunities, including an opening slot for Wu Tang when they came through town in late 2010. Tony has also appeared plenty of times with Das Racist, who invited him to guest on “Luv It Mayne,” a track off their second mixtape Sit Down, Man.
Fat Tony picked up humbly, putting together shows that brought bands of every underground scene together under one roof. Now he’s crafting tracks that channel the energy of every style he loves into a single hip hop expression. As the buzz from his first record makes its rounds, Fat Tony is working on his follow up, once again produced by Tom Cruz. The record will drop under Das Racist’s Greedhead imprint, Tony’s first release for that label.