Houston native Fat Tony is known to serve indie music fans infectiously entertaining music with tracks for the creative and quirky hip-hop head. His unique style and humorous lyrics have garnered him several underground artist awards.
Fat Tony recently released his debut album, RABDARGAB. The album’s title is a reference to an initiative launched by the Houston Independent School District to promote literacy by offering a dollar in exchange for book reports. Fat Tony mimicked the campaign by offering the same to fans who wrote a review of his album. Fat Tony’s life experiences, influences and education have been channeled into his artistry, allowing him to create great music for his fans.
Who have you worked with so far?
I’ve opened for all kinds of folks. Some of my most memorable are with Devin The Dude, Bun B, Snoop Dogg and Bad Brains. I have been blessed to make songs with some of my favorite artists of all time, like Murs, Bun B, Supreeme, BLACKIE, Das Racist, Juiceboxx and OG Ron C.
Your sense of humor is apparent, why is it important to incorporate this into your music?
I want to entertain and have fun while I do it. A new song isn’t going work for me unless I’m saying something I find a little funny and makes me smile. I like music and comedy, rap is all that for me.
How important is education to you?
I’m not finished yet but it’s very important to stay up on things and be well rounded. You can’t stay creative without a sharp mind. You’ve got a world of information to keep you fresh and focused.
Where did you grow up and how has that influenced your work?
Houston’s Third Ward. It put me on to decades of black history, artists, politicians and all tales of those raised throughout my area. There’s a calmness here I don’t think I’d find anywhere else.
What can we expect from you in the future?
A new album produced by Tom Cruz later this year. [I’m touring] and [will] go back to New York to finish the album. Expect me to be goin’ in for the rest of my life. I had the great pleasure to be raised by my grandmother, and I hope to only make her spirit proud for the rest of my life. Rest in peace “Granny” Callie Lawson.