Phat Kat

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Phat Kat
Background information
Birth name Ronald Watts
Origin Detroit, Michigan, US
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Slum Village, T3, J Dilla, Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Royce da 5'9"

Phat Kat (b. Ronnie Watts) is a rapper from Detroit, Michigan, best known as a favorite collaborator of the late J Dilla.

Biography[edit]

His career began in the mid 90's as part of 1st Down, which consisted of Phat Kat on vocals and Jay Dee on production. The group was short lived however, possibly because of insufficient support/promotion from their label, Payday, but the two continued to collaborate on many occasions afterwards, starting with an appearance on "Fat Cat Song" and its remix, from Slum Village's Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1).

In an interview, he spoke in regards to his time and music creations alongside Dilla, as well as the producer's work ethic:

His first full-length album, The Undeniable LP was released on June 22, 2004, on Barak Records. It featured appearances from Slum Village, Dwele, Big Tone of 87 Wasted Youth, and Obie Trice. Kat released a 12-inch single in late 2006 for the song Cold Steel produced by J Dilla, he then followed it with his latest LP, Carte Blanche, on April 24 on Look Records. The album has proved to be Kat's most universally acknowledged effort yet.[citation needed]

During a radio interview with T3 in WJLB, Phat Kat rung in and spoke against T3. He stated that T3 had dismantled the group, after the Reunion Pt 2 video was released and Elzhi wasn't in the video. T3 had said that he and Elzhi were still on good speaking terms, however Phat Kat contradicted him saying that "Elzhi ain't f***ing witchu, don't do that to the fans, keep it real". T3 didn't know what the future of Slum Village was as Elzhi hadn't released a statement regarding his intentions of whether to continue Slum Village and Phat Kat strongly disagreed. Phat Kat was incredibly incensed and continued to swear as T3 tried to explain.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Dedication To The Suckers EP (2000)
  • The Undeniable EP (2004)

Singles[edit]

  • 1st Down (Phat Kat & Jay Dee) - A Day Wit' The Homies (1995, Payday)
  • Dedication To The Suckers (1999, House Shoes Recordings)
  • Club Banger (2001, Barak)
  • Boss Of All Bosses Featuring Phat Kat, Nature & P-Dap (2005, DMB Records)
  • Game Over Ft. Phat Kat & Jay Dee (2005, Ghostly International)
  • Cold Steel (2007, Look Records)

Appearances[edit]

  • 2001 "Featuring Phat Kat" (from the Jay Dee album Welcome 2 Detroit)
  • 2004 "True Story" (from the B.R. Gunna album Dirty District: Vol. 2)
  • 2004 "Zoom" (from the Slum Village album "Detroit Deli"
  • 2005 "Hear This" (from the Slum Village album Slum Village)
  • 2005 "Detroit Rapstar" (from the Lil Skeeter album Detroit Rapstar)
  • 2007 "Lookatusnow" from the Black Milk album Popular Demand
  • 2008 "Bonus Track prod. Metodo Shintaro" from the Shotta Sangre album
  • 2008 "Keep it Real" with Elzhi and "Do It" from the Cadik album "Basic"

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