Fat Tony (rapper)

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Fat Tony
Fat Tony, January 2013 (Photo, Jessica Lehrman).jpg
Fat Tony in 2013
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Lawson Jude Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu
Born (1988-03-24) March 24, 1988 (age 31)
OriginThird Ward, Houston, Texas, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active2008–present
Associated acts
  • Tom Cruz
  • Charge It to the Game

Anthony Lawson Jude Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu[5] or Anthony Lawson Obi (born March 24, 1988),[6][7] better known by his stage name Fat Tony, is an American rapper from Third Ward, Houston, Texas.[8]

He has been recognized in URB's "Next 1000", a list of emerging new artists anticipated to break through.[9] He also won the Houston Press Music Awards' Best Underground Hip Hop award in 2008,[10] 2009,[11] and 2013.[12]

Early life[edit]

Fat Tony lived in the Third Ward area of Houston, Texas.[13] Anthony Onyebuchi Obi, Fat Tony's father, is an engineer, and his mother Johnnie is a housewife.[5] Fat Tony's father, an Igbo,[14] fought in the Biafran War in Nigeria before coming to Houston.[5] Fat Tony attended Carnegie Vanguard High School (Class of 2006)[15] and the University of St. Thomas.[16] He also studied as a communications major at the University of Houston.[17]


Fat Tony's debut studio album, RABDARGAB, was released on October 19, 2010. It featured production entirely from Tom Cruz formerly of Atlanta-based rap group Supreeme.[18] The album's title is a reference to the late 1990s Houston Independent School District campaign aimed at elementary school students to promote literacy by offering $1 to students in exchange for book reports. The acronym stands for "Read a Book – Do A Report – Get a Buck."[19] With the release of the album, Fat Tony ran a promotion entitled LISDARGAB (Listen, Do a Review, Get a Buck), where he undertook to send anyone who emailed him a review for RABDARGAB a dollar bill in the mail.[20] The album was preceded by a mixtape entitled RABDARGAB: The EPreview, mixed by Fat Tony's DJ iPod Ammo. The mixtape featured collaborations with Das Racist, Juiceboxxx, Hospital, Jade <3, Tecla, and Smash Bro, among others.[21]

On March 24, 2011, he released a remix album entitled SCREWDARGAB. It was a "chopped-up, not slopped up" version of RABDARGAB remixed by Swishahouse co-founder DJ OG Ron C.[22]

On June 1, 2012, he released Double Dragon, a collaborative album with producer Tom Cruz, on Young One Records.[23][24]

Smart Ass Black Boy, Fat Tony's second solo studio album, was released on Young One Records on June 11, 2013. Produced by Tom Cruz, the album was written in two days and recorded in four days in Los Angeles, California.[25] It included "BKNY"[26][27] and "Hood Party".[28] NPR premiered a full length stream of Smart Ass Black Boy on June 3, 2013 and wrote positively of the album's material.[29] The album received positive reviews from XXL,[30] Rolling Stone,[31] Spin,[32] Robert Christgau for MSN,[33] AllMusic,[34] and Houston Press.[35] Pitchfork premiered the "Hood Party" video on the album's release date.[36]

MacGregor Park, Fat Tony's third solo studio album, was released on First One Up on August 25, 2017. Bandcamp Daily named it one of the best hip hop albums of 2017.[37] Robert Christgau reviewed the album positively for Noisey.[38] The album's title is a reference to MacGregor Park in Houston.[39]

In 2018, Fat Tony began hosting Thrift Haul with Fat Tony on Super Deluxe.[40] On September 28, 2018, he released 10,000 Hours on Don Giovanni Records.[41] Written and recorded in Los Angeles, the album was produced in large part by Hevln.[42] In 2019, Fat Tony served as a host on the nightly live variety show Vice Live on Viceland.[43]

Fat Tony will release a studio album, Wake Up, on Carpark Records on February 7, 2020.[4]

Style and influences[edit]

Fat Tony's primary musical influences are drawn from Southern hip hop, underground hip hop, West Coast hip hop, pop music, and punk rock.[44] He has cited Prince, the Ramones, E-40, Devin the Dude, Black Flag, and A Tribe Called Quest, among others, as influences.[45]


Studio albums[edit]

  • RABDARGAB (2010)
  • Double Dragon (2012) (with Tom Cruz)
  • Smart Ass Black Boy (2013)
  • MacGregor Park (2017)
  • Urban Hall of Fame (2018) (with Kyle Mabson, as Charge It to the Game)
  • 10,000 Hours (2018)
  • Wake Up (2020)

Remix albums[edit]

  • SCREWDARGAB (2011) (with OG Ron C)
  • MacGregor Park (Chopnotslop Remix) (2017) (with OG Ron C and DJ Candlestick)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Creation of Fat Tony (2009)
  • Like, Hell Yeah (2010)


  • RABDARGAB: The EPreview (2010)


  • Love Life (2008)
  • Look (2016) (with P. Morris)
  • Urban Hall of Fame (2016) (with Kyle Mabson, as Charge It to the Game)
  • Snak Pak (2018) (with Pregnant Boy)
  • Full Circle (2018) (with J.Kelr)


  • "Hood Party" (2013)
  • "BKNY (Remix)" (2013)
  • "No More" b/w "Love Me" (2014)
  • "Sushi" (2015)
  • "Dame Un Beso" (2016)
  • "Twin Peaks" (2017)
  • "Two for One" (2017)
  • "Son of God" (2017)
  • "Growth Spurt" b/w "Northside Dr." (2018)
  • "FWU" (2018)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • SMKA - "'Til It's Gone" and "I'm on Fire" from SMKA: The 808 Experiment Vol. 1 (2008)
  • DJ Sly - "Killin' Time" from Beyond It (2009)
  • Juiceboxxx - "Boxxx Get Busy" from Journeyman from the Heartland (2010)
  • Das Racist - "Luv It Mayne" from Sit Down, Man (2010)
  • Tecla - "Beautiful Problems" from Strangers Revisited (2011)
  • ASAP Rocky - "Get Lit" from Live. Love. ASAP (2011)
  • Tecla - "No Music" from Thanksgiving (2011)
  • Hot Sugar - "Leverage" from Midi Murder (2012)
  • Big Baby Gandhi - "Lurkin'" from No1 2 Look Up 2 (2012)
  • Heems - "Bangles" from Nehru Jackets (2012)
  • Antwon - "Laugh Now: Hot Sugar Version" (2013)
  • Tecla - "Bed of Roses" and "Mayo on the Side" from Bruja (2013)
  • Steel Tipped Dove - "Sprung" from Steel Tipped Dove & a Whole Bunch of Crazy Motherfuckers (2013)
  • Kool & Kass - "Burtation" from Peaceful Solutions (2013)
  • Weekend Money - "Trapper Keeper" from Freddie Merkury (2014)
  • Shy Girls - "Without (Magic Fades Remix)" (2014)
  • Donwill & Dash Speaks - "Sixteen Tons" from Don Speaks (2014)
  • Kari Faux - "Stainless" from Laugh Now, Die Later (2014)
  • Tony Collins - "Take You Home" from Last Night (2014)
  • Cakes da Killa - "I Run This Club Remix" from I Run This Club (2014)
  • Puzzle - "All the Best" from Tighten the Reins (2017)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Young One Records". Young One Records.
  2. ^ "Ghost Ramp". Ghost Ramp.
  3. ^ "Fat Tony - 10,000 Hours". Don Giovanni Records. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Carpark Welcomes Fat Tony! 'Wake Up' out February 7th + listen to "Godly" now!". Carpark Records. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Serrano, Shea (June 2013). "The Happy Rapper". Texas Monthly. Archived from the original on August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  6. ^ Rhodes, Dusti (January 13, 2010). "Apostle of Hustle (page 2)". Houston Press. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  7. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. "Fat Tony: Biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Norcia, Alex (February 25, 2019). "VICE Is Doing It Live". Vice. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Urb Magazine :: Next 1000 :: Fat Tony". URB. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009.
  10. ^ "2008 Houston Press Music Awards Recipients List". Houston Press.
  11. ^ "2009 Houston Press Music Award Winners". Houston Press.
  12. ^ "Fat Tony's 2013 Houston Press Music Award". Fat Tony.
  13. ^ Rhodes, Dusti (January 13, 2010). "Apostle of Hustle (page 1)". Houston Press. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  14. ^ "The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents a Halloween Steel Lounge Underground with no tricks just musical treats" (PDF). Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. October 10, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "Carnegie's Community Service Requirement". Carnegie Vanguard High School. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  16. ^ Grant, Clyde. "Artist Spotlight Love Life". Drench Magazine. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  17. ^ Damante, Mike (November 25, 2008). "Fat Tony pulls out the stops". The Daily Cougar. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  18. ^ "Fat Tony helps keep local sound original – Life & Arts". The Daily Cougar. University of Houston. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008.
  19. ^ "RAB DAR GAB - Houston Area PSA - Totally '90s!". YouTube.
  20. ^ "RABDARGAB". Bandcamp.
  21. ^ "RABDARGAB: THE EPREVIEW". Bandcamp.
  22. ^ "SCREWDARGAB". Bandcamp.
  23. ^ Martin, Andrew (June 2, 2012). "Mixtape Premiere: Fat Tony & Tom Cruz "Double Dragon"". Complex. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  24. ^ Breihan, Tom (June 5, 2012). "Download Fat Tony & Tom Cruz Double Dragon". Stereogum. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  25. ^ "NPR premieres Houston rapper Fat Tony's new album". Houston Chronicle.
  26. ^ "Fat Tony "BKNY" Video". Life or Death PR.
  28. ^ "VICE Premiere: "Hood Party" by Fat Tony". Vice.
  29. ^ "First Listen: Fat Tony, 'Smart Ass Black Boy'". NPR.
  30. ^ "Fat Tony – 'Smart Ass Black Boy' Album Review". XXL.
  31. ^ "Fat Tony, 'Smart Ass Black Boy'". Rolling Stone.
  32. ^ "Fat Tony , 'Smart Ass Black Boy' Review'". Spin.
  33. ^ "Fat Tony/Young Fathers". MSN Entertainment. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013.
  34. ^ "Smart Ass Black Boy - Fat Tony". AllMusic.
  35. ^ "Fat Tony Remains Houston's Smart Ass Black Boy On New Album'". Houston Press.
  36. ^ "Video: Fat Tony Featuring Kool A.D. and Despot: "Hood Party"". Pitchfork.
  37. ^ "First Listen: The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2017 – Bandcamp Daily". Bandcamp Daily.
  38. ^ "Robert Christgau on Fat Tony's Realism and an Abundance of Mello Music - Noisey". Vice.
  39. ^ Dansby, Andrew (April 16, 2016). "Bringing back the magic of Sundays in MacGregor Park". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  40. ^ "Thrift Haul". YouTube.
  41. ^ Johnson, Cherise (August 15, 2018). "Fat Tony Announces His New '10,000 Hours' Album Along With A Political Single, 'Texas,' And A Big Tour". Uproxx. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  42. ^ Thompson, Paul (October 10, 2018). "Fat Tony is good for your health". The Fader. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  43. ^ "Viceland Will Relaunch Primetime With Nightly Live 2-Hour Variety Show". Variety.
  44. ^ "Sound Check: Texas proves it's big enough for all types of music – Life & Arts". The Daily Cougar. University of Houston. Archived from the original on November 12, 2008.
  45. ^ "PODiMOUTH : PODiMOUTH Presents: FAT TONY A short Q&A with..." PODiMOUTH. Archived from the original on December 10, 2013.

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