Anthony Obi is a Nigerian-American rapper from Houston, Texas known as Fat Tony. He is a Houston based rap artist known for his engaging and energetic live performances and acclaimed recordings.
Fat Tony won the 2009 and 2008 Houston Press Music Awards’ Best Underground Hip Hop award, and has been recognized in URB’s Next 1000, a list of emerging new artists anticipated to breakthrough.
Fat Tony frequently collaborates with Smash Bro recording and performing together often since their introduction to one another in high school. During Fat Tony performances, Smash Bro serves as Fat Tony’s hype man & backing vocalist. Fat Tony and Smash Bro also record under the group moniker The Bummy Teenagers.
SIDE HUSTLE Fat Tony also works as a music journalist, currently freelance writing for his blog, Free Press Houston, and other publications. In the mid 2000’s, he was known for organizing music events in Houston, inviting regional & national bands such as The Ergs!, Joe Jitsu, The Rushmores, The Cocker Spaniels and other underground acts. He intentionally organized events featuring artists and bands of varying genres to bring diversity to the forefront of Houston’s music scene. For the often young audiences, they were getting their first taste of underground and independent music.
Fat Tony’s debut release entitled the Love Life EP was released via Same Struggle Ent. on March 4, 2008. The record has been spread nationwide due to its initial online promotion as a free download. Reviews for the EP have been generally positive. His debut album RABDARGAB is set be released in summer 2010 and features production by Tom Cruz (Shaka Girvan) of Atlanta based rap group Supreeme. The title “RABDARGAB” is a reference to a late 1990’s 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.”
Check Out His Music Here
“In Your Room” ft. Lisa E. [HOSPITAL Remix]
“Like Hell Yeah”