Making your mark in hip hop today is a feat that’s difficult to tackle. With new artists backed by the major label system coming out daily, rising above the chatter can be difficult. However for Houston’s Fat Tony the grind in making your mark in music has been present since his first release over a decade ago. With his most diverse album to date Exotica recently released through Carpark Records, Tony spoke with us on our podcast Self Released Songs about his youth, how he makes music and what’s gone into his most recent releases.
Born and raised in Third Ward across from TSU means a lot to those who know about the eclectic and diverse area. Wedged in an already diverse city, Tony soaked up a lot from his father a Nigerian refugee and his mother a Third Ward native. With an inspiration from Big Moe and a desire to rap from an early age, his diverse love of music helped shape how his career has panned out. While you can’t speak about Houston hip hop without mentioning DJ Screw, Tony’s experience with what the late icon’s music was to him helps explain why his work ethic and drive are so elemental.
That love of music means if you’re lucky you can surround yourself with like minded individuals who feel the same way. Between jaunts to Los Angeles and back to Houston, Tony has created some of the best rap you can get into your ears. Due to the tragic passing of Pimp C, he was able to connect with GLDNEYE for a lifelong collaboration. Since then he’s not only gone on to drop some of the most wild live sets in hip hop, but he’s released a very different run of releases. His most recent albums run across vibes of just hanging out to personal stories all the way into Exotica. With a narrative based on fictional characters, Tony finds himself ready to embark on new adventures while placing a bookmark on what’s in the past while opening a door to the future.
Fat Tony’s entire catalog is available to purchase on Bandcamp. His music can be streamed on all streaming sites and his latest Exotica can be purchased directly from Carpark Records. This episode of Self Released Songs is available to listen to on this website or on all podcast streaming platforms.
Image Credits: Photo by Aileen Son.