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Anthony "Fat Tony" Obi Papers

Identifier: 2017-045

This collection contains material related to the rapper Fat Tony, including early CDs, flyers, press clippings, press badges, a T-shirt, and photographs. The Collection is divided into four series: Promotional Material, Photographs, Publications, and Memorabilia.


  • 2004-2016

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Open for Research.

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1.5 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

Fat Tony, whose given name is Anthony Obi, is a native Houstonian and underground hip-hop artist. Growing up Nigerian-American in the Third Ward neighborhood of Houston, Tony was inspired by the eclectic music choices of his family. In the mid-2000s, Tony began performing as part of the local rap group the Low Ends, before going solo. His creative practice is to compose lyrics in his head in order to avoid losing meaning through over-editing. Fat Tony’s studio albums include RABDARGAB (2010), Double Dragon (2012) (with Tom Cruz), Smart Ass Black Boy (2013), MacGregor Park (2017), 10,000 Hours (2018), and Exotica (2020). He has also appeared on the songs “Luv It Mayne” by Das Racist and “Get Lit” by ASAP Rocky.

Fat Tony is a graduate of the University of Houston, and has lived in New York and Los Angeles. In 2016, he began traveling to Mexico and organizing “Function”, a hip-hop and culture exchange event where American and Mexican music artists come together to make music.

Custodial History

Materials were donated by Anthony "Fat Tony" Obi on December 18, 2017.

Guide to the Anthony "Fat Tony" Obi Papers
Diana Iraheta and Joseph Lueck
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA