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.
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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), and 10,000 Hours (2018). 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.
Materials were donated by Anthony "Fat Tony" Obi on December 18, 2017.