Observatory Orange County Shows

Fat Tony + F L A C O
Fri October 13, 2017 11:30 pm PDT (Doors: 11:30 pm )
Constellation Room , 3503 South Harbor Boulevard, Santa Ana, CA
All Ages
Fat Tony

Fat Tony stands at the forefront of new generation of young rappers who get it
themselves—a DIY hustler who’s built his burgeoning career on a foundation equal
parts smarts and swagger. The Houston MC owns the mike with a casual confidence,
workmanlike in his delivery whether laidback or lyrical, embodying a new brand of
enlightened Southern that’s as likely to tip back some lean on your front porch as sit
down and school you on Dadaism. Through his simmering solo work and
boundary-busting collaborations with Das Racist and A$AP Rocky, among others, Fat
Tony has already launched a legacy.
As a first-generation Nigerian-American raised in his city’s historic Third Ward, heritage
has always been important to Fat Tony. One of his earliest memories is of a parade of
black cowboys riding down the local main street on MLK Day, blaring the good
doctor’s speeches over zydeco tracks. His childhood home was filled with
records—King Sunny Adé and Jimmy Cliff from his father’s collection, his mother’s jazz
and soul, Granny’s gospel. He watched countless hours of music television as a kid,
got his first drum kit at 8, and pummeled it to pieces shortly after seeing Nirvana on
Fat Tony became a key player in the Houston music scene as a young teen. Inspired
by the independent spirits he looked up to—from the Ramones and the Germs to UGK
and Slum Village—he began throwing
shows at local venues and friends’ houses. He booked bands of all types from all over,
hand-made flyers and mailed them to addresses nabbed from the student directory.
Meanwhile, he toured regionally and
earned a rep as a fierce performer, eventually racking up four consecutive annual “Best
Underground Hip-Hop” awards from the Houston Press while studying
communications at the University of Houston.
A veteran in his 20's, Fat Tony knows the two most important principles of creativity: 1)
no matter where his music takes him or what others may say, he alone is responsible
for the quality of his work, and 2) in the man’s own words, “It’s good to be good.”