Anthony Obi has always been a humble and gracious Houstonian. Better known to the public as rapper Fat Tony, this week he drops Smart Ass Black Boy, his first retail album. It's been a long journey from his first LP RABDARGAB, which was inspired by an H.I.S.D. campaign to get children to read.
Photo by Marco Torres Fat Tony (center) onstage at Fitzgerald's, August 2012
The acronym stood for "Read a book, do a report and get a buck," except Tony wanted fans to listen to his album and write a review about it. As his profile has increased, of course Tony often gets that he isn't a "typical" Houston rapper. but those stereotypes mean little to the Third Ward native.
Recently Rocks Off got the chance to have a chat with Tony from New York before Smart Ass Black Boy, which was highlighted on NPR's "First Listen" last week, drops tomorrow: