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Fat Tony

Fat Tony

F L A C O

Sun · September 24, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

Fat Tony
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
MTV.

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.”

- Christopher Martins
F L A C O
F L A C O
“IF FLACO IS THE WEIRDEST EMCEE WORKING IN INDIANA RIGHT NOW, THEN HE'S ALSO THE MOST PROLIFIC.” — ADAM LUKACH, NUVO NEWS: INDIANA’S ALTERNATIVE VOICE.”

IT’S DIFFICULT TO DEFINE F L A C O’S STYLE. HE CRAFTS ADDICTIVE HOOKS, SPITS HEAVY BARS AND SWITCHES FLOWS ON A DIME. HE’S CONSTANTLY EXPERIMENTING — WITH PRODUCTION, VISUALS, SUBJECT MATTER AND DELIVERY. BRINGING A DIY PERSPECTIVE TO HIS MUSIC, F L A C O HAS CREATED A UNIQUE AND UNPREDICTABLE, YET ACCESSIBLE AND LYRICALLY-INCLINED SOUND — A RARITY IN HIP HOP TODAY. WORKING WITH MULTIMEDIA TYLER HOYT, F L A C O’S VISUALS ENHANCE HIS SOUND AND CAPTIVATE VIEWERS, DRAWING THEM INTO HIS WORLD.

SINCE BEGINNING TO RECORD IN 2009, F L A C O HAS RELEASED 20 PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE RECENT GUNSFORGIRLS, WHICH WAS HIGHLY PRAISED BY CRITICS AND TASTEMAKERS SUCH AS PIGEONS & PLANES AND NOJUMPER. HE CREDITS HIS DIVERSE MUSICAL PALETTE TO HIS FAMILY’S ECLECTIC TASTES. IN HIS HOUSE, LYRICISM TOOK PRECEDENCE OVER GENRE, AND F L A C O CITES A NUMBER OF TALENTED WRITERS AS INFLUENCES, INCLUDING LUPE FIASCO AND JULIAN CASABLANCAS.

TO END OFF 2016, F L A C O IS SET TO RELEASE HIS STRONGEST AND MOST COMPLETE PROJECT TO DATE — SLEEPINGINJEANS. STAYING TRUE TO HIS APPROACH, EACH SONG IS UNIQUE, AS F L A C O JUMPS FROM BANGERS LIKE “CRANK THAT LION KING.” ABOUT FLEXING LIKE WRESTLING STAR PERRY SATURN TO SOFTER BALLADS ABOUT HIS STRUGGLE LIKE “DANDELIONS.”

THE PAST SEVEN YEARS HAVEN’T BEEN EASY FOR THE RAPPER. FOCUSING HIS ENERGY ON RAPPING, HE GOT KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL AND SPENT TIME SLEEPING ON PEOPLE’S FLOORS. AS HE TOLD PIGEONS & PLANES, “THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF FAILING TO GET TO THIS POINT, AND I’M NOT EVEN SHIT, THAT’S THE THING.” BUT SLEEPINGINJEANS IS A STATEMENT, SHOWING WHY F L A C O IS SET TO BREAK OUT OF INDIANAPOLIS’S SEEMINGLY NON-EXISTANT RAP SCENE AND ONTO SOMETHING BIGGER. THIS THEME REACHES A CRUX AT THE END OF “BLESS YOU,” AS HE SCREAMS “NOBODY WANTS IT MORE THAN ME!” THEN REPEATS THE LINE, IN A SOFTER, ALMOST BROKEN VOICE. YOU CAN FEEL F L A C O’S AMBITION, HIS DRIVE, HIS DESPERATION.

IN SOME WAYS, SLEEPINGINJEANS IS A CULMINATION OF F L A C O’S STRONGEST EXPERIMENTS FROM HIS PAST SEVEN YEARS. “ EACH SONG IS INTENTIONALLY CRAFTED WITH SHARP, INTROSPECTIVE VERSES AND HOOKS MADE TO SCREAM ALONGSIDE HUNDREDS OF OTHER FANS. THIS PROJECT IS SURE TO WIN F L A C O THE NOTORIETY DEMANDED BY THE QUALITY AND DEPTH OF HIS SONGS.


“FLACO IS READY TO LEVEL UP” — JOHN WALASZEK, PIGEONS AND PLANES
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://thehighwatt.com/