Festival Date/Time/Location: Sunday, April 14 / 7PM / Harvest House
Hailing from Houston’s Third Ward, Fat Tony (born Anthony Lawson Jude Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu) is a Nigerian-American artist who has played an integral role in shaping the Houston rap scene. Pitchfork has described him as “a reliably funny, incisive, trend-dodging alt-rapper.”
Heavily influenced by renowned Texas rappers like Devin The Dude and UGK, Fat Tony began making music and playing live shows at a time when there wasn’t much of a scene for young artists in Houston. Inspired by the independent spirits he looked up to-from Prince and E-40 to Bikini Kill and the Bad Brains-he began throwing shows at local venues and friends’ houses. He booked bands of all types from all over, hand-made fliers and mailed them to addresses nabbed from the student directory. Meanwhile, he has toured internationally and earned a rep as a fierce performer.
Fat Tony won awards in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013 for Best Underground Hip Hop at the Houston Press Music Awards, and has worked on groundbreaking collaborations with the likes of Das Racist and A$AP Rocky.