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Anthony Obi (born March 24, 1988) is a Nigerian-American rapper from Houston, Texas known as Fat Tony.
Fat Tony's debut album RABDARGAB was released October 19, 2010 and featured production entirely from Tom Cruz (Shaka Girvan) of Atlanta based rap group Supreeme. The album features appearances by Murs, Negashi Armada aka Blunt Fang from Supreeme, Charly East, Bo. P, Kam Franklin, and Tom Cruz.
RABDARGAB is a reference to a late 1990s Houston Independent School District campaign aimed at elementary school students to promote literacy by offering $1 to students in exchange for book reports. The acronym stands for "Read a Book - Do A Report - Get a Buck." With the release of this album Fat Tony ran a promotion entitled LISDARGAB (Listen, Do a Review, Get a Buck) where Fat Tony would send anyone who emailed him a review for RABDARGAB a dollar bill in the mail.
On March 24, 2011 he released a remix album entitled SCREWDARGAB. It was a "chopped-up, not slopped up" version of his debut album RABDARGAB remixed by legendary Houston based DJ OG RON C.
The album RABDARGAB was preceded by a mixtape release entitled RABDARGAB: The EPreview mixed by Fat Tony's DJ iPod Ammo. The mix tape featured collaborations with Das Racist, Juiceboxxx, HOSPITAL, Jade <3, Tecla, Smash Bro, and more.
Fat Tony won the 2010, 2009 and 2008 Houston Press Music Awards' Best Underground Hip Hop award, and has been recognized in URB's Next 1000, a list of emerging new artists anticipated to breakthrough. He won the Houston Press "Best Underground Rapper" award three times, as of 2011.
Fat Tony, whom was raised in the Third Ward area of Houston, attended Carnegie Vanguard High School (Class of 2006) and the University of St. Thomas. He also studied as a communications major at the University of Houston.
In 2008 Fat Tony participated in a charity concert to raise money for prevention and treatment of HIV.