Heavily influenced by renowned Texas rappers like Devin The Dude
, 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
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 flyers 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