Fat Tony

Fat Tony

Cadence Weapon, Hua Li

Sun. October 14

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Fat Tony
Fat Tony
Born: March 24, 1988
Origin: Third Ward, Houston, Texas

Fat Tony's debut album RABDARGAB was released October 19, 2010 and featured production entirely from Tom Cruz formerly of Atlanta-based rap group Supreeme.[9] The album features appearances by Murs, Negashi Armada aka Blunt Fang from Supreeme, Charly East, Bo. P, Kam Franklin, and Tom Cruz.[citation needed] "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."[10] With the release of this album, Fat Tony ran a promotion entitled LISDARGAB (Listen, Do a Review, Get a Buck) where Fat Tony undertook to send anyone who emailed him a review for RABDARGAB a dollar bill in the mail.[11] The album was preceded by a mixtape release entitled RABDARGAB: The EPreview mixed by Fat Tony's DJ iPod Ammo. The mixtape featured collaborations with Das Racist, Juiceboxxx, HOSPITAL, Jade <3, Tecla, Smash Bro, and more.[12]

On March 24, 2011, he released a remix album entitled SCREWDARGAB. It was a "chopped-up, not slopped up" version of RABDARGAB[13] remixed by Swishahouse co-founder DJ OG RON C.[14]

On June 1, 2012, Young One Records released Double Dragon; a collaborative free album with producer Tom Cruz. Double Dragon features Fat Tony and Tom Cruz performing as a duo and is entirely produced by Tom Cruz.[15] The album is a precursor to Fat Tony's second album Smart Ass Black Boy. In November 2012, Fat Tony released the first single from Smart Ass Black Boy entitled "BKNY".[16][17] In March 2013, Vice announced the Smart Ass Black Boy album release date and premiered the second single entitled "Hood Party" featuring Kool A.D. and Despot.[18]

Smart Ass Black Boy, Fat Tony's second solo studio album, was released June 11, 2013 on Young One Records. The album is produced by Tom Cruz and was written in two days and recorded in four days in Los Angeles, California during April 2012.[19] NPR premiered a full length stream of Smart Ass Black Boy on June 3, 2013 and wrote positively of the album's material.[20] The album received positive reviews from XXL,[21] Rolling Stone,[22] Spin,[23] Robert Christgau for MSN,[24] AllMusic,[25] and Houston Press.[26] Pitchfork premiered the "Hood Party" video on the album's release date.[27]

MacGregor Park, Fat Tony's third solo studio album, was released on First One Up on August 25, 2017. Bandcamp Daily named it one of the best hip hop albums of 2017.[28] Robert Christgau reviewed the album positively for Noisey.[29]

In 2018, Fat Tony began hosting and writing for Thrift Haul on Super Deluxe.[30]
Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, his father was Teddy Pemberton, a pioneering hip hop DJ on CJSR-FM, and his grandfather was Rollie Miles, a football player for the Edmonton Eskimos.[2] He began rapping at 13, and following high school he briefly attended journalism school, dropping out soon afterward to concentrate on music.[3] He released the mixtape Cadence Weapon Is the Black Hand in 2005, and his full-length debut Breaking Kayfabe at the end of the year.

Breaking Kayfabe garnered strong reviews in Canadian, American and British media, and Cadence toured extensively to support the disc, including concerts across Canada and three shows in Austin, Texas at the 2006 South by Southwest festival. Chart magazine named Cadence Weapon one of the 15 Canadian artists to watch in 2006. In addition, the composite review site Metacritic listed Breaking Kayfabe as one of the best albums of 2006.[4]

Cadence described his inspiration to pursue a career in music: "It was around me all the time when I was growing up, my dad was a DJ and he would play all sorts of stuff around the house, Hip hop, electro, funk and my mum would play piano. And I suppose I just randomly got into rapping. I remember rapping in math class, I failed maths, but I suppose I did OK in other things."[5] Cadence has said that he is inspired by dance music: "I’m a big Basement Jaxx fan. I like the way their music sounds, really like it’s a party happening. It sounds really organic and super-tech. Switch. Obviously Daft Punk. I’m into very European stuff. I like some of the Ed Banger stuff. Dubsided Records." [6] In addition to his own recordings, Cadence Weapon has also remixed tracks for Lady Sovereign[1] and Ciara, and has written hiphop reviews for Stylus Magazine and Pitchfork Media.

Cadence Weapon was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize,[1] which awards $20,000 for the Canadian album of the year. However, he lost to Final Fantasy's He Poos Clouds. Coincidentally, the Toronto alternative newspaper Eye Weekly's cover photograph the Thursday before the award was presented featured both Cadence Weapon and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett adopting a mock confrontational pose. The accompanying article, in fact, revealed that Cadence and Pallett had become friends and both really admired each other's records. Cadence and Pallett also performed together on the CBC Radio concert series Fuse in April 2007. He has also been a guest performer on music by other artists, including Super Extra Bonus Party's "Radar" and Shout Out Out Out Out's "Coming Home".[citation needed]

On February 21, 2007, Pemberton announced that he signed an American record deal with Epitaph Records sublabel ANTI-, a move that would give him greater exposure in the United States. As a part of his new deal, Breaking Kayfabe was released in the US on March 13, 2007. In the fall of 2007, Big Dada became Cadence Weapon's representative label in Europe. Cadence Weapon's second LP, Afterparty Babies was released by Anti-/Epitaph on March 4, 2008. In 2008 he also played at ZXZW in the Netherlands.[citation needed]

On May 26, 2009 Cadence Weapon was sworn in as Edmonton's Poet Laureate for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2009, and as such served as an ambassador of the literary arts, as well as creating original works.[2][7]

In 2011, he participated in the National Parks Project, collaborating with musicians Laura Barrett and Mark Hamilton and filmmaker Peter Lynch to produce and score a short film about Alberta's Waterton Lakes National Park.[8]

Cadence Weapon released the album Hope in Dirt City on May 29, 2012.[9] The album became his third straight to be nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and second the make the short list.[10] Moreover, the National Post's Jesse Kinos-Goodin and Noah Love described how Drake may be Canada's most commercially successful rapper, but Cadence Weapon is certainly one of the most creative. Hope in Dirt City was short listed as one of their best of albums so far of 2012.[11]

In 2015, Cadence Weapon began a residency on Toronto Independent Radio Station TRP called Allsorts.[12]
Hua Li
Hua Li
Hua Li’s hazy R&B and revolutionary rap cuts to the bone and shakes your frail ass to the ground. Following the underground success of her 2013 mixtape, The Bound Feat, Hua Li released her Za Zhong EP with producer Gloze in 2015. She is also an active DJ, having held residencies at Montreal’s Royal Phoenix Bar, Notre Dames des Quilles and Korova Thursdays. Subversive and sexy, Hua Li is Canada’s only half-Chinese, half-militant, half-rapper.

Learn more about her work in music education and research at peggyhoganmusic.com
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