Fat Tony, Smart Ass Black Boy

Jayson Greene

By Jayson Greene

on 07.17.13 in Reviews

Smart Ass Black Boy

Fat Tony

Fat Tony is the kind of guy fated to slip between the cracks. He’s from Houston, but sounds like no Texas rappers; occasionally political, but not much of a firebrand; muted and thoughtful, but no one’s idea, really, of a “conscious rapper.” He has a casual, conversational voice, and his raps tumble out like early Common, before he got too serious. There are dumb puns, a few trenchant insights and, above all, an appealing confidence. The entire project was produced by Tom Cruz, a producer with a rubbery, cut-and-paste style, and Smart Ass Black Boy slips by agreeably like a late night dorm room bull session.