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FAT TONY
with Cadence Weapon and Hua Li

Songbyrd Presents
Vinyl Lounge, All Ages


DOORS: 7:30 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

FREE
RSVP

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Songbyrd Presents

Vinyl Lounge, All Ages

Free w/ $5 Suggested Donation at the door.

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Fat Tony stands at the forefront of new generation of young rappers who get it themselves—a DIY hustler who’s built his burgeoning career on a foundation equal parts smarts and swagger. The Houston MC owns the mike with a casual confidence, workmanlike in his delivery whether laidback or lyrical, embodying a new brand of enlightened Southern that’s as likely to tip back some lean on your front porch as sit down and school you on Dadaism. Through his simmering solo work and boundary-busting collaborations with Das Racist and A$AP Rocky, among others, Fat Tony has already launched a legacy.

As a first-generation Nigerian-American raised in his city’s historic Third Ward, heritage has always been important to Fat Tony. One of his earliest memories is of a parade of black cowboys riding down the local main street on MLK Day, blaring the good doctor’s speeches over zydeco tracks. His childhood home was filled with records—King Sunny Adé and Jimmy Cliff from his father’s collection, his mother’s jazz and soul, Granny’s gospel. He watched countless hours of music television as a kid, got his first drum kit at 8, and pummeled it to pieces shortly after seeing Nirvana on MTV .

Fat Tony became a key player in the Houston music scene as a young teen. Inspired by the independent spirits he looked up to—from the Ramones and the Germs to UGK and Slum Village—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 toured regionally and
earned a rep as a fierce performer, eventually racking up four consecutive annual “Best Underground Hip-Hop” awards from the Houston Press while studying communications at the University of Houston.

A veteran in his 20's, Fat Tony knows the two most important principles of creativity: 1) no matter where his music takes him or what others may say, he alone is responsible for the quality of his work, and 2) in the man’s own words, “It’s good to be good.”

- Christopher Martins

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Cadence Weapon (a.k.a. Roland “Rollie” Pemberton) has consistently exhibited a passion

for taking rap into new and unexpected directions. The son of a pioneering hip-hop radio

DJ, Pemberton grew up in Edmonton around a diverse library of music. After splitting time

between the city’s experimental electronic and underground rap scenes, Cadence released

Breaking Kayfabe and Hope In Dirt City, both of which were shortlisted for the Polaris Music

Prize. Cadence has toured extensively following the success of these albums, playing

festivals like Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival, Roskilde and Primavera

Sound and performing shows with artists such as Public Enemy, Mos Def, Diplo, ?uestlove,

De La Soul, Japandroids and many more.

Known for his sharp lyricism, Pemberton served as Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009

to 2011, making him the literary ambassador of his hometown. Currently based in Toronto,

Pemberton recently acted as the narrator for the VICELAND TV series PAYDAY and Mister

Tachyon and hosted lectures at 2016’s Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal.

Cadence Weapon is back with a new self-titled album that expands his stylistic range by

incorporating elements of trap, funk, electro, techno and grime. Featuring production by

KAYTRANADA, Jacques Greene, FrancisGotHeat, Blue Hawaii, Harrison and more, this

record finds Cadence refining his songwriting as he explores themes of individuality, race,

technology and existentialism through his expressive lyrics.

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Hua Li was born out of of cosmic forces of Benetton Mob, the united colors squad which oversees bad bitch behaviour inselect Montreal neighbourhoods. Hua Li is also known as Peggy Hogan when she is not fighting crimes against her sisters and you might want to check out her full-length album atpeggyhoganmusic.com