Fat Tony, Cadence Weapon

Fat Tony

Cadence Weapon

Hua-Li, Cole Hicks

Fri, October 26, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

Fat Tony
Fat Tony
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


Hailing from Houston’s Third Ward, Fat Tony (born Anthony Lawson Jude Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu) is a Nigerian-American rapper who has played an integral role in shaping the Houston rap scene. Heavily influenced by renowned local rappers like Lil’ Flip, Fat Tony began making music and playing live shows in 2004, a time when there wasn’t much of a scene for young artists in Houston. In 2010, Fat Tony released his innovative debut full-length project RABDARGAB, produced by Tom Cruz. The album paved the way for a new Houston sound, bringing to the forefront the unique perspective of a Nigerian-American Houston-native, along with sonically dense and dynamic production. Fat Tony’s second studio album Smart Ass Black Boy, released in 2013 on Young One Records, was well-received by critics for its warm, laid-back vibe. With stand-out tracks like “BKNY,” “Hood Party,” and the album’s eponymous track, the project was listed by Houston Press as one of the “11 Best Houston Releases of 2013.” The rapper 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.
Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon
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.
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.
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220