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Apostle of Hustle

Fat Tony attempts to embrace hip-hop's material pleasures while keeping his music pure.

Fans will (finally) be able to hear RABDARGAB in its entirety in...wait for it...

"I want to put the album out around my birthday [March 24]," Tony says. "But I want to put it out a week before SXSW, so I have something to bring."

Whatever potential fans he misses there, he's hoping to catch via the album's namesake. RABDARGAB is an acronym for a former HISD initiative to get ­elementary-school students to read, as in "Read a book. Do a report. Get a buck."

Just when we were wondering where Fat Tony is from...
Dusti Rhodes
Just when we were wondering where Fat Tony is from...

"There's going to be a special few people that are my age especially and from Houston that went to public school, watched cartoons, that know what it is and will probably like me anyway and they'll buy the album," Tony hopes.

Obi admits even educational references can be turned into hip-hop intentions.

"It's goes back to h-u-s-t-l-e, a hustle."

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