Chingo Bling, Fat Tony

Chingo Bling, "The Versace Mariachi" or "El Real Tex Mex," is one of Houston's most prominent representatives of the Southern Latino hip-hop community. He's about as down-South Tex-Mex as taco trucks and cowboy hats, and seamlessly stitches the two into his rap repartee. Chingo, who is never seen without his signature black cowboy hat and boots, has turned 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" into the post-club destination "Taco Shop,"and done an immigration-reform remix of Chamillionaire's "Ridin Dirty." He's been pushing his "They Can't Deport Us All" campaign since his 2007 album of the same title. They Can't Deport Us All caused some controversy with the mainstream media, but Chingo has maintained his status through his characteristically comical and witty lyricism. Opening is Fat Tony, who recently released his album, RABDARGAB and its slowed-down supplement SCREWDARGAB, for which Tony enlisted Houston icon OG Ron C to "chop, not slop" the album. If you haven't caught a Fat Tony show by now — and as often as he performs, you're about out of excuses — this would be the one to see. "Por favor, believe it."
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Allison Wagoner