Zee Will

Resident & Just Be Dope Present

Zee Will

NiceGuyxVinny (Soulection), Fat Tony DJ Set

Thu · May 25, 2017

8:00 pm

$5.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Zee Will
Zee Will
Hailing from Fresno, CA, Zee Will is a 25-year-old rapper that is bridging the gap between poetic delivery and raw performance to create the total package. Growing up closely with his eight other siblings, Zee was inspired to make music in his early twenties, when he found that his greatest strength was his penchant for writing poetry and transferring his prose to a beat. This lyrical edge gave him the drive to create his truthful and brutally vivid music, which was the basis of his older projects like Strategy Guide, Ill Child and well-received self-titled project Zee Will which dropped this past August. His drive and determination helped him win multiple talent shows to earn the right to open for Kendrick Lamar in 2012, and eventually spread his message throughout the woefully underrepresented Fresno area and in cities such as Austin, TX, New York, and Tokyo, Japan. Zee has also opened for artists like Rakim, Dizzy Wright, and Fresno’s own Fashawn. “Fresno is a market waiting to explode,” Zee said adding that “I wouldn’t be where I’m at as an artist today if it wasn’t for the city.” His global reach is only rising, and it’s only a matter of time before this so called “diamond in the rough” is finally shining for the world to see.
NiceGuyxVinny (Soulection)
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Fat Tony DJ Set
Fat Tony DJ Set
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 three consecutive annual "Best Underground Hip-Hop" awards from the Houston Press while studying communications at the University of Houston.

In 2010, Fat Tony self-released his debut album, RABDARGAB, a sharply stylish set named after a local literacy campaign from his youth: "Read a book, do a report, get a buck." In keeping with the theme, he offered to send a dollar bill to anyone who listened to the record and wrote it up. (He wound up sending out $27.) Shortly thereafter, Das Racist reprised and rapped over the Murs-featuring "Luv it Mayne" for their Sit Down, Man mixtape, and legendary screw DJ OG RON C offered his "chopped up, not slopped up" version of the record, SCREWDARGAB, in 2011.

A veteran at 24, Fat Tony comes to Young One Records knowing 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." With that in mind, he has two full-lengths poised for 2012. First up is Double Dragon, a Cuban Linx-style rapper-producer pairing that finds Fat Tony's go-to beatmaker Tom Cruz sharing mike duties. Second will be Smart Ass Black Boy, which will no doubt be aptly named. -Christopher Martins
Venue Information:
Resident
428 S Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90013
http://www.residentdtla.com/