Underground Experience feature 11/24/017

This month we are back sliding through with the G-Boro heavyweight who is out trying to make all the right moves………The Fatboy

the fatboy Underground Experience feature 11/24/017

Mistajay: Since we have talked before for those who don’t know what is the story and conception behind your emcee name? What area are you reppin?

ImTheFatboy: Repping North Side Greensboro, NC to the fullest (Summit & E. Cone), but I also have a special place in my heart for the Raleigh-Durham, NC area. There are a bunch of stories that have developed behind my name. It started as a family nickname, it stuck as a Bruce Wayne embracing his greatest fear kind of thing. I got picked on a lot for my weight growing up and decided to use that as fuel instead of as an excuse. Plus it’s just marketable as hell lmao!

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? Any new influences? And what inspires you?

ImTheFatboy: Lyrically Eminem is the Goat. Idc lol. Weird Al showed me you could be fun and nerdy and be a musical success. B.I.G showed me you could be dark skin, big & tall and make waves. I’ve recently gotten more in touch my “trap” side though and enjoy Future mostly, but I’m a Golden Era guy at heart.

Mistajay: Your style as not just give you rhymes; He gives a dash of the golden era of Hip Hop in your music. From an extended vocabulary to great storytelling, your wordplay is based strictly with Hip Hop roots and branches of punchlines that are guaranteed to entertain. He attracts a wide range of fans and perhaps that is because of his versatile inspirations. Eminem obviously because of his lyrical talents, Master P for his business sense, and even Weird Al Yankovich for his popular yet uniquely nerdy persona. What a makes you describe yourself as that?

ImTheFatboy: It’s true, these are the ppl that helped me craft not only my musical style, but also my image and my business sense. I would also add Chance the Rapper now because he’s taken the whole “selling tapes out the trunk of the car” motif and made it work in a digital world. I strive to make everything I do my own, but I also take notes and learn from others. This bio was actually written by PR agent Tia Hart from the outside looking in, so I guess my image is working lol.

Mistajay: In 012’ the song that stuck out to you is one of the singles from your then upcoming EP. It was called “Xtra” and you described it as really hype, uptempo, tough, party track. What is your best song recorded to date and why?

ImTheFatboy: Now you know that’s a tough question for an artist lol. My favorite song to date is probably “Cry for Attention”. it’s a somber, struggle song I wrote while in line at a homeless shelter years ago and it holds special meaning to me. My most popular song is still “Sumo”. That’s the one everyone remembers and asks about, even now.

Mistajay: What are your thoughts on the local scene from your area how would you describe it and it’s continual growth?

ImTheFatboy: 10 years in Durham NC was a huge learning experience. When I first got there in ‘06 crowds for indie hip hop were sparse and trying to get a reaction from them was like pulling teeth. Now it’s becoming one of NC’s hubs for not just hip hop, but music in general. I love it because there’s so much talent across the board there that deserves to be seen, I’m glad I’ve had the chance to be a part of the rise and see it first hand. I recently moved back to the Greensboro area and would love to see the same things happen again.

Mistajay: One your most popular mixtape release was titled “Ice Cream Sunday” as a free download for your fans and received a little over 2,000 downloads its first year. A self-titled album was your first and successfully sold over 500 physical units on his own. The single “Sumo” has been a fan favorite. It was produced by Vybe Beats, known or producing with artists such as Travis Porter and Waka Flocka. Visually, he gained much exposure being featured on the “Call Me Up Remix” single from the infamous Ashley Marshell, which won a Carolina Music Award for Music Video of the Year in 2013. How did that change your profile nationally & locally?

ImTheFatboy: TBH nationally hasn’t changed much, it’s tough to break into that, though I have started getting more international looks (shout out Myanmar & Canada). Locally it’s afforded me a measure of clout. A lot more people respect my craft and recognize my grind than maybe I even know. It got easier to get booked, or recognized when I go to an event. I even got to perform at my first music festival earlier this year and booked for one in 2018! I’m excited about what’s next!

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

ImTheFatboy: I feel hip hop is on the other side of the crossroads. It’s more artistic than ever before and you can see it across the board. As long as the music is great and top quality there’s a fan base for it. It’s not just a cool kids club anymore, and a lot more open than it use to be. It’s amazing to see so-called “mumble rap” co-exist with conscious, story telling and Grace the same person’s playlist. I think that will bode well because I’m already pretty apt at navigating multiple takes on the genre as a whole. I can do a trappy, show song like “The Biggest Loser” and a story song like “Paper Plates” in the same breath and not get the “side-eye” for it. Leaving ample room to combine the two.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

ImTheFatboy: I wanna thank you guys for the continued support and thank all your readers for taking the time to tune in. I want to wish everyone lots of luck in chasing their dreams and making them reality. I don’t think of myself as a rapper people can relate to, but as an artist that can relate to the folks my music touches. I know it’s hard out there for most people and want to see everyone with good intentions succeed. Keep pushing!

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

ImTheFatboy: Everything is @IMTHEFATBOY Twitter, SoundCloud, reverbnation, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Facebook. You can also email me directly at IMTHEFATBOYTOO@GMAIL.COM

Check out the past interview http://www.empiremusiq.com/blog/?p=973


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