Fat Tony returns to announce a new album. Wake Up, made in collaboration with experimental producer taydex, is due February 7th of next year via Carpark Records and is an anthemic return to form after 2018’s 10,000 Hours. Inspired by quietly groundbreaking rap records like De La Soul’s Buhloone Mindstate and Ghostface Killah’s Supreme Clientele, Wake Up shows Fat Tony widening the scope of his storytelling while maintaining his light-hearted and self-reflective demeanor.
Fat Tony (born Anthony Lawson Jude Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu) initially collaborated with taydex on the tracks “Swervin” and “Ride Home” from his sound-expanding LP MacGregor Park. “I had such a good time working with him that I decided to invite him to co-produce a song called ‘Poet’ from my last album.” Fat Tony explains. “After that, I just decided, let’s make an EP together.”
The pair began recording a five-track EP in December 2018 at taydex’s studio, which would lay the groundwork for Wake Up. Fat Tony and taydex put the project on pause for about three months while Fat Tony was living in New York and co-hosting Viceland’s late-night variety show, VICE LIVE.
After the show ended in April 2019, Fat Tony flew back to LA and spent a month and a half with taydex recording new tracks and elaborating on what they had already started. “I thought it would be more interesting to make it an album than an EP, and that the time we spent apart before making the second batch of songs would make it a more interesting and diverse body of work.” By the end of the second session, Fat Tony and taydex had created a complex collage of sounds, stories, and references that flexes the MC’s growth as a writer the producer’s masterful assembly.