From Biggie Smalls to Large Professor, hip-hop has a long tradition of artists with plus-sized monikers (and personalities).
With the release of his most recent album, Smart Ass Black Boy (Young One), rising Texas emcee Fat Tony is getting set to join the list of great rappers with XXL aliases.
On the record's first single, Hood Party (which also features Das Racist's Kool A.D. and Despot), he tackles the thorny topic of gentrification in North American cities with a healthy dose of braggadocio and side-splitting punchlines. (He's from Houston's historic Third Ward, aka "the Trey" in rap terminology, though he recorded the album on the West Coast with producer Tom Cruz.)
What's up with that title, though? Like his rhymes, it's layered with multiple meanings.
"It represents what it takes to be a young black male in this day and age, in my opinion," says the rapper.
"You have to be intelligent and keen on your surroundings - ‘smart' or ‘smart-ass,' as in very intelligent.
"You also have to know when people are demeaning you and cleverly assert yourself in subtle ways - being a ‘smart ass' as in a ‘smart aleck,' but not overly obnoxiously.
"Lastly, I used to the term ‘boy' because traditionally that was a disrespectful way to address a black man of any age in America."
We couldn't have said it better. No, really, we're not that smart.