Fat Tone

Fat Tone

Biography

Anthony "Fat Tone" Watkins (April 29, 1981 – May 23, 2005) was a gangsta rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. His lyrics were largely based on his neighborhood known by those around him as "Five One", better known as 51st, a particularly rough area in midtown KC. Over the years Fat Tone was affiliated with various well-known California rappers, including guest appearances and other collaborations.

Fat Tone was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up on the 51st Street neighborhood in Kansas City's Middle Core. During the beginning of his career, he started off rapping with a group of people from his neighborhood and formed a group called "The OG's". With the OG's, Tone, completed a few projects but later decided to go solo. Upon going solo, Fat Tone met California rapper Killa Tay who presented his first solo album under his new moniker The Vett entitled "Only In Killa City". His first big single from this album was "It's Real" which featured Fat Tone's then friend named J-Rock who also passed some years back. Fat Tone's popularity began to soar with this album throughout the city of Kansas City. He quickly became a big hit in the town by performing at parties and doing other shows and appearances throughout the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay area. With his rising popularity also came controversy.

In 2001, shortly after his trip to California, Fat Tone was arrested and charged with double homicide in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. He spent nine months in jail before the charges were dismissed. Jackson County prosecutors complained that the witnesses refused to cooperate. Subsequently, Fat Tone recorded his second solo album also presented by Killa Tay titled "The Stick Up Kid". On this album, Fat Tone rapped on the charges that he had faced and was acquitted of and made remarks critical of the Kansas City Police Department.

On October 17, 2003, Fat Tone and a group of rappers were riding home from an interview with KKFI 90.1 radio station when a black Ford F150 Pick-Up Truck pulled up aside of them and opened fire. It resulted in a rolling drive by, Charles Littlejohn who was driving, tried desperately to elude the shooting and when they successfully escaped, Fat Tone ended up being the only man in their car wounded. He was shot in the chest. His next album, "I'mma Get Cha" then was released to the streets. Unlike his other two releases, this one wasn't presented by Killa Tay, but instead it was presented by C-Bo, a rapper who he had been in affiliation with since his first release and who had been with him during the time when he was shot.

Following the release of his mixtape "Sky's The Limit", a prominent bay area rapper, Mac Dre, was murdered on Highway 71 in Kansas City. Due to the coincidental lyrics, "I flip niggas cars off the highway bridge, and the same fuckin night I call and tell they kids", suspicion was raised that Fat Tone had killed Mac Dre. The police then named Fat Tone as a person of interest in the case, though he was never formally named a suspect. Fat Tone then released his fourth mixtape titled "My Hood Betrayed Me". On this mixtape, Fat Tone plead his innocence in the murdering of Mac Dre.

On May 22, 2005, Fat Tone and his friend Jermaine "Cowboy" Akins were shot multiple times in Las Vegas. Prosecutors painted the murders of Akins and Watkins as retaliation for the November 2004 killing of Mac Dre. They claimed that San Francisco rapper Mac Minister (born Andre Dow), lured Fat Tone and Akins to their deaths with the promise of meeting Snoop to discuss a potential concert-promotion gig. The bodies of the victims were later found riddled with AK-47 bullets at a construction site outside of Las Vegas. MGM Grand security cameras documented Mac Minister leaving the hotel with two men just hours before the slaying. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on July 31, 2008.

Discography

Fat Tone Aka The Vett - Only In Killa City

Killa Tay Presents Fat Tone Aka The Vett - Only In Killa City

Not On Label 2002
Killa Tay Presents Fat Tone - Tha Stick-Up Kid

Killa Tay Presents Fat Tone - Tha Stick-Up Kid

Not On Label 2003
Fat Tone "The Untouchable" - I'mma Get'cha

Fat Tone "The Untouchable" - I'mma Get'cha

Not On Label 2004
Fat Tone - I Am The Streets

Fat Tone - I Am The Streets

Not On Label 2004
Fat Tone - Sky's The Limit: Mixtape Vol. 3

Fat Tone - Sky's The Limit: Mixtape Vol. 3

Not On Label 2004
Fat Tone - My Hood Betrayed Me

Fat Tone - My Hood Betrayed Me

Not On Label 2005
Fat Tone - It's Nothin

Fat Tone - It's Nothin

One Love Productions 2006
Fat Tone - Da Saga Continues

Fat Tone - Da Saga Continues

Not On Label 2008
Fat Tone - Still I Rise

Fat Tone - Still I Rise

Timebomb Ent. 2014

Guest Appearances

Mr. Stinky - The Reinforcement
  • Its A Lot Of Wanna Be Vets

Mr. Stinky - The Reinforcement

Dedicated Records, Vigalanty International 2000
Mr. Stinky Presents The Vigalanty Squad - Our Time
  • Armed Criminal Action

Mr. Stinky Presents The Vigalanty Squad - Our Time

Dedicated Records 2002
C-Bo - West Coast Mafia
  • Keep Shit Locced

C-Bo - West Coast Mafia

West Coast Mafia Records 2002
T-Nutty - Flowmaster Mouth: West Walkin’
  • Controversy

T-Nutty - Flowmaster Mouth: West Walkin’

Black Armor Records 2004
Bullys Wit Fullys 2 - Gangsta Without The Rap
  • Roll Deep

Bullys Wit Fullys 2 - Gangsta Without The Rap

Git Paid Entertainment 2004
The Popper - Tha "I Do" (Remix)
  • I Do (Remix)

The Popper - Tha "I Do" (Remix)

Flip Ya Wig, KC Landmarks 2005
Hustlamade Bugz - Back 2 Back Slap
  • G-Shit

Hustlamade Bugz - Back 2 Back Slap

Hustle Or Die Records, Fam-Le Tree Ent. 2006
Romeo Ryonell - Romy Viagra
  • There Yall Go Again

Romeo Ryonell - Romy Viagra

BarberShop Records 2007
Messy Marv & T-Nutty - Tha 2nd & 3rd Letter
  • Crip Sh*t

Messy Marv & T-Nutty - Tha 2nd & 3rd Letter

Black Armor Records 2009
Mr. Stinky - Armed Criminal Action, Part 2
  • Armed Criminal Action

Mr. Stinky - Armed Criminal Action, Part 2

VigalantyInternational 2009
Fatboy Chubb - Fuck The World, I'm Larger Than Life
  • G-Shit

Fatboy Chubb - Fuck The World, I'm Larger Than Life

Mob Connected Records 2010
Key Loom - When Animals Attacc Vol. 1
  • Crip Shit

Key Loom - When Animals Attacc Vol. 1

Black Armor Records 2011
Big Huss - Network City
  • Tone & Huss

Big Huss - Network City

F.T. Ent, Landmark That Ent 2012
Grittown Boyz - Grittown Boyz
  • Down

Grittown Boyz - Grittown Boyz

F.T. Ent, Landmark That 2012
Pappy Mason - Loyalty Iz Royalty
  • Gutta

Pappy Mason - Loyalty Iz Royalty

Hustlemade Entertainment 2013
Mr. Stinky - Coming At You Live Like A Bullet
  • KC To California (Live)

Mr. Stinky - Coming At You Live Like A Bullet

Vigalanty International 2013
Mac Rell - Killa Cali 2 Killa City
  • Killa City

Mac Rell - Killa Cali 2 Killa City

Not On Label 2016
Blakc Chedda - Recidivism Risk Vs Reward
  • Connected

Blakc Chedda - Recidivism Risk Vs Reward

S.A.M.E., R.N.O., B.H.T.F. 2017

Compilations

0 To 60 Records Presents Midwest Mobbin
  • Certified Game

Various - 0 To 60 Records Presents Midwest Mobbin

0 To 60 Records 1999
5 Shots Of Cognac
  • Bad Guy

Various - 5 Shots Of Cognac

Frisco Street Show 2004
Luni Coleone & I-Rocc - How The West Was Won Vol. 2
  • Bad Guy

Luni Coleone & I-Rocc - How The West Was Won Vol. 2

Money Hungry, Paid In Full Entertainment 2005
T-Nutty & Big Roc - State 2 State: The Soundtrack
  • Controversy

T-Nutty & Big Roc - State 2 State: The Soundtrack

Black Armor Records 2006
Boy Big Presents The Hook
  • Dead In The Center

Boy Big Presents The Hook

Major Factor Records, Only Way Out Music 2006
Bullys Wit Fullys - The Movement
  • Roll Deep

Bullys Wit Fullys - The Movement (The Best Of)

Black Armor Records 2008
San Quinn - Best Of Frisco Street Show
  • Money Mission

San Quinn - Best Of Frisco Street Show

Frisco Street Show, Sumo Records 2011
I-Rocc & Luni Coleone - How The West Was Won, Vol. 2 Compilation
  • Bad Guy (Remix)

I-Rocc & Luni Coleone - How The West Was Won, Vol. 2 Compilation

Money Hungry Ent 2014
Cyco City - From Wall Street To The Concrete
  • How U Gon' Hide

Cyco City - From Wall Street To The Concrete

Da HunidClub Ent 2015