Smart Ass Black Boy

Last fall, Texas native Fat Tony dropped the borough anthem "BKNY," in which he visits Bed-Stuy for the first time to hook up with an intern from his label, and never leaves. His proper debut maintains this winking outsider’s perspective, blending Houston’s screwy samples and 808 claps with the quirkier tropes of NYC's current fringe. It's no wonder Kool A.D. and Despot pop up on "Hood Party," a diatribe on race and gentrification disguised as a loopy posse cut about clueless transplants who "went from River Oaks to the Cuney Homes." There are few wasted rhymes, as Tony kicks crisp concepts on family, relationships, and everyday bad luck. Producer Tom Cruz, however, is hit or miss, and some wacky dips into dancehall muddle what’s otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable batch of smart-ass raps.