816 gangsta rap legend...
Anthony "Fat Tone" Watkins (April 29, 1981 – May 23, 2005) was a gangsta rapper from the 51st street neighborhood of Kansas City, MO aka Killa City. He was also an alleged member of the 51st. Street Crips, an infamous local street gang.
Anthony Watkins broke into the rap scene in the late 90's, appearing in 1998 on the first 2 tracks of Mr. Stinky's debut album "Armed Criminal Action" and on several other KCMO releases. He soon caught the attention of several Northern California heavyweights such as C-Bo & Killa Tay, who became Tone mentor. In the early 2000's, Fat Tone was considered as one of the hardest to come out of KC...
Fat Tone released several albums & mixtapes when he was alive. A few posthumous releases also came out later. Almost all of them achieved a cult status among Midwest rap heads. He collaborated with many artist from KC (Tech N9ne, Rich The factor, Boy Big, Rappin Twan, Mr. Stinky & Vigalanty squad, The Popper, Hustlamade Bugz, Romeo Ryonell,...), from the Bay Area/Northern Cali (C-Bo, Killa Tay, E-40, Messy Marv, Mac Dre, Marvaless, Luni Coleone, Yukmouth, Guce, T-Nutty...) and even with G-Funk icon Nate Dogg.
On November 1, 2004, Bay Area legend Mac Dre was shot dead after a show in Kansas City. It was soon rumored that Fat Tone could be responsible for the shooting, even though his name was never cited during the investigation. On May 23, 2005, Andre "Mac Minister" Dow, a gangsta rapper from San Francisco, allegedly trapped Fat Tone & his friend Jermaine "Cowboy" Atkins in Las Vegas & shot them to death in retaliation for Mac Dre's murder. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
200 - 2011
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