One-third of The Cutthroat Boyz hails from Snoop Dogg‘s hometown of Long Beach and fittingly knows how to craft the art of “gangsta” rap music. Joey Fatts, is an up-and-coming Californian rapper, whose music is seemingly a mixture of the 50 Cent is the Future-version of 50 Cent and a post-N.W.A. Ice Cube. Fatts’ lyrics keep the West Coast rap theme of gritty street lyrics and realism alive, which is something that the national population has come to cherish ever since Ice-T took America by storm with his truthful accounts of illegal street activity. Judging from the artistic direction of his recent video with fellow Cutthroat member Vince Staples titled “Lindo”, Fatts withholds the insightful knowledge that many musical upstarts lack: to truly “make it” in today’s music industry you have to be a well-rounded artist that has an ability to craft videos, have a unique personality, and have aesthetic substance. A$AP Yams, the business-savvy rap-enthusiast, best known for his management of the A$AP Mob (A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg) is Fatts’ manager and has Fatts on the fast track to success by connecting him with fellow burgeoning artists (Bodega BAMZ and Da$h & Retch) . If you read production credits, then you would’ve came across Fatts’ name on A$AP Rocky’s debut LongLiveA$AP on the track, “Jodye”.
The most intriguing fact about Fatts is that he only started actively rapping last year and has already caught the eye of many underground rap fans, while steadily gaining mainstream traction as he was featured on websites like Complex and The Fader. His debut mixtape, Chipper Jones Vol. 1, is a seven-song compilation that introduces Fatts’ silky-smooth flow about street activity and grimy life situations over various trunk-rattling, bass-heavy beats. My personal favorite tracks on the tape, “Cutthroat” and “Bricks” continue this theme of grittiness but the tunes are easily tracks you are able vibe to daily. His follow-up, Chipper Jones Vol. 2 is due out later this month and set to have features from A$AP Rocky, 100’s, A$ton Matthews, and production from Wiz Khalifa‘s go-to producer Cardo. Be sure to look for Joey in 2013!