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Above the Law: Fat Tony

It's not often that the Clocktower sees rap artists (even the underground type.) But on July 26th, 2011—as part of the Above the Law series—Anthony Obi aka Fat Tony performed to an engaged perhaps slightly bewildered crowd. The conglomerate performance of personal narrative, record releases, and snippets of the artist's own inspirations, revealed a style of rap performance that highlighted the genre as a truly poetic art form. Don't let his forward language on sex and drugs deceive you, Fat Tony is a perspicacious and playful lyricist, who obviously takes time with his work. His words quill together, forming pun after pun with an incisive hold on poetic devices. He's lots of fun and definitely different from the Clocktower's norm, but I guess that's what we're all about.

Fat Tony won the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Houston Press Music Awards' Best Underground Hip Hop award. He is well recognized in the underground hip-hop scene and has been included in URB's Next 1000.

Check out's event page for Fat Tony here.


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section.