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The man, the legend –  Chali 2na, aka The Verbal Herman Munster, has enjoyed a quite illustrious career.  Moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, he established himself as a very serious artist early on.  He joined Ozomatli, an amazing and ethnically diverse group which blended many genres, with Chali being the sole MC.  He also formed the hip hop group Jurassic 5, which achieved widespread success, including videos on MTV and being featured in major motion pictures.  But in addition to being an incredible rap artist, Mr. 2na is also an amazing painter and photographer.  All three of which, lately, has taken...

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The Unpredictable Individual. The Original Dankster. The Keeper Of The Garden. All aliases of the enigma that is Mr. Garth Culti-Vader.  He has been a staple in the Humboldt music scene since the late 90’s, and is a pioneer in the Humboldt Hip Hop community in particular. This is significant to Fatbol in that the company’s founder, B Swizlo, is also a pioneering musician/producer who helped create the first Live Hip Hop group in the area, The Humboldt County Freestyle Kings. Garth became the first sponsored artist, developing the “Fatbol Artist Series” with the “I Love You Mary Jane” design...

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If ya don’t know, now ya do. FATBOL is a proud sponsor and supporter of Abstract Rude and all his endeavors. Abstract Rude is a man who preserves the culture.  As one of the original members of The Good Life open mic group in LA in the early 90’s, he has certainly stayed active. Along with Aceyalone, he founded the workshop Project Blowed, which again supported creative outlets for the youth. He was eventually recruited into the world-renowned Rhymesayers camp, where he currently resides. Ab Rude and Urban Underground will be kicking off the 11th (that’s right, ELEVENTH) Flow And Tell...

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Flying Skulls Interview by BOA Recently I had a chance to catch up with J Tonal and Life 1 of the Flying Skulls.  They were doing a FATBOL Showcase with Abstract Rude and Humpfree Lowgart in their East Bay stomping grounds at Leo’s.  For those of you that don’t know, The Flying Skulls are a Live MPC duo often performing with special guests and always bringing the Vibe. First of all, how did you guys meet and what made you decide to work together?   J.Tonal: Well… we both lived in the Western Addition in San Francisco in the 2000s. Our friends had this series of mansions they...

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Every summer the Fatbol Family gets together with the Emerald Triangle Crew for a celebration of music, art, and dance in Junction City California, Trinity County.  To mark our third year of participation, Fatbol and Onewise Sound created a mix featuring performers at this year’s festival.  Featuring a highly eclectic range of styles and acts including Nico Luminous, Delta Nove, Object Heavy, Woven Roots, Hypha, Psy-Fi, OnHell, Boa, Afrolicious, Sun Hop Fat, Dj Touch, and many more.   We would like to personally thank Serg Mihaylo and the entire Trinity River Jamboree Crew for another amazing year.  Enjoy the mix, and big...

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