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Cornerstone of South Carolina Hip-Hop

FatRat Da Czar is a recording artist and producer, entrepreneur, and hip-hop activist based out of Columbia, South Carolina. As a cornerstone of South Carolina hip-hop, FatRat began his career in the late ‘90s as a member of the Columbia-based rap group, Streetside. By 2012, he was an established solo act, releasing his acclaimed Da Cold War album trilogy under the name FatRat Da Czar. With a total of eight studio albums, FatRat Da Czar is widely recognized as South Carolina’s godfather of hip-hop and has opened for national acts to include Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, and Lauryn Hill.



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March 13, 2019

The last time Fat Rat da Czar’s actual, unsunglassed face appeared on one of his album covers was seven years ago. Staring straight out into the camera on Inglorious Bastard, the stalwart Columbia rapper is tinted purple, looking calm but tough in his signature Raiders cap.

The face that looks out from Exposed is much the same, but the presentation could hardly be more different. Here, Fat lays in bed, wide awake, with a woman sleeping on his chest. The stark, full-color photograph emphasizes the graying hairs in his long dreads.

This is not the stylized mug of Inglorious Bastard or the graffiti portrait of his locally be