Fat Tony Live-Tweeted What It’s Like To Drive Across America As A Black Man

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Houston rap savant Fat Tony — a person who is more savant than he is actually fat — had an evening he won’t soon forget. Just after 1 AM on Tuesday, Tony and the Orange County, California-based duo The Garden were traveling together through Ohio on their way to Michigan after a gig at the Double Happiness in Columbus.

At some point during the drive, police pulled the group over. With intimate knowledge of what can happen to black men in America when they encounter law enforcement late at night, in an unfamiliar city, Tony decided to record the events and share the entire ordeal on Twitter:

Traveling musician though he may be, Tony apparently isn’t one to put himself at risk with drugs, alcohol or any other illegal contraband and so he was let go. The rapper decided to add a soundtrack to his situation, playing “It’s All Bad” by E-40, which fittingly opens with the line, “Why was I born in these trifling ass times?”

Not even a full 24 hours later, Tony took to Twitter once more, to chronicle the fact that the group had been pulled over yet again:

Unlike the previous stop in Ohio, Tony and The Garden had their vehicle searched up and down by Michigan State Troopers. After the search turned up nothing, Tony jumped back on Twitter for a few jokes.

Naturally, Tony retweeted the best fan response possible to his 24 hour experience with law enforcement.

Hopefully Tony and The Gardens’s show tonight in Toronto won’t involve any further late-night interactions with the police. Meantime, if you’re unfamiliar with Tony and his work, check out the “Confessions” video we premiered back in December right here.