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FatRat Da Czar




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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.


Kevin Staggers

SCDJJ/Student Services Program Coordinator II

Fat is an amazing instructor. He recently worked with our students in collaboration with SC Vocational Rehabilitation on a pilot project (Beats to the Rhyme). Student engaged in career exploration activities and produced a 3-song EP. Students gravitated to him. Would love to have him back.

(April 14, 2022)

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