Texas, we have problem. For far too long, hip-hop has overlooked Dallas, dismissing the southern city as nothing more than the home of an infamous football team and wealthy oil tycoons. But native son Tony “Tum Tum” Richardson has a solution. An overnight celebrity on the D-Town mixtape scene part of the 7 man group The Dirty South Rydaz (DSR) and CEO of his franchise label TBGZ-, Tum Tum used his first SOLO major label debut disc Eat or Get Ate (T-Town Music/Universal Republic Records) to shut down all the misguided myths about his hometown and put his city on the hip-hop map.

Tum Tum, who was given his nickname by his grandmother because of his always protruding belly, grew up in the slums. For a while, he gave in to the lure of the streets, but in 2001, he retired from the life to pursue music. “I saw a lot of people get locked up and I didn’t want to go that route,” Tum says. “I had to do something different with my life.” (Hence the Album “Eat or Get Ate” )

A rap career had been in the back of Tum’s mind since high school when he used to sneak out of class to hit up a popular record shop. He didn’t take his potential career seriously until he witnessed Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life tour. Tum quickly recorded a demo and took it to the record store ( T-Town Music) to play for owner George Lopez, who along with partner and cousin Trinidad Delgado recently created the record label T-Town Music.

Since signing with T-Town just 4 years ago, Tum has recorded over 44 mixtapes with DSR and 4 mixtapes with is franchise group TBGZ and has appeared on or hosted more than 190 mix-tapes and collaborated with fellow Texan super stars Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire and many others . Now he’s officially stepped into the big leagues with Eat or Get Ate’s driver’s anthem “Caprice Muzik.” And his second single currently on MTV JAMS “Square Bizzness” Describing the Dallas style terminology for OK.

Though his first single may be all about flossing, Eat or Get Ate, which features appearances by Jim Jones Trae “ Tha Truth” TBGZ and DSR and production by , Just Beatz, Yonni ,Milk @ The Missing Element, and Super Producers Play N Skillz , Scott Storch and Mannie Fresh , is made for those with a much heartier hip-hop appetite.

With an incomparable flow underscored by hyper Texas-sized beats and enough heart to fuel a Cowboys’ championship win, Tum Tum didn’t just put Dallas on the hip-hop map, but solidified its place in the rap game as well to help others.



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