Hey, You’re Cool! Comedian and Rapper Fatboy SSE
“Comedy was just natural to me... It's straight improv”
Tyriq Thomas Kimbrough, better known as Fatboy SSE, has become an online star thanks to his outlandish comedic skits and bubbling music career. The Irvington, New Jersey, entertainer’s Instagram account boasts 3.2 million followers thanks to his outlandish antics, like challenging a moving city bus to a game of basketball, or filming his own rendition of Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up” video or turning up at the Breakfast Club studio when he realizes they don’t actually serve breakfast.
“I get my inspiration from the love of the people, the love of the world,” he says. “It’s just love out here and making the people smile.”
His music has been gaining traction too, as he’s churned out tracks like “Mama House” and “Drake.” Now, Fatboy is setting his sights further afield. For him, his success has only just begun with TV and movie opportunities, and cosigns from rappers like 50 Cent and French Montana. MASS APPEAL caught up with Fatboy to discuss the process behind creating his comedy, receiving valuable advice from rappers, and dealing with the haters.
How did the idea come about for you to showcase your comedy skits on Instagram?
I’ve always had a comedic side to me. First I did music, but the comedy thing was just natural to me. When Instagram [added] that platform to do videos, it just took off. It’s straight improv, off the top of my head. I don’t rehearse nothing.
At what point did you realize that your brand was really taking off?
My brand still hasn’t taken off yet to what I want it to be, because I still have more work to do. I still got more hustlin’ to do, more knowledge to gain. I still gotta learn new things. I still gotta go hard and not settle for less or get too comfortable.
When will you feel like, “I’ve finally made it”?
When I get my first $30 million.
What would you say is more important to you: being a rapper or your comedy skits? Do you see yourself concentrating more on one in the future?
Nah, I’m concentrating on both. Both of them are important to me, that’s why I go hard at both. I’m an entertainer, a jack of all trades.
You and Shiggy seem to have a really tight relationship. How helpful is to be on the come up together?
Shiggy is my brother—I’ve been working with him for over a year now. He’s become my brother, he’s funny, he makes me laugh. We just come together and think of things, and then we make the people laugh, so that’s my brother. We’ve done television together, movies, everything. We’re from the same area. It was basically just like, he’d seen me doing my thing, I’d seen him doing his thing, and I was like, “Yo, you want to do a video?”
You’ve received so many cosigns as of late from people like Diddy and 50 Cent. How has it felt to get that kind of support?
It’s amazing, because they’re the big dogs in the game. I’m the underdog—they don’t want me to win. I’m just playing, I think everyone wants me to win. I look at the big dogs to follow their blueprint. It’s amazing getting their co-sign, messing with them, working with them, linking with them, and they’re giving me knowledge and letting me know [to] just to keep working so I can build my platform and my brand to where their brands are at.
What’s the best advice you’ve received from them?
I learnt a lot talking to them but the one thing I remember was when French Montana told me when I was in the studio with him the other night, “You gotta work or somebody will try and take your spot.” Basically he meant, never get too comfortable, always work no matter what position you are in.
On the flip side of that, how disappointing was it to hear Joe Budden’s comments about you, considering he’s a fellow New Jersey native?
That’s what comes with the game, we always have critics in the world. You got to take that and still go hard. But it don’t matter what they say, they’re going to talk until they’re blue in the face. They’re going to talk, but we don’t see that. We’re going to let them talk and still focus on what we got to do because we can’t go off track because of what they are saying and have them jeopardize what we got going on.
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2017? You mentioned working with French Montana.
I pulled up on French at the studio other night. We were catching up a vibe, chillin’. But I have an album coming out soon this year. I just dropped an album called 2FAT with my brother Fuzzy Fazu. After that album, I got a serious album coming out in 2018. I’m about a do a big major deal with Empire—shout out Ghazi—and then I got a couple of TV shows coming. I got a movie role coming on Netflix. Blessed by God, we’re just working.