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Anthony Forté (born Anthony H. Forté, March 2, 1968), better known by his stage name Rappin' 4-Tay, is an American rapper from the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California.

Rappin' 4-Tay
Birth nameAnthony H. Forté[1]
Also known as4-Tay
Born (1968-03-02) March 2, 1968 (age 51)
OriginSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Years active1988–present
Associated acts


Early lifeEdit

Anthony Forte was born March 2, 1968. He grew up in the Filmore District of San Francisco. Anthony Forte has a twin sister. He has a son as well as three daughters, two of which are also seeking to follow their father’s footsteps in the music industry.[2]

Music careerEdit

Right after high school, 4-Tay made his debut on the Too Short album Life Is...Too Short. He was later convicted on drug charges and served ten months in prison.[3] Upon his release from prison he released his debut album Rappin' 4-Tay Is Back in 1991, and followed up in 1994 with Don't Fight the Feelin', which included the hits "Playaz Club" (which sampled the song "Private Number" by William Bell and Judy Clay and hit #36 on the Billboard Hot 100), the "Dank Season" featuring Seff Tha Gaffla, and "I'll Be Around" (which hit #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, #59 in Australia,[4] and #1 in New Zealand[5] ).

In 1995, two Rappin' 4-Tay songs - "Problems" and "A Message For Your Mind" - were featured on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack. "A Message For Your Mind" sampled I Want You Back by The Jackson 5.

Rappin' 4-Tay's mainstream success has been scarce since then, but he was featured in 2Pac's All Eyez on Me album on the track "Only God Can Judge Me" in 1996 and Master P's West Coast Bad Boyz II compilation in 1997. 4-Tay was also an original member of Bay Area supergroup T.W.D.Y. in 1999.

In 2003 Rappin' 4-Tay released the album Gangsta Gumbo with the single "Burning, Burning", followed up by the album That's What You Thought in 2007.

He was featured on the song "My Alphabets" on fellow Bay Area rap veteran Mac Dre's 2004 album The Genie of the Lamp.

Dec 06 2011 Rappin' 4-Tay, E-40 and Playalitical collaborated on a song entitled "Bounce It Like A Bad Check" which was featured on the "Political Playboy Music" album released by Playalitical. In 2012 Rappin' 4-Tay collaborated on the song Picture A Nigga with Lil' Gang$ta,[6] as well as helping with his debut album.[7]

In 2013, he headlined the main stage of Seattle Hempfest with artists Ditch, Tony Tag, Brian Meyers & More.

In May 2014, he appeared with E BONE415 in a music video about Alcatraz Island, THE ROCK aka ALCATRAZ.[8]


Studio albumsEdit

  • Rappin' 4-Tay is Back (1991)
  • Don't Fight the Feelin' (1994)
  • Off Parole (1996)
  • 4 Tha Hard Way (1997)
  • Bigga Than Da Game (1998)
  • Introduction to Mackin (1999)
  • Gangsta Gumbo (2003)
  • That's What You Thought (2007)
  • The World Is a Ghetto (2008)
  • Still Standing, Vol. 1 (2011)
  • Strictly Enforced (2011)
  • Where Is the Love? (2011)

Collaboration albumsEdit

  • Derty Werk with T.W.D.Y. (1999)
  • Ghetto Visa with Squirrel (2007)
  • Ghetto Visa, Vol. 2 with Squirrel (2010)
  • Exported Game with Big Willie & Spike2ms (2011)


  1. ^ California Births, 1905 - 1995, Anthony H. Forté
  2. ^ "LiL 4 TaY OF B.I.G | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Rappin' 4-Tay > Biography )))
  4. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 15 Oct 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved July 6, 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  5. ^ "RAPPIN' 4-TAY FEAT. THE SPINNERS - I'LL BE AROUND (SONG)". Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Picture A Nigga (ft Rappin' 4-Tay)
  7. ^ Rappin' 4-Tay Presents: LiL' Gang$ta
  8. ^ "THE ROCK Rappin 4 Tay & E Bone415". May 30, 2014 – via YouTube.