Arian Foster takes rapper persona Bobby Feeno center stage at House of Blues – Chron
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Ex-NFL stars have many roads to follow after leaving the game. Some put on a suit and step into a broadcast booth. Others take up golf and wait for a trip to Canton, Ohio. Arian Foster decided to do everything.
Foster, the former Houston Texans running back and fan favorite, retired from the NFL in Oct. 2016 after a brief stint with the Miami Dolphins. Foster has had bit roles in movies and TV shows along with helming his own podcast "Now What? With Arian Foster." He's now made the leap into music under a new name.
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On Nov. 24 Bobby Feeno is playing a show at the downtown House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room. This is Foster's hip-hop alter-ego, and he's even released a full-length album. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. and start out at $20. It's an all-ages standing room only show.
According to his management this will be Foster's first live show ever in Houston. He will make his live debut just days before in Dallas.
Foster, thinking that his real name wasn't very "artistic-sounding", took on the Bobby Feeno moniker for music. For years his Twitter handle had been @feeno so it was staring most of us in the face.
"I'm not trying to pursue this alter ego like it's another person. It's still me," he told Jemele Hill in an expansive profile for online outlet The Undefeated.
EP 41 of the @nowwhatpod is out! my dawg @paulwallbaby the people’s champ! love to my guy, came thru and we had a great one!

?‘? here on youtube ⏯
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Back in April he unleashed his moody, organic debut album titled "Flamingo & Koval" with guest spots from Houston R&B star Jack Freeman on two of its 13 tracks. The album was released and distributed by LeBron James' digital company Uninterrupted. TIDAL released a docuseries about the journey Foster took to make the album.
The album is currently available on most major streaming services. The second cut, "watermelon sunrise" is one of the album's sunnier moments. "Wine Bottles & Cheese" is a good showcase of Foster's lyrical technique. The album is a summation of Foster's life up until right now.
(Rap fans might remember that the streets mentioned in the album title is actually the Las Vegas intersection where Tupac Shakur was shot in 1996. He later died of his wounds.)
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The piece with Hill drew high praise from none other than Houston rap icon Scarface, real name Brad Jordan.
"He's not just looking to do something with his money. He's a brilliant, evil genius, lyrically. I think he's got a chance," Jordan said. According to the Undefeated piece, Houston rap legend Bun B was an early Feeno champion too.
Feeno is probably just the first of several creative projects the world will see from Foster.
#Repost hit the @nowwhatpod bio for out talk. a prequel to our soon com pod. dude is the truth 🙏🏾 ・・・ Arian joined Beto O’rourke in his car after a rally outside of Houston, Tx. Arian drove while Beto and him exchanged questions on the 45 minute drive back into town. Beto said he’ll join the podcast soon, so this is the prequel to that! can’t wait to have him on the pod! up on our youtube page now! click the link in the bio!
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"The whole point of it is just to die empty. This is part of who I am," Foster told Hill. "All I can ask is for people to give it a chance because it's really good music. I wouldn't waste anybody's time."
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Craig Hlavaty is a freelance writer for and the Houston Chronicle.


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