Come Together Tickets On Sale Today!

Selling out in just three days last year you’ll want to get your tickets early for this year’s Come Together, on sale today April 11th at 9am! Celebrating its very special 10th anniversary in what is sure to be a night of epic proportions, we are excited to announce that Come Together – the MASSIVE all-Aussie hip-hop bash will take place in the Big Top at Luna Park, this Queen’s Birthday long weekend.  This year’s stellar line-up of local hip-hop leaders are ready to blow the roof off and be seen as they should be – loud, proud and in … Continue reading Come Together Tickets On Sale Today!

Sarm

Presenting the self titled debut album from Sarm of the acclaimed Sydney duo That’s Them. Featuring guest spots from undisputed kings Kerser, Rates, Fraksha, Tornts, Dialectrix and Rinse (Bingethinkers), with production by Nebs, the album burns its way across your ears the same way the intense orange of the 6 panel digipack sizzles across your retina. Combining the futuristic, angular production of Nebs with the characteristic hip hop and grime flavoured flow of Sarm, this will be yet another hotly debated and passionately devoured release featuring the new sound shouldering its way out of Sydney’s West. Nebs‘ electro disco influenced … Continue reading Sarm

Obese Records – Frankston Store Opening

Obese Records, Australia’s first hip hop label, was established in 1995 as a small record store originally named OB’s. After the business was bought and renamed by Tirren Staaf (Pegz) in 2002, the label was created as an outlet for the distribution of Australian hip-hop. Melbourne’s emcee Reason with his album Solid, was the first release on the label, closely followed by the scene-defining Culture of Kings and Obesecity compilations. Over the course of its twelve years, Obese Records has seen success stories such as Hilltop Hoods, Muph & Plutonic, Drapht, Illy, release award winning albums, play to crowds of … Continue reading Obese Records – Frankston Store Opening

Dialectrix – Satellite Official EP Launch

After spending the last year or so accustoming himself to fatherhood and fine tuning his 3rd LP The Cold Light Of Day with long time collaborator Plutonic Lab, Dialectrix is kickstarting 2013 with a rare and limited edition release involving some of the worlds best talents. The result is Satellite, an exclusive 5 track EP being released to vinyl only (digital D/L included) with each track showcasing an overseas producer while Dtrix exhibits the hunger and versatility the Sydney wordsmith is known for. Artwork for the EP is being handled by April77 Creative, longtime collaborators with Dialectrix and creators of artwork for Obese … Continue reading Dialectrix – Satellite Official EP Launch

Dialectrix – Satellite EP

After spending the last year or so accustoming himself to fatherhood and fine tuning his 3rd LP The Cold Light Of Day with long time colloaborator Plutonic Lab, Dialectrix is kickstarting 2013 with a rare and limited edition release involving some of the worlds best talents. The result is Satellite, an exclusive 5 track EP being released to vinyl only (digital D/L included) with each track showcasing an overseas producer while Dtrix exhibits the hunger and versatility the Sydney wordsmith is known for. Artwork for the EP is being handled by April77 Creative, longtime collaborators with Dialectrix and creators of artwork … Continue reading Dialectrix – Satellite EP

Illy – Bring It Back Album Tour with Chasm Soundsystem & Skryptcha

24 dates have now been announced on Illy’s Bring It Back album tour which winds it’s way around the country through August, September and October. As the beginning of the tour approaches, Illy has hand-picked local supports to join Chasm Soundsystem and Skryptcha on the road. The local openers include M-Phazes, Flagrant (special A/V show), Mr. Hill, Fozzey and VanC, Elemont, Dylan Joel, Jackie Onassis and The Stoops. The tour is the first time for fans to hear tracks from Illy’s third studio album, Bring It Back, live. The album is set for release in late September but has already spawned … Continue reading Illy – Bring It Back Album Tour with Chasm Soundsystem & Skryptcha

Maundz – Take It Back feat. Bias B

Maundz, the outspoken rascal of Melbourne’s rap-scene; has a heart of gold, a potty mouth, and an acid tongue. His second LP Zero, is the first release of 2012 from irrefutable hip hop collective Crate Cartel. Zero is a fast approaching sun on the horizon after what has been a long winter for Maundz fans. Featuring collaborative efforts from New York’s number one man of the moment Action Bronson, ARIA award winning Drapht, Golden Era’s Vents and Sesta, Melbourne kings Brad Strut and Bias B, and of course Crate Cartel. Revered by the likes of Hilltop Hoods and Drapht as the “next big thing”, Maundz has become highly respected by his underground and commercially established cohorts alike. The lead single Take … Continue reading Maundz – Take It Back feat. Bias B

Maundz – Take It Back Mixtape

Crate Cartel presents The Take It Back Mixtape, which marks the lead up to Maundz’s upcoming album Zero set for release on May 25th. Take a step back in time and listen to all the classic Maundz tracks including live radio show goodness, rare tracks, and the collaborative efforts from some of the scenes finest.   Take It Back has 22 monster tracks including the recently released track Take It Back feat. Bias B. The mixtape also features Fluent Form, Geko, Rave, Aetcix, Dialectrix, Fatty Phew Deece, Rigby, Force and Awbs. Take It Back also features production from Wik, Geko, Discource, … Continue reading Maundz – Take It Back Mixtape

Dialectrix Competition

Back to tear up the stage in 2012 is Sydney’s finest Dialectrix. Fresh off the release of his soul laden, technologically themed single New Generation, Dialectrix is hitting the road to showcase his heralded flow and uniquely kinetic live experience. Dialectrix is a veteran on the mic whose live show comprises high energy party anthems mixed with thoughtful social criticisms. The live wire word smith is hitting stages as part of his New Generation East coast tour. Dialectrix will be starting with hometown Sydney’s Annandale Hotel tonight with supporting performances by Ellesquire, Calski and Rainman with DJ sets by Ology. D-Trix will also visit Melbourne’s Laundry on Saturday May 5th, supported by local acts including Fluent … Continue reading Dialectrix Competition

Dialectrix – New Generation Tour

Back to tear up the stage in 2012 is Sydney’s finest Dialectrix. Fresh off the release of his soul laden, technologically themed single New Generation, Dialectrix is hitting the road to showcase his heralded flow and uniquely kinetic live experience. Dialectrix is a veteran on the mic whose live show comprises high energy party anthems mixed with thoughtful social criticisms. The live wire word smith is hitting stages as part of his New Generation East coast tour. Dialectrix will be starting with hometown Sydney’s Annandale Hotel on Friday, 27 April with supporting performances by Ellesquire, Calski and Rainman with DJ sets … Continue reading Dialectrix – New Generation Tour

Rainman – Bigger Pictures

Mention Rainman amongst the initiated and the respect attributed to his name is palpable. Recognised nationally as one of Queensland’s finest, Rainman’s list of collaborations, support slots and guest appearances reads like a who’s who of Australian hip hop. Rainman is poised to drop his second album Bigger Pictures, in stores Friday 4 May through Obese distribution. The album sees Sammsonite (The Optimen) return for the lion’s share of the production but also features some of Australia’s finest beat – smiths including the APRA and AIR Award winning, ARIA nominated Count Bounce (TZU/Urthboy), DJ Bonez, Mangohig (Sietta), Chasm (Astronomy Class), … Continue reading Rainman – Bigger Pictures

Dialectrix – New Generation

Dialectrix is back in 2012 with a sociotech reflective narrative in the form of New Generation, the first single from his upcoming LP The Cold Light Of Day. The single premiered on triple j late last week.  After the success of hit singles Whut! and Pieces of a Puzzle, which is now featured on the new Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘Chronicle‘, Dialectrix reprises with another catalytic externalization. The new track credits production wizardry from Plutonic Lab and cuts from the brilliant DJ 2Buck. Sonically, classic soulful grittiness and iconic vocal cuts are juxtaposed by synth nuances. all in all New Generation is an ode to … Continue reading Dialectrix – New Generation

Calski – Love Drive Commission

Calski first started producing jams in 1998, and has since worked with the likes of Impossible Odds, Rainman, Shawn Lov, Binge Thinkers and more. It is not uncommon to find Calski rocking his MPC at b-boy jams and comps all over Brisbane, representing with Elements Collective. Set to release his debut production album entitled Love Drive Commission through Obese Distribution next month, Calski describes the album as ‘sonically diverse’ with tinges of West Coast smooth, Detroit inspired grit, and New York drums. The LP will feature spots from Dialectrix, Rainman, Tommy Illfigga, DJ Butcher, Rinse and DJ 2Buck among others. Love Drive … Continue reading Calski – Love Drive Commission

Pegz 2011 Wrap Up

Aside from attending to the role of hard-working CEO, Pegz brought out his first solo album since his hiatus from the booth last year. Drama landed on shelves in March, generating the release of two enthusiastically received singles Bombs Away and Priceless feat. Joe New, Dialectrix and DJ 2Buck. Promptly after, Pegz took his Bombs Away National Tour on the road along with hype man Eloquor, DJ 2Buck on decks, Dialectrix and Joe New, accompanied at various intervals by Simplex and Dutch and others. Pegz also played a stand-out set at Raise the Roof 2 at the Espy alongside Urthboy, … Continue reading Pegz 2011 Wrap Up

Muph & Plutonic 2011 Wrap Up

2011 has seen Muph & Plutonic hit stages again, playing Come Together, Essence, Reconciliation, Life’s A Beach festivals as a stripped back two piece with Plutonic on drums & Muph on the mic. They then hit the road on the national Party, Party, Party tour with Drapht throughout September / October. Plutonic continues to find extra hours in the week with his list of production credits continuing to reinforce his as one of the best & most prolific Australian beat producers in the game. Drapht, Gully Platoon, Horrowshow, Resin Dogs, TZU, Hilltop Hoods have all chosen to work with Plutonic Lab, … Continue reading Muph & Plutonic 2011 Wrap Up

Dialectrix 2011 Wrap Up

2011 has been a BIG year for the lyrical powerhouse, Dialectrix. Riding on the success of his second solo album, Audio Projectile, which was released in late 2010 (produced by Plutonic Lab), D-trix continued to smash the airwaves with hit singles Pieces of a Puzzle and Whut!. Along the way he encountered some career highlights including his live performance on Triple J’s Like A Version, where he and Pluto remade the classic Spiderbait track Buy Me A Pony. He also showcased his live skills to numerous cities as part of the Audio Projectile Tour, with label mate Pegz on his Bombs … Continue reading Dialectrix 2011 Wrap Up

Eloquor – Human Condition Video Clip

Eloquor thrives as a storyteller, his tracks tell of both hardship and resilience, leaving behind a lingering sense of realistic optimism. Produced by Simplex, Human Condition explores the notion of attempting to reach a common ground based on the inherit similarities of all human beings. The sentiments strewn through Eloquors rhymes promote dignity and the importance of living life by your own design. One of the most persevering, hard-working emcees in the game; Eloquor has earned his stripes performing alongside industry heavyweights such as Pegz, Briggs, and the Hilltop Hoods. Thematically Eloquor delves into some of the most pressing issues humanity … Continue reading Eloquor – Human Condition Video Clip

Reason – Window Of Time Video Clip

Reason’s Window of Time is the final solo effort of his pioneering career, a true testament to his twenty plus years of dedication to Australian hip hop and reflective of his journey thus far. Window of Time, in essence, is intended to open minds and expose its listener to a mélange of historical, situational and currently pressing themes. Reason, both a school teacher and youth workshop facilitator, takes actualities to words with the intention of inspiring positive action. The album’s conceptual roots are of a worldly emphasis in contrast to the artists previous releases that were more indicative of his local scene. … Continue reading Reason – Window Of Time Video Clip

Reason – Window Of Time (Out Now)

Reason’s Window of Time is the final solo effort of his pioneering career, a true testament to his twenty plus years of dedication to Australian hip hop and reflective of his journey thus far. Window of Time, in essence, is intended to open minds and expose its listener to a mélange of historical, situational and currently pressing themes. Reason, both a school teacher and youth workshop facilitator, takes actualities to words with the intention of inspiring positive action. The album’s conceptual roots are of a worldly emphasis in contrast to the artists previous releases that were more indicative of his local … Continue reading Reason – Window Of Time (Out Now)

Dailectrix – Rapper Tag #44

Rapper Tag continues to grown and build on early momentum with the latest tag from Melbourne emcee Dialectrix. Dialectrix drops Rapper Tag #44 with a crazy split screen video featuring DJ 2Buck on the decks with Versus Media behind the camera. Check out our most recent interview with Dialectrix regarding his Audio Projectile release from earlier in the year.  The unique synergy created between artists was a defining character in the creativity and success of hip hop during the 1990s. Hip hop crews were bound together by their ideas in the moment and this interaction, at times tense, marked an … Continue reading Dailectrix – Rapper Tag #44

Eloquor – Human Condition EP

Melbourne’s Eloquor will be releasing his 7 track EP entitled Human Condition come early November. The ethically outspoken emcee has spent much of the 2011 slamming hype duties on the Pegz ‘Bombs Away Tour’ alongside Dialectrix, Joe New and DJ 2Buck, still managing to bring his own project to life despite a busy schedule. The release credits contributing efforts from 1/6 and Pegz, production mastery from Suffa and Simplex, with featured cuts by DJ 2Buck and Slap618. The album is a banger, and will undoubtedly earn this hard-working emcee some new fans with its catchy hooks and inspiring sentiment. Watch this space … Continue reading Eloquor – Human Condition EP

Reason – Window Of Time

Reason’s Window of Time is the final solo effort of his pioneering career, a true testament to his twenty plus years of dedication to Australian hip hop and reflective of his journey thus far. Window of Time, in essence, is intended to open minds and expose its listener to a mélange of historical, situational and currently pressing themes. Reason, both a school teacher and youth workshop facilitator, takes actualities to words with the intention of inspiring positive action. The album’s conceptual roots are of a worldly emphasis in contrast to the artists previous releases that were more indicative of his … Continue reading Reason – Window Of Time

Reason – Window Of Time (Nov 4)

The moment of truth has arrived; and the legacy left behind by Reason will further be entrenched within the history of hip hop. Window Of Time drops November 4th 2011, and shall lay testament to Reason’s two and a half decades of dedicated service… In typical Reason style, there are guests aplenty throughout the album. Those sharing mic duties include Lazy Grey, Bias B, Hau, Dialectrix, Hunter, Iron Braydz, Lotek, AJ, Joyride, KYE, Mdusus, Rachel Berry & Rappaport. The album is blessed with superb production from Suffa, Debris, Debate, Mdusu, Geko & WIZDM. Stay tuned for more information on the release … Continue reading Reason – Window Of Time (Nov 4)

Rapper Tag #43 – Pegz

Business man, mentor, artist; Pegz is never a loss for words and rarely holds back from the issues he holds close. He is as unrelenting as he is introspective, always the barometer for truth from the streets of Melbourne, he continues to challenge himself in the ever growing success of local hip hop. Here we have Rapper Tag #43.  Respect to Plutonic Lab on the skins, Terry behind the lens and Reason for the tag. Pick up your copy of Drama through iTunes here.  Music video for Priceless (feat. 2buck, Dialectrix and Joe New) coming soon. Facebook  ||  Twitter  ||  Obese Records Continue reading Rapper Tag #43 – Pegz

Raise The Roof II – Friday Sept 30

The Espy is pleased to announce that it is once again opening its doors up to a night of all local hip hop. Raise The Roof picks up from where it left off, a colossal lineup showcasing the finest in established and emerging Aussie hip hop. Our first installment of Raise The Roof in June was a raging success, volume 2 is shaping up to be just as huge… Headlining festivities is Melbourne’s own Pegz. With a recently released album, fresh off a national tour and a new film clip coming, the local storyteller is one of Australia most commanding … Continue reading Raise The Roof II – Friday Sept 30

Fluent Form – Word Merchant LP: Riots, Raps & Religion

We catch up with Fluent Form fresh off the back of his Word Merchant LP drop to talk about all things regarding the album. Crate Cartel member and emcee heavyweight Fluent Form has not only been busy acting on the small screen he has also been making some great hip hop. Check out what he has to say regarding his recent Word Merchant release below. aahh: Your  LP release titled ‘Word Merchant’ dropped a few months ago. It’s had some time now to soak amongst the heads, what kind of reaction and feedback have you had for the album this time … Continue reading Fluent Form – Word Merchant LP: Riots, Raps & Religion

Bingethinkers – Cannon Fodder Video Clip

Over the past half-decade, Bingethinkers have built their reputation as one of Sydney’s most dynamic hip hop outfits- electrifying audiences with their remarkable live show. The group is comprised of MC Rinse on the mic, DJ 2Buck (Dialectrix, Gully Platoon) on the decks (and beats) and producers Aeon (a member of Sydney rock/electronica act Decoder Ring) and PSYKEone on the beats. This combination of high energy, boom bap production and razor sharp lyrics create an unmatched collection of individual talent sharing a single ethos. First clip from Bingethinkers debut album “Where Are They Now – Cannon Fodder”. – Directed by VERSUS. Following up from the release of their ShelfLife Mixtape (2007), Bingethinkers formed LookUP with fellow Sydneysiders Scott Burns and Thats … Continue reading Bingethinkers – Cannon Fodder Video Clip

Drapht – The Party, Party, Party Tour 2011 feat. Muph & Plutonic

Muph & Plutonic join Drapht on  The Party, Party, Party Tour 2011 – tickets on sale Friday August 5. Those out there in the know, know that Muph & Plutonic haven’t stopped working the last two years. However their projects have been happening behind the scenes. Now stepping back out on the road, the Melbourne-based hip-hop duo have been announced to join Drapht on The Party, Party, Party tour. The tour hits capital cities and regional centers through September and October. In the last six months Muph & Plutonic have been hitting stages again, playing Come Together, Essence, Reconciliation festivals as a stripped back two piece with just Plutonic … Continue reading Drapht – The Party, Party, Party Tour 2011 feat. Muph & Plutonic

D’Opus & Roshambo – Bring Happiness Video

Canberra based producer & emcee duo D’Opus & Roshambo have teamed up again to bring out their long-awaited second LP Past Time, which includes the singles Come Find Out and Bring Happiness. The album was released in April this year on Mercury Switch Lab through Inertia. The duo have drawn from a pool of Australian artists to collaborate on songs throughout Past Time, with Muph, Hau, Dialectrix and Mdusu just a few who contribute their verses to the album. Chanel Cole, member of Trip Hop group Spook, provides her unique voice on the tracks Bring Happiness and Come Find Out. … Continue reading D’Opus & Roshambo – Bring Happiness Video

2nd Show Announced: Official 2011 Winter Block Party In The Snow

This year we’re heading to the SNOW!! Obese Records invites you to the Official 2011 Winter Block Party. Grab your gear, load the car and get your mates into action for this year’s biggest road trip!! Proudly presented by Obese Records and The Station, tickets to these special events will sell out fast so be sure to get in quick. The line-up boasts the cream of the Obese Records crop, over two massive nights; Illy, Phaze One, Dialectrix, Pegz, Spit Syndicate, Thundamentals & Skryptcha who’ll be rocking The Station until it’s time to hit the slopes. This massive celebration of … Continue reading 2nd Show Announced: Official 2011 Winter Block Party In The Snow