Exclusive: Geko & Aetcix – GOATMOB ‘Flatline’ feat. Fatty Phew

‘GOATMOB’; Virtual socio-phobes, they are seldom seen at nightclubs, festivals or other communal shindigs. It is believed they spend most of their waking life underground, practising their primitive form of music and imbibing in strange herbs and potions. Emerging from the midst of Melbourne’s underground, the latest production from the illustrious Crate Cartel crew is Goatmob. Both emcees and producers respectively, the complimentary alliance that is Geko and Aetcix successfully combine their individual styles to bring this peculiarly alluring project to fruition. Goatmob reunites the duo again after collaborating on previous projects such as 2007’s Raw Four EP and the … Continue reading Exclusive: Geko & Aetcix – GOATMOB ‘Flatline’ feat. Fatty Phew

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

Bias B – Biaslife: Beginnings, Beats & Blessings Interview

Australian hip hop pioneer Bias B has announced his retirement after an extremely influential solo career. His last show in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel was true testament to his genre-defining reign as one of local hip hop’s original kings. The venue packed out with representatives from all corners of the industry showing their support. Here’s what fellow industry innovators Reason, Ciecmate and Pegz have to say about the legendary Melbourne emcee; “Being the first Melbourne based emcee I had ever heard, I’ve always drawn inspiration from Bias B. I have the esteemed honour of calling him a true friend, an honour I cherish. As an artist … Continue reading Bias B – Biaslife: Beginnings, Beats & Blessings Interview

Requiem: Grassroots debut offered up to the masses

Local hip hop artist Requiem is moving forward into the digital era. Instead of swimming against the current the musician has decided to re-release his music online for free download. The rural Victorian born MC has uploaded his debut album Grassroots Anarchy onto popular music website Bandcamp for fans to download and share. Grassroots Anarchy was released in 2009 to critical acclaim and helped the young wordsmith make his mark on the local scene. “Requiem could be one of the greats of the most emerging hip-hop scene in the world today,” said RapReviews.com head writer Steve Juon. The album was … Continue reading Requiem: Grassroots debut offered up to the masses

New Bias B Film Clip: ‘Midlife feat. Joyride’

Executed by Full Clip (Heata & Discourse) Midlife featuring Joyride produced by DJ Bonez taken from the album Biaslife. Bias B has been an unrelenting presence on the Australian Hip Hop scene spanning over decades. The Melbourne Hip Hop innovator returns to the mic with another tenacious testament to his craft in the form of Biaslife. The 5th solo release to his name, Biaslife solidly exhibits a maturity and discernment only obtainable after time, persistence, and unrequited dedication to one’s art. Bias has come a long way since his pioneering debut album Beezwax in 1998, just like his local scene. Although Aussie … Continue reading New Bias B Film Clip: ‘Midlife feat. Joyride’

Fluent Form – Word Merchant

True paragon of Melbourne’s hard-hitting hip hop scene; Fluent Form, continues to stay true to his namesake with new release – Word Merchant. Since releasing debut LP The Furnace in 2009, the first official release out of powerhouse independent label Crate Cartel, Fluent has gained much recognition and respect amongst his peers and industry alike. In between albums, Fluent Form has toured the country; penning guest verses for some of Australia s finest emcees including Bias B, Dialectrix, Ciecmate, Bigfoot, his fellow Crate Cartel label mates, and many more. He has opened for, and shared the stage with international heavyweights … Continue reading Fluent Form – Word Merchant

Bias B – Biaslife (Drops: May 27, 2011)

If you aren’t reading Bias B’s name in the history of the local Hip Hop scene, you must be reading the wrong history. Bias B has been an unrelenting presence on the Australian Hip Hop scene spanning over decades. The Melbourne Hip Hop innovator returns to the mic with another tenacious testament to his craft in the form of Biaslife. The 5th solo release to his name, Biaslife solidly exhibits a maturity and discernment only obtainable after time, persistence, and unrequited dedication to one’s art. Bias has come a long way since his pioneering debut album Beezwax in 1998, just … Continue reading Bias B – Biaslife (Drops: May 27, 2011)

BBS – Qualified: Album Launch (April 23, Melbourne)

BBS are four hardworking musicians consisting of J Stark, Rare and Jorgan with J Twice on the decks. Since releasing their debut mixtape 3 mics and we swear in 2008 BBS have been busy doing countless numbers of shows ranging from the Bsound shows with artist such as Phrase, Illy, Fluent Form, Pez and 360 to Phrase’s Clockwork album launch in Melbourne and M-Phazes/Gully Platoon’s recent album launch. It’s time to celebrate the much anticipated album release by BBS titled Qualified due out the first week of April. Guest’s such as Illy (Obese Records) , Fluent Form, Skryptcha (Obese Records), … Continue reading BBS – Qualified: Album Launch (April 23, Melbourne)

DJ Skae’s A-List [Out Now]

DJ Skae’s – A-List, a compilation of Hip Hop’s finest, dropped on February 18th 2011 through Green Distribution (MGM). It will be available at your local independent hip hop store as well as JBHi-Fi’s, Sanity etc. After dropping DJ Skae’s Guestlist just about a year ago, DJ Skae is back with another killer compilation album, DJ Skae’s A-List. This time Skae has chosen artists from around the country to submit songs for this compilation and Australia’s finest hip hop artists have delivered some heat. With artists from each state, Fluent Form (VIC), Draz (TAS) , D’Opus & Ro’Shambo (ACT), Torcha & … Continue reading DJ Skae’s A-List [Out Now]

Crate Cartel Records are proud to announce: Raven – The Ravenous Tour 2011

Fresh off the release of his sophomore album Ravenous 20Ten, Raven with label mates Fluent Form and Discourse and newjack Myk Reid will be bringing the album live to Australia on The Ravenous Tour in 2011. Since its release in late 2010 Ravenous 20Ten has fast been touted as one of the best albums of the year and Raven has been praised as one of the country’s best emcees. With a live performance career spanning over 5 years Raven has developed a powerful stage presence and improvisational performance full of thought provoking lyrics and neck breaking antics. This being Ravens … Continue reading Crate Cartel Records are proud to announce: Raven – The Ravenous Tour 2011

Barbone – One To Self

24-year old Barbone started rapping around 2003. He’s listened to rap all his life taking inspiration from grimy 90’s hip hop like Onyx, Biggie Smalls, RA The Rugged Man, Das EFX to conscience and lyrical rap such as Kool G, Big L, Ras Kass, LC and so on. He started rapping in the Melbourne crew, Reverse Psychology but had a falling out with them years ago and decided to pursue a solo career. He released a mixtape in 2007 aswell as an introductory EP early 2010 and has been doing shows around Melbourne ever since, performing alongside notable acts like … Continue reading Barbone – One To Self

B wiv Deece: New Film Clip “Escape Artist Gate”

Crew, motivation, good times and building blocks for the future reflect the past year for B wiv Deece and co. What better way to celebrate than putting together a FREE ep featuring some of the dudes that made the past year one to remember; Unleash The Beast features: such beasts as Maundz, Fatty Phew, G Force, Fluent Form and Luke Mac. All bringing their unique personalities with Deece over B wivs‘ ever growing banger catalogue. Fully produced by the man B wiv, Unleash The Beast has a soundscape that stretches from laid back light-hearted to the serious. The EP also … Continue reading B wiv Deece: New Film Clip “Escape Artist Gate”

FREE EP: B wiv Deece – Unleash The Beast

Crew, motivation, good times and building blocks for the future reflect the past year for B wiv Deece and co. What better way to celebrate than putting together a FREE ep featuring some of the dudes that made the past year one to remember; Unleash The Beast features: such beasts as Maundz, Fatty Phew, G Force, Fluent Form and Luke Mac. All bringing their unique personalities with Deece over B wivs‘ ever growing banger catalogue. Fully produced by the man B wiv, Unleash The Beast has a soundscape that stretches from laid back light-hearted to the serious. The EP also … Continue reading FREE EP: B wiv Deece – Unleash The Beast

Raven – Ravenous 20Ten (December 3)

Following the success of his debut solo album Humble Beginnings (2008), Raven is back with his sophomore release Ravenous 20Ten. Rising through the underground of Melbourne Hip-Hop as an emcee with the group Lost Soulz, Raven emerged as a lyricist to watch out for. Featuring as a member of the Hungry Humans crew and Crate Cartel Records, he has cemented a name for himself as a well respected artist with vivid lyrical content and strong presence. Ravenous 20Ten combines traditional Hip-Hop with personal and politically charged topics to create a concept album where Raven observes two worlds; the world that … Continue reading Raven – Ravenous 20Ten (December 3)

Dialectrix – Audio Projectiles, internet bullshit & a fluey Fluent

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 incredible era in the genre’s history. Dialectrix, along with Mercury Prize winner Plutonic Lab and prolific Sydney DJ 2buck have taken this historical approach to produce Audio Projectile, the second album from one of Australia’s most talented wordsmiths.  The album is the work of collaboration in the truest sense. Aiming to capture the vivid sounds of the classics, Audio Projectile is their enjoyment of the past, … Continue reading Dialectrix – Audio Projectiles, internet bullshit & a fluey Fluent

Dialectrix – Pieces of a Puzzle Video

The video for the single Pieces of a Puzzle from Dialectrix – Audio Projectile album.
 Film clip directed and created by Versus. 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 incredible era in the genre’s history. Dialectrix, along with Mercury Prize winner Plutonic Lab and prolific Sydney DJ 2buck have taken this historical approach to produce Audio Projectile, the second album from one of Australia’s most talented wordsmiths. The album is the … Continue reading Dialectrix – Pieces of a Puzzle Video

Bigfoot – Giant Steps (Nov. 12)

A stalwart of the Melbourne music scene since the mid 90’s, Bigfoot needs little introduction to those with an ear to the underground. Etching out a reputation for thunderous production, aggressive flows and a formidable stage presence, Bigfoot has been a scene-stealer since day one. Following the momentum created by his regular appearances on the now legendary PBS Formula sessions, Bigfoot began his reputation as a prolific guest-spot killer with his verse on Brad Strut’s Authentic LP in 2001, and he soon appeared on studio tracks and live bills with the likes of Bias B, Tornts, Hospice Crew, Brothers Stoney and Reason. As the … Continue reading Bigfoot – Giant Steps (Nov. 12)

DJ Skae’s – A-List [Coming Soon]

After dropping DJ Skae’s Guestlist about a year ago, DJ Skae is back with another killer compilation album, DJ Skae’s A-List. This time Skae has chosen artists from around the country to submit songs for this compilation and Australia’s finest hip hop artists have delivered some heat. With artists from each state, Fluent Form (VIC), Draz (TAS) , D’Opus & Ro’Shambo (ACT), Torcha & B-Don (NSW), Tommy Illfigga (QLD), Chase (SA) and Hunter (WA) to name a few, this compilation album showcases the hottest hip hop from around the country. This album also features international collaborations with the likes of … Continue reading DJ Skae’s – A-List [Coming Soon]

Obese Records Block Party Rewards Interstaters!

With the excitement of this year’s 10th Anniversary Block Party still fresh, we are happy to announce that all of those making the trek down to Melbourne from around the country will be rewarded for their efforts. If you are travelling to Melbourne for the show, be sure to stop by the Obese Records Retail Store in Prahran with your boarding pass/itinerary, photo ID and Block Party ticket to score yourself a limited Block Party pack* that includes rare posters, stickers and other promotional material from Obese Records and Ironlak. *packs are limited and will be available from Thursday 7th … Continue reading Obese Records Block Party Rewards Interstaters!

WIK – Duck Down feat. G-Force, Maundz & Deece (Free Download)

This banger of a track is a leak from the upcoming WIK project featuring G-Force, Maundz & Deece. This one is on that serious ish, do the knowledge. Download the track now by clicking the downward arrow on the player, and keep an eye out for WIK! Check out footage of another track produced by WIK. This is the first time the guys have performed the track Loco Motive with all three emcees’s (Maundz, Fluent Form & Fatty Phew ). Filmed by B wiv. Taken from the Mr Nobody/Crate Cartel album launch @ The Johnston on 14/8/10 Continue reading WIK – Duck Down feat. G-Force, Maundz & Deece (Free Download)

Dialectrix – Audio Projectile (Sept 17)

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 incredible era in the genre’s history. Dialectrix, along with Mercury Prize winner Plutonic Lab and prolific Sydney DJ 2buck have taken this historical approach to produce Audio Projectile, the second album from one of Australia’s most talented wordsmiths. The album is the work of collaboration in the truest sense. Aiming to capture the vivid sounds of the classics, Audio … Continue reading Dialectrix – Audio Projectile (Sept 17)

Obese Records – Block Party 2010 (10 Year Anniversary)

This year Obese Records proudly announces a very special 10th anniversary edition of Block Party. Inviting you back to the place where it all began, this hometown show will landmark a celebration of over 70 releases as well as the labels many successes during its 10 year reign within Australia’s flourishing music industry. In addition to the ARIA Awards, the Gold and Platinum albums, Obese Records has pushed Australian hip hop into the mainstream music conscience. Block Party 2010: Obese Records 10th Anniversary will feature live performances from Mantra, Dialectrix, M-Phazes, Illy, Spit Syndicate, Pegz, Bias B, Skryptcha plus many … Continue reading Obese Records – Block Party 2010 (10 Year Anniversary)

Geko – Detonate Feat. Fluent Form & Raven (Film Clip)

Produced by Geko, featuring Fluent Form & Raven, cuts By DJ Bogues. Flim clip directed by Geko, shot by Sideshow, cut by Discourse & Sideshow, compositing and effects by Discourse. The Crate Cartel have continued to grow from strength to strength, solidifying their spot as one of Australia’s most exciting and talented groups to emerge in recent times. Equipped with an array of diverse talents, The Cartel recently took out best group/crew and best record label for ozhiphop.com awards 2009. This year marks another exciting chapter for the crew with the release of Crate Cartel Radio, which once again showcases … Continue reading Geko – Detonate Feat. Fluent Form & Raven (Film Clip)

Mata & Must 7″ Launch

The new Mata & Must 7″  Skills Don’t Pay / Business In Tracksuits is here. The launch for the 7″ vinyl will feature One Sixth, Fluent Form, Maundz, Maggot Mouf, Dekoda, Full Spectrum, Vince Van Go and Papercutts. All this Saturday July 31, at The Birmingham. Free entry before 10.30/$5 after. Grab a copy of the new 7″ at http://www.pangproductions.com.au or grab it from iTunes…with the instrumentals. Tracklist: A. Skills Don’t Pay B. Business In Tracksuits. Produced by Mata & Must. Cuts by DJ Wasabi. Continue reading Mata & Must 7″ Launch

Triple Album Launch – Crate Creeps – Crate Cartel – Jake Biz

Off the back of the success of Geko’s Crate Cartel Radio (in stores now) which features the likes of Maundz, Fluent Form, Raven, Jake Biz & Bigfoot, Bias B, Fatty Phew & Luke Mac, Kings Konekted, Ciecmate and Aectix, Geko will make his travels up to Brisbane to release the album along side fellow Crate Cartalians Maundz, Raven and Fluent Form. Alongside the already massive line-up, the production duo The Crate Creeps (DJ Butcher & Tommy Illfigga), off the back of there eagerly awaited album release – July 9th, will be releasing there album with an EXTREMELY live show incorporating … Continue reading Triple Album Launch – Crate Creeps – Crate Cartel – Jake Biz

Spit n Grime MC Battles – Adelaide

If your in Adelaide on July 2, then  come get your drink on, with a host of acts including Bwiv Deece, Maundz, Fluent Form, Discourse (VIC), Ground Floor Up, Mnops + Nieve, Dark Faction and DJ Faint One. The night will also feature some emcee battles judged by locals Evolve & K21. First prize is $500 cash. Donated by Kustom Aart Constructions + a tattoo to the value of $450 donated by Body Art and Beauty, Old Noarlunga. This is a show not to be missed. Free raffle entry for all ticket buyers. Raffle prize is $200 worth of free … Continue reading Spit n Grime MC Battles – Adelaide

allaussie hip hop Interview with Geko

Entirely produced by Geko, Crate Cartel Radio encompasses everything good about independent local hip hop. This release includes a stellar line up of guest emcees, strategically picked to add multiple elements of class to this impressive sonic backdrop. Over these 13 tracks, you can find some of Australia’s most renowned and respected veterans including Bias B, Bigfoot and Ciecmate, alongside exciting and anticipated local emcees Kings Konekted, Maundz, Jake Biz, Fatty Phew and many others. We caught up with Geko recently to talk about his upcoming release Crate Cartel Radio, two new aditions to the Crate Cartel roster, a surprise … Continue reading allaussie hip hop Interview with Geko

Crate Cartel Radio – Geko (June 18)

The Crate Cartel have continued to grow from strength to strength, solidifying their spot as one of Australia’s most exciting and talented groups to emerge in recent times. Equipped with an array of diverse talents, The Cartel recently took out best group/crew and best record label for ozhiphop.com awards 2009. This year marks another exciting chapter for the crew with the release of Crate Cartel Radio, which once again showcases their range of abilities. The Cartel pride themselves on bringing the highest level of quality and professionalism, as evidenced in their recent spate of releases, always backed up by their … Continue reading Crate Cartel Radio – Geko (June 18)

Maundz Interview – Mr Nobody (2010)

Melbourne emcee Maundz released his full length LP yesterday, titled Mr Nobody. Let us tell you, it’s one you want to get your hands on.  Distributed by Obese, mixed and mastered by Deece at Omni Hieroglyphic Studios, Mr Nobody is Maundz’ social commentary on a world that doesn’t seem to have a clue…and boy does it do it well. We caught up with Maundz to have a quick chat about the release of his highly entertaining album Mr Nobody. Your debut album Mr Nobody dropped only yesterday, how are you feeling about it all? I feel fucking great man, feels … Continue reading Maundz Interview – Mr Nobody (2010)

Dwizofoz – Baked Not Fried EP

  Dwizofoz has indeed been building quite a name for himself starting way back in 2003 when he first met Ghosty and started working on tracks with him. In 2004 the duo created the group Ozalians and almost immediately began performing on stages all around Brisbane. After nearly 5 years of performing and having supported and worked with such artists as Muph n Plutonic, Hyjak n Torcha, Bias B, Optimen and Tommy Illfigga, Justice n Kaos (to name a few), Ozalians decided to part ways to work on different projects. The end of 2007 saw Dwizofoz begin to really focus on his music as a solo … Continue reading Dwizofoz – Baked Not Fried EP