Obese Records: Rocking the Block

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The Obese Block party saw Australian Hip Hop celebrate a new level of success when it sold out an all Australian lineup to some 2200 people at the Melbourne Metro, August 2004. The Block Party commemorated a year of recognition for Aussie Hip Hop that saw Koolism scoop an ARIA and the Hoods LP ‘The Calling’ sell certified gold.

From the small Prahran one stop hip hop shop to the Empire Obese has become today, they are still releasing some of the best Artists in Australia. With a roster that reads like a who’s who of Australian Hip Hop you will find everyone from Melbourne Pioneers Bias, Pegz & Reason to Layla, Funkoars, Drapht, Muph N Plutonic, Bliss N Eso, Hyjak, Torcha & Bonez, Hilltop Hoods & Downsyde.

JASE

A new edition to the fold is Melbourne based Jase, many of you will know him as Jase from NuBreed, others as a beat fiend who has been crafting his hip hop sounds since the early 90’s, regardless he is another flawless producer, added to the Obese roster, who will be performing for you at the Block Party II.

What is the best thing about being signed to Obese Records?
UMMMMM…The office is a 10 minute walk away from my house and also its full of great artists and hardworking staff all aiming to bring you quality australian hiphop .

How do you feel Block Party reflects Australian Hip Hop in it’s current state?
It features artists that have been around for a while and have been releasing quality hiphop and performances so it should be a tight show.Im sure many artists will also be showcasing new material as there hasnt been a party like this in a while.

If you could be any other artist on the Obese Roster, who would you be & why?
Lol….Plutonic lab because he doesnt procrastinate and has a good work ethic. 3 albums in just over a year is crazy!!

Where do you think You, Obese & Australian Hip Hop will be in ten years?
Hopefully with our own hiphop awards night to cater for all the emerging talent…...myself on my 10th album with my future kids doing my production for me.aaaaah i see it now…us arguing over which snare to use!!!

What will you bring with your performance?
Fat beats if not anything else …even myself??

LAYLA
Layla hails from the west, a member of SBX alongside Clandestine, Drapht, Hunter & Downsyde, Layla is not one to mince her words. A newcomer in terms of album releases but definitely not in contribution, Layla released her debut full length LP in 2005. Aptly titled Heretik it showcases a girl like no other, with the skills to produce the first Australian Female hip hop record that men would actually buy.

What is the best thing about being signed to Obese Records?
If I got really fat it would be quite relevant and I could get away with it.

How do you feel Block Party reflects Australian Hip Hop in it’s current state? 
It just shows that there are kings in the scene and it’s a growing genre that’s going to keep producing quality tracks.

If you could be any other artist on the Obese Roster, who would you be & why?
I’d be Dazastah cos he’s got a hot girlfriend or I would be Trials because I’ve always wanted to have a beard.

Where do you think You, Obese & Australian Hip Hop will be in ten years? 
Married

What will you bring with your performance?
Free dildos for all the sluts.

FUNKOARS
2 of the fattest, 2 of the skinniest and collectively 4 of the drunkest men in Australian hip hop, the Funkoars are all Rick James. They are known to be Pornographic Connoisseurs, Mischievous Drunks & above all fun loving Alcoholics with an interest in penetrating you in ways that affect your internal organs. Their antics have left many a hotel room trashed and earned them places in such important polls as ‘Inpress’s Most Trashy events’ for 2004, Girls drop your panties it’s time for the Funkoars, MC Trials.

What is the best thing about being signed to Obese Records?
Our wonderful pal Pegz has given us a platform to pollute the friendly market with unfriendly use of the English language and make women overestimate our importance. It’s also rainbows and kittens to say things in passing conversation like, “did I mention that I am on a record label?” and “Hi, my names Trials, I am a signed rap music magician”. Good times, great friends.

How do you feel Block Party reflects Australian Hip Hop in its current state?
Unfortunately there aren’t enough bare chests and fake accents to truly reflect the greatness of our scene at the moment, however, on the other hand it certainly gives the kids a chance to have a taste of the real shit before their minds are poisoned. Support the real, suicide bomb the rest!

If you could be any other artist on the Obese Roster, who would you be & why?

Probably Trials. That kind of masculinity and natural charm is rare in a man with so many prosthetic limbs.

Where do you think You, Obese & Australian Hip Hop will be in ten years?
Obese will still be on top of the food chain occasionally giving scraps to gazelles and zebras while swinging proudly from branch to branch. In ten years I plan to have left the scene with a tarnished reputation, a lot of money, less shoulder hair and the overpowering stench of dead hookers.

What will you bring with your performance? Will there be a repeat instance of the infamous Oars hotel party?

We will be bringing a ridiculously unplanned, unrehearsed bag of tricks that will no doubt result in being booed off stage and a hand full of teenage pregnancies. I’m sure the hotel wont mind 50 or so bad drunks using their suites as toilets for the abundance of sin that comes from putting an entire roster in the same room. But seriously check our set out, it is life changing, we often perform polygamy marriage ceremonies mid set just to keep it real.

Block Party II will feature Muph n Plutonic, Bliss N Eso, Funkoars, Layla, Bias B, Drapht, Art of War, Jase and will be hosted by Reason.  Check ITM whatson for more info.

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