Friday Fatlist

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“I couldn’t decide if I should go all throw-backs or all new joints for this, so I’ve decided to do 5 relatively new tracks by current artists I’m a big fan of, and 5 of my personal favourite tracks dating back to the early 90s”- Ben Funnell

01. Joey Badass- Christ Conscious

I’ve been following Joey since his first mixtape ‘1999’ and he keeps progressing with his delivery and flow. His beat choices stay on point and I’m really looking forward to his official debut LP which drops in January. “Christ Conscious” is the second single off the LP and has a great video. First single “Big Dusty” is also well worth checking for.

02. Melanin 9 aka M9- Amulets

UK rapper and member of Triple Darkness, M9 dropped this killer 12” on Blunted Astronaut Records this year. 12” singles seem fairly rare these days but since this track doesn’t appear on any of his album releases it was well worth the purchase.

03. Timeless Truth- Wavelength

This video features a cameo from one of my all time favourite producers Large Professor, who also produced this track from Timeless Truth’s forthcoming album “Cold Wave”.

04. Mick Jenkins- Dehydration

Incredibly powerful video for this standout track from Mick Jenkins’ mixtape “The Water[s]”. One of the newer artists I’m a huge fan of right now.

05. Killer Mike- Reagan

I was going to include a new Run The Jewelz video here as I’m a huge fan of both RTJ records, but due to the current social/political climate in the US I decided this Killer Mike track was appropriate. This has an awesome animated video which really enhances the message in the lyrics.

06. Eric B. & Rakim- Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em

I had been into Hip Hop for a couple of years before Rakim’s 3rd album “Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em” dropped in 1990, and I was already a big fan of his earlier work. When I was 13 years old rapping along to this album I felt like I was Rakim and nobody could f#@k with me. 24 years later I play this album and its the same thing. I ordered the cassette at my local record shop having only seen/heard the title track on Rage, and I can still remember the afternoon I picked up the album, ripped off the plastic and played it the whole way through on my walkman as I walked home. Every track was flawless – and the feeling of hearing an already revered artist lift his game even further above the competition as well as his own previous work was the ultimate G-up. Its a feeling I’ve been chasing ever since and why I continue to buy new music to this day.

07. Black Sheep- Flavor of the Month

Another one I first saw/heard on Rage back in 1991 and I remember copping the cassingle for this track with “Butt, In The Meantime” on the B-side. Was the perfect lead up to the “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” album which is still one of my all-time favourite rap records.

08. Lord Finesse- Hip 2 Da Game

From the 1995 album “The Awakening” – Finesse has one of the best voices and flows in the business, and this is probably my favourite song of his. “You can’t mess with the rap lord, that’s like saying you can dunk when you can’t touch the backboard”.

09. Heltah Skeltah ft. O.G.C.- Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka

I’m a huge fan of the entire Boot Camp Clik, especially the debut albums from each group. This killer track is from Heltah Skeltah’s 1996 album “Nocturnal”. At the time this was so grimy and raw – a perfect contrast to a lot of the jiggy ’shiny suit era’ stuff going on at the time.

10. De La Soul- Stakes is High

I remember copping the “Stakes Is High” album and Nas’ 2nd LP “It Was Written” on the same trip into the city when they dropped back in 1996. Both incredible albums in their own right, with Nas’s record representing a shift towards his mafioso persona as he was experiencing huge success and financial gains, and De La Soul maintaining their down to earth, relatable everyman stance. Pos and Dave deliver some of the most poignant verses I’ve ever heard on this track. Easily one of my favourite rap songs of all time.

11. Public Enemy- Brother Gonna Work it Out

Again, due to the situation surrounding the not guilty verdict in Ferguson, Missouri Ive included this incredible track and video from PE’s 1990 album “Fear Of A Black Planet”. The video also features a portion of the “Contract on the World Love Jam” intro – probably the best intro to an album ever.


KERS 010 - King 1400px (With Text)Kerser’s 4th LP in as many years, KING is by far his best and most accessible, despite being the most brutal.

A success story no one predicted, MC Kerser is the most polarising voice in Australian hip hop, epitomising the notoriously hard-living suburbs of Sydney’s outer west.

With trademark, unapologetic, honesty, KING documents Kerser’s incredible trajectory from his stomping ground in Sydney’s West [‘C-Town’], the fight he’s undertaken to get out [‘Put Life In Rap’] and the hard-won realisation that success creates its own problems [‘Forever’.]

Though championed by the marginalised society he emerged from, some early fans have fallen by the wayside, accusing Kerser of flaunting success. The industry you’d think would respect the numbers, appear to see the rapper as too close to the crime-ridden scenes he’s been forced to leave. It’s a fascinating, no doubt frustrating, situation for the fiercely loyal, unashamedly honest and humble MC.

Stuck in the middle, Kerser rejects self-pity, using the dichotomy as a source of strength, making KING his best album yet. Accessible, despite its brutality, with storytelling at its sharpest and Nebs production never better, KING is headed for the top of the charts, with a special fold-out poster included with the physical CD for the fans who keep Kerserthere. It’s the relationship with supporters that forces the music industry to reconsider success; despite his hard upbringing, Kerser inspires legions of fans to push harder, and expect more.

Initially gaining notoriety in an emcee battle with 360, before nearly breaking YouTube with his promo clips [clocking up to 100,000 views in 48 hours], first record The Nebulizer [2011] signaled Kerser’s deadly serious intentions. Second album, the ruthless No Rest For The Sickest hit #1 on the ARIA Urban charts, #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts, and #14 on the overall iTunes charts [and was ‘Most Stolen Album From JB HiFi’], before the tour DVD debuted at #1 on the National ARIA Charts, beating P!nk. By then a festival veteran, and selling out shows nationally, fashion labels approached him for endorsements – usually the other way round – which saw sales tripling when he showed garments on social media.

Third LP S.C.O.T [2013] was held at #2 on the iTunes charts by superstar Katy Perry. A week later S.C.O.T was #5 on the main ARIA Charts and #1 on the ARIA Urban Charts. The S.C.O.T. National Tour DVD [Sept, 2014] provided never-seen insight, debuting at #2 on the ARIA Charts. Held back by Hillsong Church, Kerser was still ahead of The Wiggles Best Of, Queen Live At Wembley Stadium and Andre Rieu in the Top 5 showing how his fans return the love and loyalty he’s shown them.

One of the most humble artists in the game, Kerser is finally gaining respect, despite sticking to his self-belief – a trait sometimes mistaken for cockiness. His unconventional rise to fame, free from the filtration of radio programmers and the limitations of genre quotas, created a loop hole in the system. Accumulating well over 220,000 Facebook fans and more than 15 million YouTube views with little to no radio play, Kerser has risen to the top by telling his story without filter. An unlikely hero if ever there was one, Kerser has become an icon for hope, resilience and resourcefulness, inspiring hundreds of thousands nationally.


1. Intro

2. The Truth

3. C-Town

4. Lonely At The Top

5. Forever

6. It’s Nothing

7. 225 feat. Rates, Jay Uf

8. Taken Away

9. Fantastic

10. Underground

11. Smokin’ Up

12. Put Life In Rap

13. My Favourite Shit

14. KING feat. Nebs

15. On My Way

16. Feelin Like


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From amidst the hard-living notoriously crime ridden suburbs of Sydney’s outer west, an epitomizing voice has emerged in the form of Kerser.

Following the success of chart topping No Rest for The Sickest National Tour 2013 DVD which slammed P!nk and hailed #1 place on the ARIA chart week of release, comes the highly anticipated second installment in the Kerser DVD series, S.C.O.T National Tour 2014. With up close and personal behind the scenes footage as well as high powered performances captured in the countries capitals, we take a journey with Kerser as he’s joined by fellow mate and hype man Jay (UF), DJ Victor Lopez, as well as close brother and fellow hype man Rates.

For fans this is a chance to relive the experience all over again, for those new it’s an introduction to an energetic and truly inspiring performer.

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Growing up in the northeastern NSW town of Lismore, Profecy had little to no exposure to the ever-changing Hip Hop scene of Australia, through which he developed his own unique sound by trial and error. Profecy then relocated to Brisbane in 2010 where he completed and released his debut EP ‘Let the Music Play’, which gave him exposure amongst the larger Hip Hop community and enabled him to perform alongside some of Hip Hop’s best selling artists including Thundamentals, Illy and M-Phazes.

In 2013 Profecy gained positive recognition from music critics nationally when he dropped his ten track mixtape ‘The Arrival’. Now in 2014, Profecy is back with his forthcoming EP ‘The Release’ set to drop as a digital only release through Obese Records Distribution August 29thexhibiting the constant search for the witty wordplay and startling beat.

Walk With Me encompasses youthfulness in the most adept way possible; the anger, the unrequited emotions, the frustration and bliss and the bittersweetness of life. Walk With Me is bass heavy, but still carrying a summer-breeze sense to it.

Profecy, already receiving positive feedback from the media, is quite hopeful to receive a warm welcome back with ‘The Release’.

“Honest rhymes coupled with killer vocals.” – Maggie Collins, Triple J

“Quite honestly one of the finest Australian hip hop tracks I’ve heard in some time, with stand out production. Definitely an artist to watch.”Mark Dragham, TheAUReview


Buy The Release on iTunes.

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Teaming up as 750 Rebels, Jake Biz, Lazy Grey and DCE are set to drop their first official single ‘Pig City‘ with their fellow rebel Overproof Pete. ‘Pig City‘ is taken from the upcoming Kold Heat album set to release through Obese Records Distribution in October.

To accompany the digital single release, the boys have teamed up with Dolan from DF Des1gn to put together two video clips.

Check out the clip for ‘Griz vs Biz’ below, also taken from the soon to be released Kold Heat album.

Buy Pig City here.

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DL_COVER Born in 1993 also known as on of the golden eras in hip hop, Double L has been a rap baby from day dot, reciting Eminem lyrics from the tender age of four. Now, sixteen years later, Double L has made an impact on the Australia’s underground hip hop scene with his YouTube videos which have attracted thousands of views. With a reputation as a notorious misfit among past teachers and peers, Double L expresses his unique approach to life through his lyrics. Teaming up with up and coming producer Marvelous (MRVLS) for the album’s entirety, Double L‘s sound is riding a new wave of hip hop. Watch the Still Waters Run Deep Album Teaser: Follow Double L on Facebook.

Purchase Still Waters Run Deep here.


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Cooking with Caustic: From Mercury to Pluto, out 18.07.14

Hailing from the artistically bountiful Blue Mountains come Cooking with Caustic, a soul/hip hop/funk collective unlike any other.

Cooking with Caustic consists of core members Caustic (beats, keys and production), DJ Cost (turntables), Jarv Benaud (bass), Stephen Noble (saxophone), and Marc Brown (trombone).

Though they’ve been jamming for years; first meeting whilst working in hospitality together, From Mercury to Pluto is the group’s debut LP. The album pays homage to the classic sounds of 90’s hip hop, as well as focusing on big beat, groove, and turntablism.

“Rather than an album being about one vocalist, this is about a collection of voices that work together but provide the listener with variety too. We also have a focus on instrumentals, where turntables and musicianship can come to the fore.”Caustic

Guest vocalists on the LP include Queen B, Blackjack Davey, Madame Wu (Madame Wu and Elise Graham), Mikoen (Daily Meds, Reverse Polarities), P.Smurf (Daily Meds, Reverse Polarities), Mute MC (Reverse Polarities, Mute X Roleo), Tenth Dan (Big Village), Charlotte Craib (Rumpunch), Broken Thought Theory, Ev Jones (Jones Jnr), and Loose Wayne.

“A lot of us are kind of science/music/cartoon nerds. Hence all the sci-fi samples and references.
Voice samples are mostly from old radio shows, there’s something awesome about those old accents.”

The track ‘Journey from the Inside Out’ features Mute and Blackjack Davey, explores themes of birth and life’s journey in a sombre fashion, juxtaposed with its cartoon-like production. With its 50’s doo-wop backing vocal performed by the band, the heavily swung beat and double bass groove gives the song a lurchy feel.
‘About to Fly’ features Tenth Dan, Madame Wu, Ev Jones, and Queen B. Lyrically the track is about doing the things you love, cos you only live once”. Though uplifting overall, the track’s minor key combined with the melancholy of the lyrics gives the ‘About to Fly’ further depth. “There’s a bird call throughout which was recorded from my garden. It’s a wattle bird, they make that call a lot in the morning, so it’s a real waking up in the mountains sound for me.” – Caustic

‘No One’ is an instrumental track speckled with vocal samples which include the words “no one”. The track got its origins from a pitched down guitar sample taken from a Two Toes track, and a Queen B vocal sample from a 2005 recording. The beat; constructed from MPC sequenced beats, is layered with live drums and percussion.

Possessing a cohesiveness and maturity rarely found in a debut album, Cooking with Caustic have come to define their own unique brand of music in the form of From Mercury to Pluto.

“Music’s a pretty compulsive creative outlet for us; we fill most of our time with it. The band’s a big creative family.”Caustic

Watch the From Mercury to Pluto  promo video:

Pre-order From Mercury to Pluto from Obese Records or  iTunes.


M-Phazes will be releasing a compilation album featuring some of his all-time favourite collaborative moments from his back catalogue. This sort after collection of production mastery is aptly entitled The Works.

Back in twenty-ten M-Phazes released his ARIA award winning album Good Gracious, which featured an all-star lineup of Australian Hip-Hop artists.  With the release of  The Works in 2013, M-Phazes will be displaying his international connections, featuring some of Hip Hop’s most elite, and sort after vocalists over his now world famous beats.

Boasting pre-released tracks from Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch ft. Jill ScottSlaughterhouse and CL Smooth and more, The Works is an insight to Phazes‘ remarkable knack for networking and establishing musical connections.
Watch ‘Still Standing’ with Pharoahe Monch ft. Jill Scott music video:

Release Date: 28.06.2013
Released By: Obese Records

Pre-order limited signed copies of M-Phazes’ The Works from JB Hi-Fi here.