After evolving from the former Kade MC to the more matured Mr. Ruckman in the new year of 2013. This insightful rapper has been on hiatus from gigging in preparation of his new record The Born-Again Humanist, a concept album seeing release July 26th through Obese Records Distribution. Mr. Ruckman is a provocative Sydney emcee who’s been toiling away in the underground for over a decade, generating interest and insight through his passionate music and lively performances.

Mr. Ruckman presents lyrics of a skillful caliber, complimenting the raw production of local musicians to acclaimed hip-hop producers Simplex and Jacob Giles.

Listen to ‘Dark Poet’ on soundcloud below:

Release Date:26.07.2013
Released By: Obese Records Distribution

Purchase The Born Again Humanist from JB Hi-Fi here

Force: Force, out 26.07.2013

Melbourne born and bred and raised on a diet of traditional hip hop both local and abroad, Force has been steadily building as an artist since his 2009 debut album Clouded, which featured Maundz, Hunter (RIP), A-diction and more. From there it was evident that a respect for the art form reigned true.

It’s now 2013 and whilst nothing has changed in the respect for the pioneers, the sound Force is bringing certainly has. After forming Down For The Count Records and releasing a slew of crew products, Force has now teamed up with Jacki Onassisproducer Zarkov (Raph) to release a genre bending album that takes listeners on a journey of effortlessly blended hip hop with an aggressive electronic driven edge. All whilst maintaining the gritty, raw, flow driven style Force has become known for.

Alongside Force the album features some of Australia’s best hip hop artists from the stables of Born Fresh, Crate Cartel, Obese Records, Broken Tooth Entertainment and Down for The Count Records.

Tommy Illfigga, Sparts, Fluent Form, Fraksha, Dialectrix, Sinks, Muph, Mol One, Baptist, Pompei and Deece all join in to deliver a truly unique listening experience.

Listen to ’Inner Dark’ from Force below:

Release Date:
Released By: Down For The Count Records
Distributed By: Obese Records

Artwork: Chad Mann of Third Half Design
Produced by: Zarkov
Format: Compact Disc and digital (itunes & bandcamp)

Purchase Force now from Soul Clap Records here 
Purchase Force now from JB Hi-Fi here 


Hyjak has returned in 2013, this time with his first solo studio album entitled The Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Not having released anything since 2009 in the form of Hyjak N Torcha‘s UnregrettableHyjak has been feeling the pressure of standing on his own two feet as a solo artist. Nevertheless, he returns to the fold more focused and lyrically articulate than ever.

Only a few seconds into the album Hyjak has already laid his cards on the table, dissecting his own faults while simultaneously rising above them. Hyjak‘s most honest autobiographical work to date; The Light at the End of the Tunnel is an emotional roller-coaster ride. With lyrics which paint vivid and evocative pictures, Hyjak recreates past experiences through his lyrics.

With production from a vast assortment of producers, the impressive list includes Ciecmate (Broken Tooth Entertainment), Pokerbeats (Germany), and Jolistics (TZU).

Guest vocalists featured on the album such as P. Smurf (Daily Meds), Hau (Koolism), and Brooklyn native Rock from Heltah Skeltah (Bootcamp Click), emphasize the widespread respect Hyjak has earned over the course of his rap career.

With an excessive amount of music being released in the current industry climate, due to the accessibility of producing software and the rise of the DIY ‘bedroom studio’, Hyjakwanted to give his fans an album which stands out from the rest. With that aim, The Light at the End of the TunnelThe LP was carefully engineered and crafted a large format console, using nothing but world-class analogue and digital gear to create a timeless sound.

Check out the clip for ’All I Need’ below:

Release Date: 12.07.2013
Released By: Obese Records Distribution

Purchase The Light at the End of the Tunnel now from iTunes here

Purchase The Light at the End of the Tunnel now from JB HI-FI here

Frankston In-store: RATES

Rates will be appearing in-store at our Frankston shop on Thursday the 25th of July, between 4-5pm! Save the date.

Don’t forget to grab a copy of his debut album Destroy & Rebuild to get signed up!

Kimence: One View, out 05.07.2013

Kimence has been writing for most of her life. As a young person, writing poetry aided her to rationalize and evolve through troubled times. Since then, Kimence’s relationship with the pen has not only become rewarding, but empowering.

Testament to Kimence’s knack for networking, One View includes production mastery from some of our country’s best. Including Simplex of Terra Firma, Suffa from Hilltop Hoods, Trials of Funkoars, Admin, Psycho Les of NYC group The Beatnuts. Among the hand-picked vocal contributors are K21, Simplex, Alerts, Psycho Les, Raph A.L., Mnops, Monsta Ganjah, Tana Kingi & Jayde Lowther.

Title track, ‘One View’ sees Kimence team up with long-time collaborators Simplex and Alerts for a fast paced exchange. Bold horn loops, crashing symbols, and sparkling piano lines together with premium scratching make ’One View’ one of the most hard hitting tracks on the album.

Retrospective track ‘The Quest’ is set around Kim’s struggles during the making of her album, and the journey of “a female trying to make it in a man’s world”.

The haunting Simplex production is driven by heavy beats, and minor guitar loops, emphasizing the stoicism of Kimence’s words.

Showing her thematic versitility ‘Hooked Baby’ is a comical number characterized by 70’s guitar loops. The beat, supplied by Admin, came with the key sample which motivated the track’s gold digger theme.

A big advocate for her local scene, Kimence’s reverence for hip hop music and its positive impact on the community is what drives her. Being a female emcee is widely regarded as a tough gig, but Kimence has earned, and continues to earn the support of industry heavyweights with her tenacity and conviction.

“I would love to not only see my music enjoyed by others, but to see this album inspire other females who have a passion for Hip Hop to step up and make it happen.” – Kimence

One View will be released digitally through Obese Records Distribution, and in stores through Butterthief.
Check out Kimence’s new music video for ‘Descending’ below





‘Like’ Kimence’s Facbook Here

Release date: 05.07.2013
Released by: Obese Distribution (digitally only)


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.



After a very successful 2012 centred around his widely revered album This is How We Never Die, Chasm has returned in 2013 with a fresh approach to releasing his music.

The Chasm EP series, the second of which will be released on June 14th, comprises of four separate digital releases, each featuring a different vocal artist. The collaborations, in true Chasm style, will spotlight artists from his international network including Guilty Simpson (USA), Blak Twang (UK), and our very own Monchichi (AUS), Skryptcha & Rachael Berry (AUS).

Entitled Smoking Aces, the second instalment from the EP series features rising star and triple j Unearthed feature artist Monchichi. With a mish-mash of production styles on offer, Smoking Aces switches between reggae samples, synth leads, and boom bap beats.

Chasm first encountered the Sydney-based emcee when Monchichi supported the legendary Smoke DZA live. Impressed, Chasm checked out Chi’s work with Coloured Noyz, before inviting him to join forces on what would become the second instalment in the EP series, Smoking Aces.

Watch Smoking Aces mini doco:

Release Date: 14.06.2013
Released By: Obese Records

Purchase Chasm’s first EP Diamond Cuts from iTunes here.


Destroy and Rebuild is the debut album from one of Sydney’s most thought provoking lyricist. 

Providing an insight into a dark world constructed within the walls of a racing mind. The album boasts solid features including Sydney’s king Kerser, crazily talented Jay (uf), and Geelong’s very own Fatty Phew, all bringing  their own flavour to this crazy album. With great production from DiscourseTorntsNebsElliot WaiteGeko and Seven Six. Destroy and Rebuild truly is a journey from start to finish.

Watch ‘Ferocious’ promo clip:

Release Date: 14.06.2013

Released By: Rates & Obese Distribution

Pre-order  Destroy and Rebuild from Soul Clap Records here.

Keep up to date with Rates on facebook here


From the underground hip hop group Window DownNekta & Flush lock pens and embark on a long overdue project. Common Wealth, the name of this album, comprises of 15 straight up hip hop tracks, which extends the barriers of written words.

From concept driven themes, to raw punch line bangers, the two emcee’s have brought it together to give homage to their roots as well as a fresh new chapter of hip hop for this country’s ears to bounce their heads to.

Release Date: 07.06.2013

Released By: Nekta & Flush & Obese Distribution

Check out Nekta & Flush‘s official Facebook here


Perth native Bitter Belief (Syllabolix) will be dropping his sophomore album The Gallery through Obese Records Distribution. 

The LP features the likes of The TonguePurposeBriggsHauCreed Birch, Mr Grevis and more.

With producer Creed Birch handling most of the album’s production, the two have been working together for years developing their sound. Production credits also include M-PhazesCam Bluff and Rob Shaker (who also handled cuts, mixing and mastering).


Check out the video clip for lead single ‘The Circus’:

Release Date: 31.05.2013
Released By: Bitter Belief & Obese Distribution

Purchase The Gallery from iTunes here.

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