Ten years ago, when Australian hip hop was little known, still struggling to be heard, Obese Records released the first ObeseCity compilation. Emcees and producers from across Australia, who are now revered as pioneers, contributed tracks. The likes of Hilltop Hoods, Muph and Plutonic, Bias B, Pegz, Hunter and many more, united to give their young genre a stronger voice.
Now, ten years later, Obese Records has much to celebrate as an independent label. With over sixteen rostered artists, an extensive distribution roster, three platinum records, three gold records, four ARIA awards, and countless fans from around the world. The genre has become a voice for the Australian youth, magnified by the support of triple j, community radio, and now commercial radio, street press, music magazines and online blogs.
On August 17th this year, Obese Records will release ObeseCity 2; a dual-disc compilation showcasing the brightest and most promising new artists in Australian hip hop. With emphasis on the label’s distribution roster and independently established acts, every track has been exclusively selected for the compilation. In addition to the long list of contributing established artists involved in ObeseCity 2, two places on the track list have been filled by ObeseCity 2 Competition winners Dwizofoz of Brisbane, Queensland, and DVS from Dandenong, Victoria.
OBESECITY 2 FEATURED ARTISTS
Ciecmate & Mouf (ft DJ No Name Nathan)
Dialect & Despair
Spit & Mac
Lazy Grey, Jake Biz & Dj Dcide
Fluent Form & Has-Lo
Mr Hill & Rahjonkas
In Good Company
A big man with a big presence. At 25, Dwizofoz is a man who has put in as much work for hiphop as veterans twice his age. A young leader in the Brisbane hiphop scene who has earnt a reputation as an animal on the mic with his unique rapid fire flow delivery, honest and clever yet hard hitting and thought out lyrics and an undeniable passion for what he does.
Perhaps most recognisable as the host and founder of Real Talk Battle League, Dwiz was Voted ozhiphop.com “Best Freestyle Mc” in 2010 and released his “Baked Not Fried” EP the same year and is currently in the process of putting together his debut album “Art Intimidates Life” due for release late ’12. It’s safe to say Dwizofoz is a name we’ll all be hearing a lot more from for years to come.
“BRAND NEW DAY”
Written and Performed by Dennyson “Dwizofoz” Willoughby.
Beat Produced by Russ “Insideus” O’Reilly.
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by James “Strooth” Davis at FourSixNine Studios.
DVS (Dandenong Verbal Syndicate), are an Australian hip hop group from the suburb of Dandenong, Victoria made up of three members; QuickSmart, NeverSettle and MindQuest.
Originally formed as a graff crew, DVS was founded by Neversettle and MindQuest. The group comprised of many members, one of which was Quicksmart. The name ‘DVS’ served as an acronym for various phrases such as ‘Displaying Vicious Styles’, ‘Destroying Victorian Suburbs’, as well as ‘Dandy Vandal Squadron’.
Now a hip hop group, the trio have spent many years laying down individual and group tracks as a hobby in the confined spaces of their respective bedrooms. In late 2007 the first DVS EP, produced entirely by Mindquest and Neversettle, was released. A 12 track work entitled Dandenong Verbal Syndicate 02-2006, received airplay on PBS radio in Victoria. DVS went on to perform at venues across Melbourne, from the iconic Federation Square, to The Johnson and The Prince of Wales.
Now with their first LP on the horizon, DVS are ready to take it up a notch.
“DANDENONG HIP HOP”
Written and Performed by QuickSmart, NeverSettle, MindQuest.
Produced by MindQuest