Australia’s Obese Records started in 1995 as a small record store named OB's in Melbourne’s southern cultural hub, Prahran. Since these understated days, it has grown to become one of the most important independent labels in the thriving Australian Music Industry. Purchased in 2002 by Tirren Staaf (Pegz), the label was created as an outlet for the distribution of Australian hip-hop, hitherto ignored by major labels and craving a commercial outlet. Reason’s Solid was the first album released on the label and, never one to lose touch with its roots, Reason’s The Tides Are Turning became the label’s 61st release.
In 2003, Obese artists Hilltop Hoods released their seminal album The Calling, which became the first Australian hip hop album to attain Gold sales status, since achieving platinum sales and thrusting Oz Hip Hop into the mainstream of Australia’s musical consciousness. The band’s 2006 full length, The Hard Road, has also reached platinum sales, while 2007’s The Hard Road Restrung and their 2007 DVD, City of Light, have both been certified gold. Obese and the Hoods were also recipients of ARIA awards for Best Urban Release in both 2006 and 2007 and Best Independent Release in 2007.
2008 saw the label expand its horizons with the release of Muph & Plutonic’s third full length album,…And Then Tomorrow Came which was nominated for a 2008 ARIA award. Along with critically acclaimed albums by Drapht (the smash hit Brothers Grimm), Chasm, future stars Spit Syndicate, new signings Thundamentals and Dialectrix, the year proved to be the dawn of a promising future. In 2009 Obese welcomed new talents Skryptcha, Illy, and Mantra into the fold, alongside albums by longtime Brisbane heavyweights Coalition Crew and a new group featuring label boss Pegz, Dialectrix, and Joe New titled Gully Platoon.
Still one of Australia’s best and most prolific independent Urban labels, Obese has created fundamental credibility with the consistently outstanding quality of their releases.