Hilltop Hoods Biography

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The Hilltop Hoods are the face of Australian hip-hop.

Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, the supergroup consist of MCs Suffa & Pressure and DJ Debri. Their name originates from a part of Adelaide known by all local B-Boys (someone who identifies with the hip-hop culture (consisting of MCing, Breaking (break dancing) and graffing (graffiti)) as the Hilltop, where they were born and raised. Another local rapper, Flak, from the group Cross Bred Mongrels, recommended ‘Hilltop Hoods’ and the name stayed.

Suffa & Pressure were in the same homeroom at Blackwood High School, in the early nineties. At first they despised each other; ‘We were in home room together and didn’t like each other one bit. Pressure had a busted locker, and every morning I’d piss myself laughing as he battled the locker for his books. Pressure didn’t like me because I had a mullet and a jacket with a Motorhead patch on it.’ But they eventually became friends through a mutual love of music. Soon they were listening to nothing but hip-hop and together began writing rhymes to help get by in history lessons.

Over the next few years they began rhyming more and more until it occupied all their spare time. In the early days, DJ Next did all the scratching, but in the late 1990’s, chose to pursue a career in IT, and had to depart from the group. DJ Debris stepped up from producing to become the Hilltop Hoods full time DJ. And so they remain to this day.

The Hoods have had four successful recordings;
 Back Once Again (EP- 1997)
 A Matter Of Time (LP- 1999)
 Left Foot, Right Foot (LP- 2001)
 The Calling (LP- 2003)
And are soon to be realising their fourth LP; The Hard Road, in March, 2006 (with the single Clown Prince released in February). The Calling reached gold status in Australia, making the Hoods the first Australian hip-hop group to achieve this.

Avoiding becoming sell-outs and ‘candy rappers’, the Hilltop Hoods made a conscious promise to themselves from day one; to represent their worlds, lives, and country. But keeping true to yourselves in the ‘business’ of hip-hop today is not easy; nowadays only a small, selected handful of respectable rappers are making large numbers, while sugar-coated Neanderthals with no lyrical ability or talent are making it big.

Yet, the Hoods have stayed true to themselves and their fans, though it has been a long Hard Road. Turning down offers from major labels to stay true to their roots and independency in indie Australian hip-hop label Obese Records (Fatter Than Ya Mumma), Hilltop Hoods continue to work the mic, and have garnered fans and followers from all around Australia. Even if they don’t follow hip-hop, so many still respect and admire the Hoods for their hardship, dedication and undeniable talent.

Life’s a blind struggle that’s why fate keeps tripping over me

Thanks to Vince Cicchino aka Havok MC call1800_beatme@hotmail.com for submitting the biography.

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these guys are really un real | Reviewer: KAthleen | 2/28/11

Hey these guys are really un real i gotta say they are the best hip n hop urban muisc ever...i never heard of the hill top hoods til couple of years ago when my mate was playing it at a party...Hill top hoods are the best.

facepalm | Reviewer: Reece | 4/4/10

To the Seppo moron, they might not be "real" but at least they can fucking spell. I hope you get shot "keeping it real".... Real dumb. Ever think that it's idiots like you who don't know what's fucking realistic? We're Australian not American so shut up cause you obviously don't know what is realistic for an Aussie compared to American gang wankers who think they're top shit.

Hilltop do what most "gangstas' can't draw in people who don't like hip-hop

Respect from Canada | Reviewer: Kyle Doel | 12/8/09

I recently made friends with an australian exhange from Cairns, Australia, Hilltophoods has already spread a bit in Canada, but i hadnt heard of them up until i met her. They are fucking amazing, my favourite hiphop grp and im not even australian.

Our closest to that in Canada is Classified (pretty sure another canadian mentioned it) but they arnt as good as Hilltop.

American fag | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/19/09

Aye to the american faggot, uz dickheads will never get how it goes ova here m8. If therez a fight we fight if therez shit to do we do it, apart from that we fuckin relax my son. Smoke up an relax to this shit hero. Anyhow we Australian an ur a yank, da hilltops are aussie so fuck ya opinion MATE

hilltop hoods are dope | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/08

for the guy below me...most people in aus dont see guns and shit everyday, which is why people in aus like this music. i dont think hardcore really means you shuld have to rap about guns anyway, like some rappers, mainly from the straights, rap mostly abotu guns and violence but there reaps are pretty shit, one dimensional, and boring. everytime i listen to a hilltop hoods track a i get really into the music and lyrics and if you pay attention you will see they are pretty fucking talented, despite whether or not they make the same bullshit raps about guns and violence everyone else does. They represent a truthful honest view of life and in a cool way, thats why they are good. and it jsut fuckin sounds great.

are you serious? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/17/08

lol, are u serious? hilltops hoods by far are whack, i mean look, fair enough they tryna do their thang der own way, but listen, they dont have much to rap about, they dont see guns ev'day, so if a rapper from tha states rap about whats goin around em, y'all say its not real hip-hop. Australia needs to knowledge their are better rappers right now, inside Australia rather then hilltop hoods! they need to stop braggin on about how they real, they aint, they just some punks that are just writing rhymes, not being realistic with whats goin on around tha world. i mean look at the hardroad track he is complainin about droppin outta school to work, some people cant even go to school, whats so hard about that? lol, hilltop hoods need to stop gettin over dem selfs, im a rapper, i know im way and i mean way better, and im not white by tha way, sorry to disappoint, peace

These guys are unreal | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/17/08

I have to say these guys are one of the best hip-hop groups out today. I give them big credit for putting some unbelievable stuff together. Also if you like these guys you may want to check out Classified he is a canadian hip-hop star that is very similar and beats it up with what he does. and dont forget Swollen Members there pretty good as well.

hilltop, thats where the blood runs... | Reviewer: bmitch | 9/15/07

the hilltops hav 2 b my favourite music group by far. these guys had it pretty hard when they were younger and hav built there way up from nothing. there music is sick and i respect wat theyve done and who they are. Full Props to the hilltops!!

Hilltops Rule | Reviewer: Bjadew | 8/20/07

I love the hilltop hoods. They played an awesome show in Adelaide for The Hard Road Restrung. When my daughter was born all we could settle her on was Hilltops, now she is 2 and she beat boxers along to all their songs. Even my mum loves them. And they are hot. We love Vents as well,he rocks. Not bad for little old Adelaide.

The best. | Reviewer: L!V | 7/22/07

Utterly superb. This group redefine the Hip-Hop movement. They are superlative in comparison to any other rap you have ever heard. Drop your shit preconceived notions and listen to something that actually matters. And what's more? Well, when you don't spend money you made off good music on Drugs, you can afford to re-record your entire last album with a live orchestra. Fucking awesome.

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