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State of the Art

Hilltop Hoods

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Unquestionably the most popular hip-hop group to come out of Australia (where they released the country's first platinum-selling rap album), Hilltop Hoods have been around since the early '90s and dropped their first EP in '97. Though they're relatively unknown in the States, they're huge in their homeland, having released a half-dozen excellent full-lengths between 1999 and 2010. Avoiding fake gangsta clichés, they instead focus on razor-sharp lyricism, rock-solid beats, actual vinyl scratching, and highly musical production via both samples and live instrumentation. (Their project The Hard Road: Restrung features accompaniment from a full symphony orchestra.) State of the Art overflows with impressive wordplay and ear-tickling tracks. Their style is clearly influenced by rap's golden era, but it never falls into corny/retro territory; it recalls the good old days without aping outdated styles. Check out "Parade of the Dead", "Recapturing the Vibe", and "Classic Example", featuring Pharoahe Monch. 

Customer Reviews


I love the hilltop hoods just wish I could find the track "nosebleed section" as it is their best song but is nowhere to be found on I tunes! Can anybody help?!? Or let me know where I can find it??

Nosebleed Section (:

How come iTunes is allowed to have this album, while many of there greatest and best songs are on other albums, like The Hard Road and The Hard Road Restrung ??? the nosebleed section is found on this album, which is an absolutly AMAZING song !!!

Adelaide rocks

Amazing album, up their with hard road. Chase that feeling is one of the best tunes. Really like to find this nosebleed section on iTunes.


Formed: 1993 in Adelaide, Australia

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Australian hip-hop outfit the Hilltop Hoods formed in Adelaide in 1993. MCs Suffa and Pressure met as classmates at Blackwood High School, recruiting DJ Next through a mutual friend. While inspired by American conscious rap icons like Public Enemy and KRS-One, the Hilltop Hoods took their name from the Hilltop, the nickname given the suburb where Suffa and Pressure were raised and rapped in broad Aussie accents; their debut EP, Back Once Again, appeared in 1997, and two years later the trio issued...
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