This was evident from the reaction to the crew’s last album, State of the Art, the biggest selling Australian Hip Hop album of all time. Not only did it hold the number one spot for two weeks, it won two ARIA’s and turned out to be a multi-platinum monster. MC’s Suffa and Pressure continued their art of weaving tales of everyday life into razor sharp musicality, while DJ Debris remained the backbone of the band’s formidable live show. An album so big, so fresh and so well executed, State of the Art transformed the perception of Hip Hop in Australia.
Hilltop Hoods have proven they can take their sound to the far corners of the globe. They’ve toured everywhere from Switzerland to South Korea, appearing at such festivals as Glastonbury, Splendour In The Grass, Oxygen, Openair Frauenfeld, Splash Festival and have spent years grinding out acclaimed headline tours.
Apart from their accomplishments on stage Hilltop Hoods have also enjoyed success off stage with their own label, Golden Era Records. An incubator for some of the country’s most exciting artists (Vents/Briggs/Funkoars), Golden Era Records is widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest Hip Hop labels. Apart from the label, the Hoods continue to give back to the local scene through the ‘Hilltop Hoods Initiative’, a grant that the Adelaide trio established in 2005 to support up and coming Hip Hop artists around Australia.
The group continue to move forward at light speed without ever looking back, and their new album, Drinking From the Sun, is no exception. The first single ‘I Love It’ Feat. Sia was released to widespread acclaim in Australia reaching triple platinum status. This song, alongside the second single, 'Speaking In Tongues' Feat. Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) are the first tastes of an album three years in the crafting.
Hilltop Hoods joined Eminem on his Australian tour and embarked on the national Big Day Out festival tour (one of Australia’s biggest festivals) preluding their 6th studio album and secured the cover of the March issue of Australian Rolling Stone. All this before Drinking From The Sun reached the No.1 chart position on the Australian ARIA charts for 2 weeks running and reaching platinum status within a week.
Now after years of working independently to share their music in the States the Hoods will be ‘officially’ unleashing themselves on the American market after recently signing a deal with Fontana (USA). Drinking from the Sun was released in U.S. through Golden Era Records/Fontana and went Platinum.