The guys from Hilltop Hoods have crushed Triple J Hottest 100 of all time, ranking in at number 17. Congratulations go to the guys, we all know this is thoroughly deserved!!
Authors: M. Lambert, D. Smith
Released: 22 September, 2003 on The Calling LP
Produced by: Hilltop Hoods
Recorded: Adelaide, SA
“That was definitely a turning point for us,” agrees MC Suffa, one third of Adelaide’s finest hip-hop outfit. Alongside bandmates MC Pressure and DJ Debris, the Hilltop Hoods frontman is well aware there’s a lot of love out there for the Hoods’ ode to the people in the back rows. “When Triple J started playing it, that was our break,” he admits, the track coming three albums into a career which kicked off back in ’91, when the friends met at Blackwood High School. “We started getting a lot of festival gigs, show offers, stuff like that,” Suffa recalls. The Calling would become Australia’s first gold (35,000+) hip-hop album.
“We were at rehearsals the other day, and we were putting together a set list,” Suffa laughs, when asked if having an anthem is a hindrance. “And Dan [Pressure] said to me, ‘You gotta put ‘Nosebleed’ on the set list – you realise you’re gonna be playing that song for the rest of your life, don’t ya?’” The Hoods, however, reckon they don’t mind one bit. “It’s all good. We love playing it,” Suffa agrees. “If it was a track that was lame to perform I’d be bummed out, but it’s such a fun track to perform, it’s fine.”