Hilltop Hoods hit Hoxton with “Walking Under Stars”
Just a month and a half after the release of their new album Walking Under Stars, the trio of DJ Debris, MC Suffa, and Pressure that form Hilltop Hoods have spent their time slamming stages across North America in support of the new disc.
On Thursday, Sept. 25, they stopped by Toronto and gave us a piece of their minds, their matter, and their microphones. Suffa and Pressure were jumping up high and down low while never missing a lyric or a cue for a switch off between verses. It made me nervous because they’re so tall, and the stage at the Hoxton in downtown Toronto is elevated about three feet, so it’s relatively close the the ceiling. Luckily no injuries ensued. As always they had a live drummer has well, which always gets the crowd, and the volume hyped to the maximum.
I had a chance to speak with the guys before the show at their hotel, and they said they couldn’t be more pumped to play Toronto again, since they hadn’t been back to the city since 2012, when they played CMW at the Opera House – in the middle of March that felt like the dead of winter. It was a solid show, ironically with the same opener as this night two years later. The guys have a favourite here in Toronto to invite on stage when they come to town.
Hilltop was preceded by none other than Toronto’s own D-Sisive, a staple in the Canadian hip-hop community, and a veteran on practically every stage in Toronto. D is one resilient rapper, and now even with fatherly responsibilities on his shoulders and family ties, he still manages to keep going strong doing what he does best. He can juggle a to-do list like he juggles rhymes.The place filled up to the brim as the fans eagerly awaited Hilltop Hoods to come on while the DJ spun old school beats for people to bounce to. They were slated for a 10:30 p.m. entry, but they didn’t go until just about 11. The crowd started chanting their names louder and louder as the anticipation built up.
They hit the stage, they played about four songs of their new album and classics from their previous half dozen albums. The boys have an intense charisma that completely envelops the crowd into the aura of their raps and rhymes. They’re just a group of genuine guys doing what they genuinely love – and they do it well.
I could go on about the show, surely, but, the rest is history that you can now view through this beautiful photo gallery below. Enjoy!
Story by Devin Size Photos by Ftfphotography