Watch This Now: Hilltop Hoods – “Rattling the Keys to the Kingdom”

“I go bananas every time, mind blown Nirvana, Nevermind….”

Always a treat to hear from the Hilltop Hoods, a group I’ve been following and supporting for nearly ten years. In that time, I’ve seen them basically go from an anomaly amongst the Australian hip-hop community to international flag-bearers for what’s going on right here in Oz. They’ve brought a lot of great acts with them along the way, and served as inspiration for countless more. With that in mind, it brings a very special concept to their latest video – one they’ve never really tried before, but one that’s a complete celebration of Australian hip-hop’s past, present and future.

Along with footage of the Hoods themselves, a cast of thousands flashes by the screen, from the young up-and-comers (Sky’HighSeth Sentry) to veterans and trailblazers (ReasonBias B) – all brought together, vibing along to the track. There’s also a very cute cameo from baby Aki, the son of Koolism‘s Hau Laketefu, as well as a touching tribute to the late MC Hunter at the end, who lost his battle with cancer last year. It’s such a simple concept, but I think it’s such an important thing that this has happened – for all the perceived clique-iness and the various sub-sections and groups that can often divide the national community, there is still a chance for all of these acts to come together to show unity and respect. It MEANS something – and it’s not often that a video is able to go above and beyond the call of duty quite like that.

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