State of the Art is the fifth studio album from Hilltop Hoods, Australia’s premier Hip Hop crew. The album is the Hoods’ official follow-up to their 2006 award-winning album The Hard Road.
It’s been a long time coming, but State of the Art is everything Hood fans could have wished for. It’s dark, heavy, challenging, raw and occasionally funny. It’s State of the Art in sound and soul.
Prepare to be surprised from the explosive opening track, the aptly-titled ‘The Return’, right through to the closing cut ‘Fifty In Five’, which sees the last fifty years deconstructed and reconstructed in a flash right in front of your very ears.
State of the Art is unmistakably the Hoods, but quite unlike anything they’ve ever done before. Lots of guitars, strings and other sounds you can’t quite make out all interweaving in a cutting-edge cacophony of words, rhymes and the heaviest of samples.