Dillin Hoox was born in Mahabad, Kurdistan, in 1985, in the middle of the horrific Iran-Iraq war, barely avoiding the gas attacks brought on to his people by a then powerful Saddam Hussein. Four years into his life, with a hostile environment continuing to loom amongst them, Hoox’s family immigrated to Canada. After moving from coast-to-coast, living in both Halifax and Vancouver, Hoox finally settled in Ottawa – the Capital city that he proudly represents today. With so much on his mind it seemed only natural to write down his thoughts and piece together his emotions as so many of his family members had done as successful poets in Iran.
Determined, inspired, witty, and well-spoken are excellent ways to describe this young MC who has done anything but show his audience where his boundaries lie. In recent years, Hoox has started to deliver tracks with more inner thought and emotion; songs that deliver a message largely focusing on the struggles of Kurdistan and the Kurdish people. He speaks of suffering and rejoicing, Kurdish heroes like Mustafa Barzani and the Peshmergas, and he lyrically documents his own personal life and growth. While initially coming up as a “punchline rapper”, Hoox has grown into a much more versatile and diverse artist who is aiming to make classic music. Still, you can’t deny the lines Hoox packs in from verse to verse.
Hoox continues to raise awareness for Kurdistan by explaining the struggle his Kurdish people have endured throughout history. A song entitled “Home Land” ended up being the 1st version to a series of tracks under the same title and the series was embraced by Kurdish fans round the world – a population of 30 million people and counting.
“I’ve been making music for many years now, but not till I released “Home Land” did I realize what kind of impact my voice had. It was incredible to see how many people could relate to the struggle. As sad as it is, struggling goes hand-in-hand with Kurdish culture. It was great to see that I could touch a person through my music. There’s nothing like it. Music with a message; people need to hear the facts.”
Hoox has also began to expand the reach of his message through live performances, including a small multi-city tour in Romania. He has also made various television appearances including on Global TV’s Everyday Heroes segment that featured HipHopCanada founder Jesse Plunkett, Rapcity, MuchVibe and a segment on Jupiter TV. Online he has been featured on WorldStarHipHop, HipHopDX, Ballerstatus, HipHopGame, HipHopCanada and various other reputable sites. With only a small catalogue of music officially released, Hoox has managed to obtain over 2,000,000 video views on YouTube via a couple of music video releases and a large quantity of fan made videos.