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OriginNiigata Prefecture, Japan
Years active2004 (2004)–present
LabelsUniversal Music Japan
Associated acts
  • Boxer
  • Sunsqritt
Past membersDJ Katsu

Hilcrhyme (ヒルクライム, Hirukuraimu) is a Japanese two member hip-hop group. The band's name is a pun on the Japanese pronunciation of hillclimb and the word rhyme. They are best known for their 2009 hit song "Shunkashūtō", which has been certified for 1,000,000 cellphone digital downloads and 1,000,000 ringtone downloads separately.[1][2] The group was named the New Artist of the Year at the 24th Japan Gold Disc Awards.[3]

In December 2017, group member DJ Katsu was arrested for marijuana possession and subsequently left the group.


Hilcrhyme first met when Toc performed at a regular music event called Nettaiya, organised by DJ Katsu. After the event finished in 2005, the pair focused working together as a duo, mostly centering their activities around Niigata.

The pair's first official release together came in March 2007, when they released Nettaiya, a demo album. In July 2008, the group released their debut single, "Mō Byebye", independently through Nao Plan management. Hilcrhyme debuted as a major label artist a later, under Universal.

The group's second major label single, "Shunkashūtō", became a massive digital hit in Japan and brought the group to fame. It has currently sold more than 1,000,000 cellphone digital downloads, 1,000,000 ringtone downloads and 100,000 PC downloads.[1][2] Since then, the band's next single (a re-release of "Mō Byebye") and their debut single, "Jun'ya to Manami", have been certified for being downloaded more than 100,000 times as a cellphone download.[1][4]

Their song "Loose Leaf" was selected as the theme of the 2010 drama adaption of manga Flunk Punk Rumble, becoming their first drama tie-in theme song.[5]

On December 1, 2017, group member DJ Katsu was arrested on charges of suspected marijuana possession. On December 4, the group's recording contract with Universal Music was cancelled. DJ Katsu's management contract with the company was also cancelled.[6]



Year Album Information Oricon
2007 Nettaiya (熱帯夜, Tropical Night)
  • Released: March, 2007
  • Independently released demo album
  • Formats: Free download
2010 Recital (リサイタル, Risaitaru) 2 202,000


Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
Oricon Singles Charts
Billboard Japan Hot 100
RIAJ digital tracks
2008 "Mō Bye Bye" (もうバイバイ, Bye Bye Once More) Independent release. 80 1,800 Recital
2009 "Jun'ya to Manami" (純也と真菜実, Junya and Manami) 24 53 38 8,000
"Shunkashūtō" (春夏秋冬, Four Seasons) 6 2 1 138,000
"Mō Bye Bye" (もうバイバイ, Bye Bye Once More) Major label re-release. 18 21 3 14,000
2010 "Daijōbu" (大丈夫, Alright) 6 6 1 35,000 MESSAGE
"Loose Leaf" (ルーズリーフ, Rūzu Rīfu) 7 9 1 35,000
2011 "Okubyo na Ookami" (臆病な狼, Cowardly Wolf) RISING
"No One"
"Personal COLOR" (パーソナルCOLOR, Paasonaru COLOR)


  1. ^ a b c レコード協会調べ 12月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:12月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). January 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  2. ^ a b レコード協会調べ 2月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:2月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). March 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  3. ^ "THE JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD 2010" (in Japanese). RIAJ. February 24, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  4. ^ レコード協会調べ 3月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:3月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  5. ^ ヒルクライム、新曲が初のドラマ主題歌に決定. Oricon (in Japanese). 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  6. ^ "Hilcrhyme's KATSU Arrested For Marijuana Possession + Group Dropped From Label". JpopAsia. 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  7. ^ a b c d "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-04-26. (subscription only)
  8. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. Archived from the original on 2010-11-10.
  9. ^ 有料音楽配信チャート (in Japanese). RIAJ.

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