Hooligan (rapper)

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Birth nameJohnston Farrugia
Born (1980-09-23) 23 September 1980 (age 39)
Qrendi, Malta
Years active2002–present
WebsiteFacebook page

Johnston Farrugia[1] (born 23 September 1980), better known by his stage name Hooligan (or Hooli), is a Maltese rapper. He is known for being a pioneer in hip hop music in the Maltese language.[2] Although most of his songs are in Maltese, he has a few songs in English.


Hooligan was born on 23 September 1980.[3] When he was 13 years old, he became a fan of Snoop Dogg.[1] At the age of 19, he moved from his hometown Qrendi to Żurrieq.[4]

Hooligan's career began in 2002, when he worked on the opening theme song of a Smash Television show.[4] In February 2003, he released his debut album Oriġinali Bħali, and it was an immediate hit in Malta. After this success, he performed in many musical events in Malta and Gozo.[5] In summer 2004, he released the single Nieħdu Buzz, which was followed by his second album Hooliġinali in 2006. Hooliġinali also included a music video of Nieħdu Buzz.[2]

His third album, called Triloġinali, was released in July 2012. The album included a few tracks in English, and some songs combined Hooligan's usual hip hop with dance music.[6]

Hooligan is a supporter of Manchester United F.C. and the England national football team.[1]


Studio albums

  • Oriġinali Bħali (2003)
  • Hooliġinali (2006)
  • Triloġinali (2012)


  • Nieħdu Buzz (2004)


  1. ^ a b c Portelli, Joseph (31 October 2013). "Music News Malta interview Janvil & Hooligan from Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija 2013 Finalists". Music-News.com. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "'Hooliginali' – Hooligan's New release". The Malta Independent. 10 September 2006. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ "About". Hooligan Malta - Facebook. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b Azzoppardi, Doris (February 2009). "Il-Hooligan B'Qalb Tad-Deheb". Soċjetà Mużikali Santa Marija Qrendi (in Maltese). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ Cocks, Joanne (18 July 2012). "Rapper Hooligan takes a look at life". Times of Malta. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  6. ^ Bugeja, Michael (29 July 2012). "Hooligan releases his third album". Times of Malta. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019.