Hillary Butler, also known as Hill-B, is a West Coast Veteran. Growing up as a B-Boy (member of the San Francisco Street Breakers), graffiti artist (Tor-OTC), and rocking the mic since he was 13, Hill-B is no stranger to Hip Hop. This former Super Bowl Champion NFL linebacker has now returned to his passion of music and Hip-Hop.
Now residing in Lakewood, Hill-B has been repping the North West since moving with his family to Fort Lewis, Washington. Butler quickly became a stand-out athlete in football, basketball, and track at Lakes High school. Hill-B was an All-State LB/TE, led the Lancers in scoring in hoops, and also anchored the state champion 4x400 relay team. Hill-B earned a scholarship to University of Washington, where he was a standout scholar-athlete in football. Before earning his degree in Public Relations, Hill-B was contributing member of one of the most successful classes in UW history. During his time as a Husky, Butler was part of the Huskies long run of three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances, winning the National Championship split with an undefeated 12-0 season in 1991. Hill-B also played in the 1994 Hula Bowl, which recognizes the "Nation's Top Senior's".
Even though plagued with injuries throughout college and the National Football League, Hill-B still found himself as a journey-man Linebacker, bouncing around the NFL for seven seasons, before medically retiring. Hill-B was a member of the "Original 10" from the Jacksonville Jaguars and was the 1st Linebacker signed in the Expansion team’s history. He played in two World Bowls in NFL Europe, and still holds the Frankfurt Galaxy’s record for most tackles in a season and single game. Butler had a short stint with the San Francisco 49ers, before being sent to Denver, where Hill-B spent 2 ½ seasons, winning a Super Bowl Championship with the Broncos in 1997. Before getting a chance to win his 2nd consecutive Super Bowl with the Broncos run, Butler finished the 1998 season with the Seattle Seahawks. More injuries forced Butler out of Seattle and back to Denver, but he was forced to call it quits after sustaining a second shoulder injury in 2000. Butler is still involved with the NFL as an Alumnus with such programs as the Seahawks booster club, amongst others.
Hill-B expects nothing less than the same success "off the field" that he has experienced "on the field", as he focuses on his new venture into the music industry. Unlike others from pro NFL and NBA status turned part time rapper, Hill-B stands out on his own and has the lyrical and production skills to prove others wrong, as he takes his passion to full time status. (Nasty Nes Rodriguez, RapAttackLives.com).
Hill-B originally busted onto the music scene in the Late ‘90’s. As a featured artist for longtime friend and college roommate Baldy (Hard Tymez Recordz), Hill-B knew he would pursue his passion fulltime, after feeling crowds response after spitting a hot 16 (verse). After rocking Canada’s Grey Cup Celebration with Baldy and KnuckleheadBanga, Hill-B became member of Alibi, a Hard Tymez Records trio of Hill-B, KnuckleheadBanga, and Dirty Red. Along with Baldy and Hard Tymez Recordz, the independent label experienced radio and sales success that enabled them to continue the trend with a string of 5 albums and over a hundred shows. Alibi, in 2000, toured BC, opening up for major artist in Vancouver such as Snoop Dogg and DJ Jam, Kurupt and Nate Dogg, E-40 and the Click, Naughty by Nature, Digital Underground, and more... Although the label itself went on a brief hiatus for personal reasons, several of the artists from Hard Tymez have continued onto successful solo careers.
Hill-B began his solo career, establishing himself as an artist, producer, engineer, and executive, after creating HeadButt Productions in 2001. Hill-B’s 1st solo album debut "Different Game, Same Aim”, ( which he wrote, produced 11 of 14 tracks, and engineered himself, as well as being executive producer), also featured special guest appearances by KnuckleheadBanga and All Purpose Productions. Additional production on D.G.S.A. came from former Hard Tymez records producer Thrill for At Will productions and California super producers-the Mechanix. You could've peeped his debut singles "It's A Fiesta" and “Believe Me” on "Rock Da Beat-Volume 1 and Volume 3”-Promo Vinyl by Nasty Nes for rapattacklives.com.
Hill-B made his return with a 2010 mix cd release- Back In Da Game: Mixtape Volume One. With special appearances by E-Dawg, General Wojak, KnuckleheadBanga and more. Back In Da Game: Mixtape Volume Two begins to showcase Hill-B’s talents as a producer. Few freestyles from Hill-B, along with tracks produced by Hill-B for HeadButt Productions, and collabs with New Breed of Hustlers, SCUMZ, Baldy Loc, Level G, and more… Hill-B rejoined with his partner KnuckleheadBanga, as the Alibi members unite for the BallOut Mixtape. Tracks from Hill-B for HeadButt Productions, along with production from KnuckleHead Banga for All Purpose Production, plus some remix freestyles. Other appereances by Level G & Big Yogi.
Currently, Hill-B is finishing up his 2nd LP, Going BeastMode, after the release of Going BeastMode: The Mixtape. Once again, Hill-B showcases his talents as a Producer on this mixtape with remixes of major artist like-2 Chains, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and more… Hill-B shows why he is a well respected Artist/Producer. Not only does he spit some of the hottest bars, he also shows his production skills. With his Seahawks themed songs, Hill-B has become a leader for the 12th Man.
Hill-B has produced tracks for such artist as New Breed of Hustlaz, Baldy, S.C.U.M.s, Fugitive Da Felon, KnucklehadBanga, and others… Hill-B continues to perform, as he has shared stages with Shock G, Too short, DJ Quik, Andre Nickatina, Soulja Boy, Keak Da Sneak, Mista F.A.B, Slum Village, Cool Nuts, E-Dawg, Methods of Mayhem and more…
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