If you have a few minutes to read this, I recommend you do.
Here is the note that the CanTeen project came across when reading hundreds of the tributes that were flowing in for our man Hunter. It hasn’t been edited, for extra effect 🙂
I remember the first time I met Hunter. It was after the Urthboy Tour in 09,He was a lot healthier back then. Me & Phil didn’t know a lot about Hunter, but we all knew Jam Roll. Freo were playing Richmond that night, Huntz kept asking for the score mid way through his set. After the show he was hanging with Daz & a few other SBX members. I tapped him on the shoulder & asked for a photo. He did one for each of us. In mine he threw his W up. And in Phils he was holding Monster House. I put the photo straight on Facebook. I got a few likes from friends who knew who he was. Made me smile. That nights stayed with me since that day.
I have seen Hunter too many times to recall them all but a recent time was at Bias B’s final show in Perth for his Bias Life LP. I had a both Phil & Kobe, who I had become best mates with, that night. I wasn’t drinking, due to the Month For Huntz I was paticipating in, so I drove. We parked at my work, not far from The Rocket Room. We got there early. The boys had been drinking & smoking since 4 so they were deep in at that point. We walked to the Rocket Room & paid to get in. We all bought Luke Adams foundation bands. We had a few drinks & decided it was time for a ciggarette.
Robert Hunter died at 7 am Thursday 20th at Murdoch Hospice Western Australia. Hunter had been suffering from terminal cancer since his diagnosis in 2009. He struggled for the last few days and then peacefully passed with his mother by his side.
Hunter’s family are making funeral arrangements and will issue a media statement with details of the special memorial gathering planned for fans and music industry peers.
His mother Trish says “I had 36 years with my beautiful son, he was the light of my life and I am so proud of what he achieved in the short time that we had him.”
Fellow SBX member Optamus says “It’s a sad day for Australian Hip Hop, a true legend and one of my best friends has passed. He has inspired many and will inspire many more, long live his memory!”
Marley’s mum Laura says, “I have been touched by the outpouring of love for Hunter, not just today but for all the people who have supported him with kind words throughout his battle. I am happy to say that we got to spend some quality family time together before he passed. Hunter tried not to let cancer affect his relationship with Marley.”
SBX crew member Porsah Laine who is working with him on the CanTeen charity project says “ I was hoping that Hunter would see the completion of his amazing project, but I’m happy the pain has gone. He’s set a standard for us all, to even in the face of death, follow your passion and always help others.”
SBX will be releasing a special track dedicated to Hunter’s 5 year old son Marley called ‘My Son’, so if you hear it on the radio request it and hit it up on You Tube to mark his sad passing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-n_9mpolrg
Anyone who is a fan of Aussie hip hop will be familiar with the name Hunter. He is recognised for his hardcore sound, was dubbed the original c*nt and most importantly, he is a pioneer of the hip hop scene in Australia. Unfortunately, recent times have been tough for Hunter, and have seen him in a battle with cancer. While undergoing treatment, Hunter is still in the booth creating the music we love, which is a testament to his character and skill. So when I got the chance to ask Hunter some questions, needless to say I felt honoured to be able to interview a true King of hip hop.