If you watched the 2011 ARIA Awards this year you would have seen Perth rapper Drapht scoop up the award for Best Urban Album. You would have also heard him give a huge shout out to his good mate and fellow SBX crew member MC Hunter during his acceptance speech too.
But if you familiar with underground hip hop, you might have asked yourself - who is Hunter?
Hunter (Robert Hunter) was one of the fathers of the local hip hop scene. He developed a reputation as a fierce battle and freestyle MC in the early 90’s, hosted a few radio shows that supported burgeoning Aussie hip hop, dropped tracks that many now consider classics (such as ‘Jam Roll’) on iconic Obese Records compilations and in the last decade released 4 heartfelt and honest LP’s all whilst forging strong friendships with just about every hip hop artist across the country.
Two years ago Hunter was diagnosed with terminal neuroendocrine cancer. His drive to help others and continued passion for music inspired Hunter to begin a project to help children who found themselves in a similar situation. So the Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen album was born. Hunter called on all his mates and got together over forty of the finest Australian hip hop artists (including Hilltop Hoods, Drapht and Koolism) to record 32 new tracks for a double album, all proceeds from which will go to the kids cancer charity CanTeen.
Sadly, Hunter passed away only months before the album was released. He is survived by his 5 year old son Marley. The album now stands as a fitting last testament to a great man, musician and humanitarian.
As Suffa of the Hoods says,"Good music for a good cause, you'd kind of be a prick if you didn't buy the album". So don't be a prick and pick up the CD here or from iTunes.