Australian hip hop legend, Hunter, lost his battle with Endocrine cancer two years ago this month.
After Hunter passed away in October 2011, his ex-partner and mother of his son, Laura took on the enormous responsibility of coordinating the release of 'Bring It All Back', a nine-track album recorded by Hunter during his final year of life.
“It's a massive, massive relief for me. It's been a project that's been two years in the making. To be able to finally see a hard copy that I can hold on to is pretty special. Just to be able to honour his memory by releasing what he was working on. Especially because he was so close to finishing it when he passed.”
The release of 'Bring It All Back' leaves friends, family and fans with a sense of finality over the rapper’s untimely passing.
“It's definitely a feeling of closure. I feel like I've been able to do what I committed to do. It's quite cathartic being able to see that I could actually make it happen. There were times during the project where I got to the point where I thought 'how long is too long?' and at what point do you say ‘it's too hard and I can't do this?’
"To be able to actually have done it and finished, it feels pretty good. [The hardest part was] working to a timeline I guess. Because there was so many different people involved and we had to collect different bits and pieces from different producers.”
Not only did Hunter leave behind Laura and son Marley, he also left behind a legacy among Australian hip hop artists and fans.
“He was the biggest Australian hip hop fan. He was a fan first. He was always really encouraging of the young up and comers, whether they were from Perth or the eastern states.
"I think there's a lot of people out there who got a lot of confidence from having him listen to their music and say it was good or it was not good or you could improve on this or that. His dedication to the scene as well was pretty amazing.”
‘Bring It All Back’ is available now. To win a copy, click here.