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[Exclusive Music Video] Hunter / An Interview




AliaK talks with Hunter for Ozhiphop.com about his recent battle with cancer and the release of his collaboration album with Mortar, "Fear and Loathing".

Hunter and Mortar released their new album “Fear and Loathing” in May 2011 — and the guys seem a perfect match to release an album together. Written over a few years, there’s a range of styles, and fans of either of the two will not be disappointed. My personal favourites are the more introspective songs, such as Mortar’s “Expecting to Fly” and Hunter’s “Love and Fear” but there are also plenty of hardcore rap songs for the fans to play at parties and bars around Australia. You can find the album in all good stores supporting Australian Hip Hop, and I’d encourage you to buy all of Hunter’s and Mortar’s albums, including this one—the latest chapter in the Hunter SBX story.

AliaK » I love the samples in the album tracks, both the ones from Fear & Loathing film and the songs based on the titles, they’re quite varied in styles and some I wouldn’t expect to hear in a hip hop track, which made me like them more (The Sound of Music, Tom Jones). Did Mortar do all the music, and how did you go about putting it altogether, in person or remotely? I noticed your Hunter & DJ Vame album mentioned you hadn’t met in person, but this sounds like a different approach. I read in the liner notes, that Mortar suggested the theme, and you went from there. Did you decide on a sample/topic then start writing for that, or write, then find the sample to fit later.

Hunter: Most of the songs were written to the beat, like “It’s not unusual” and “Favourite things”, yeh so most of the samples used, sort of dictated the way the lyrics went for sure. Mortar made all the beats, and we wrote some of it together, or at least put skeletons of songs together, together, then I’d go away and polish my lyrics at home. We think Mortar came up with the idea, we aren’t really sure, as we were both drunks when we started making the album.

AliaK » Hardcore rap, “Nothin’ Nice”, battle raps, drinking raps, cunt raps. On your albums there’s a mix of these and the more introspective songs. Do you have a preference in writing them or are do they just represent the different sides of your personality? What does hardcore rap mean to you? Any influences you’d like to mention?

Hunter: I grew up listening to NWA, Ice T, Public Enemy and Geto Boys, so my influence is definitely with that hardcore edge. We swear a lot in our day to day lives, and we reflect our day to day lives in our music. Mortar and I aren’t the kind of fellas who take girls out on double dates. Back in the day when we started the album, we were the kind of fellaz who went to the pub and got as drunk as we possibly could. We took our shit to the extreme, we didn’t like things — we loathed things. But in saying that, we are smart and intelligent men. We are both well-read, and we may not be educated much past high school, but we aren’t dummies either. We are also not afraid to express ourselves, we got nothing to hide. If people don’t like our music, they don’t like it, we’re used to that. We make music for the people who do like our music. We aren’t trying to garnish or seduce new fans, this stuff is for people who dig it, ya dig?

AliaK » In your albums you shout out to your friends, Syllabolix crew, saying thanks. I love how you’re showing your feelings and love for them in your songs, “Hell & Back” & “Love and Fear”. I think you’re very blessed to have such a great support network, both for music and life. What has having such a crew meant to you?

Hunter: SBX means everything to me, they are the reason I do what I love, and the reason I love what I do. We have all worked together to get ourselves the recognition as one of the dopest Crew’s in Aus! We may not be the hardest working, but we are surely one of the most skilled, most varied, and most productive crews going around… what other other Aussie Crews have got nearly 30 releases under the belt? And they’re all different! We got political shit, party shit, hardcore shit, we got the fuckin’ works I tell ya!

"Drinking was such a big part of my life, that I thought I would not be able to relate to Mortar without drinking together… I wondered why he would want to hang out with me if he couldn’t drink." - Hunter

AliaK » There seems to be a few collaborations on (all of) your albums, is there anyone you’d like to work with but haven’t yet? Who have been your favourites to work with (or perhaps all the guests are)?

Hunter: I love writing with other people, I have enjoyed all the collabs so far. Matty B and I have talked about doing an album one day, but I fear that will be almost impossible due to work loads and schedules. I love working with Daz, and a Done DL 2 is in the pipeline, plus a giant SBX album. As for interstaters, I’m only interested if they show interest in me, I wouldn’t chase anyone. It was good to get the Hoods on something, coz we have been mates with them for years and years, and it was always talked about, that we’d do something some day, so it is good to have finally done it.

AliaK » I love the theme for the album & title, it has so many levels. Links to your name with Hunter S Thompson, the fear & loathing of both of your circumstances relating to your illnesses, the drug fueled partying days & nights, and the past meets the future. The way Hunter S Thompson and his gonzo journalism style puts himself into the action of his stories, similar to how some of your raps are stories with you in the story, rather than talking about other things from an outside perspective, and sometimes the reader/listener (in your case) is never 100% sure which is part of the story or an exaggeration, and which is reality. Even his friendship with beat writers like Ginsberg & Burroughs and their cut-up styles of writing have parallels with cut-up sampling in hip hop music, and I can definitely hear this style in your album. Are these the sorts of ideas you were thinking of when you heard/liked the idea for the concept of the album. Have you read much of Hunter S. Thompson’s work?

Hunter: I have read ‘Fear and Loathing’, ‘Hells Angels’ and one of his collections of essays. Yeh I definitely like his style, and his writing. Am spewing I can’t take drugs like him anymore, coz he really hammered it for a long time, but unfortunately for me, my drug days are pretty much over. I think Mortar understood the link and used it more than I did, though it was obvious with the name Hunter, I would get the recognition for it…

AliaK » Do you think quitting drinking had an impact on your raps and ideas on life and has changed them at all?

Hunter: Quitting drinking has changed everything for me.

AliaK » And the cancer? Personally, I’m inspired by how you’re always so positive, e.g. on Twitter, there’s a few moments of being down, which is completely understandable, especially after the meds change or after the hospital visits, but overall I think you have a great outlook and sound like a really strong & determined person. I think you’re attitude is very inspiring for others and I love how you’ve set your priorities, your son and your music and you are focusing on these. Is there anything you’d like to share about this part of your journey of life?

Hunter: Cancer has taken everything from me, but it has also opened my eyes to a lot of things, and allowed me to move on with my life, and focus on what is really important. If it wasn’t for cancer, I would still be a drunk, and not half as motivated as I am now.

AliaK » The album starts of with more songs about women & interactions with them, “It’s Not Unusual” and “Learning To Fly”, have been a big part of your life. These seem to be the things talked about when guys get together, as well as songs about drinking, like “When I’m Drunk”. Are these the sorts of things you meant in the liner notes when you said you weren’t sure if you’d still be able to relate with Mortar when he stopped drinking due to his illness?

Hunter: Drinking was such a big part of my life, that I thought I would not be able to relate to Mortar without drinking together… I wondered why he would want to hang out with me if he couldn’t drink. Mortar used to come over to my flat with a bottle, and I’d get a carton, and we’d drink the lot. When Mortar couldn’t do that anymore, I figured that we wouldn’t hang out anymore, because the drinking was what we had in common. I knew we could still rap together, but it was hard at first, then I sort of realized I could be the drunk guy, and he could drive the car… and that worked for a while.

AliaK » I like the “no regrets” / “this is how we are” attitude of your raps in “Take Me Away” & “Love and Fear”. There’s a confidence there, in knowing yourself and not needing to change for others, that not everyone has.

Hunter: Yeh I got nothing to hide, I got nothing left, cancer has stripped me bare. I am completely free now, except from the meds - slave to the prescription pad - but free to do what I like, when I like. And not just coz I can’t work, just because I know that my time is limited. All of us have a limited time, but I face it daily that at anytime, my liver might just pack it in, and I’m gone. So I am ready to make what I can. Everything is a bonus now, all the good stuff is double as good, and the bad stuff, well that can go get stuffed — I aint got time for it!

AliaK » Mortar talks a bit about the changes and lost ideas after drinking in “When I’m Drunk”. Similarly, in “One Toke Over The Line” you mention; “only see misery / the darkness is a living entity / that comes to visit me / and leaves me mad”. Is the song based on the Brewer & Shipley song of same title, as sung in Fear & Loathing film? It sounds like B&S version is where the sample is from. A song about excess, smoking and their lyrics go, “like everything I’ve been through, it opened up my eyes”.

Hunter: I don’t know that song at all! hahaha! I have never listened to the soundtrack. Tried watching the movie but I was on acid and started freaking out. That was the day we recorded my verse for “One Shot”, so I don’t know the song, but yeh I’m sure it all makes sense. We definitely linked things here and there, sometimes unintentional… for example, in the song “You Do The Math” I meant to say “one of these nights I’ll have to pick the bat up” in reference to The Eagles sample. Instead, I’d rapped “one of these days”. Oh well, I couldn’t be fucked changing it in the end, a lot of my verses are one takers. I don’t get into doing re-records.

AliaK » “More Pills” with lyrics, “more pills, more problems / more problems, more pills”. The song seems to be focusing on problems and pills, rather than the good feelings of taking them, so it’s a song against taking drugs? Pills cause problems, but are for when you have problems?

Hunter: Mortar’s big complaint with his doctors was that he thought they were treating the symptoms, and not the underlying problems. You know, like “take the darn pills, and we’ll see ya next week for another script”.

AliaK » “Hell & Back”, a few stories of going to hell and coming back from it, just like the title says. The topic feels dark but is there hope/positivity there too?

Hunter: At the time of writing that, I thought I was either gonna be cured or die. I didn’t realize there was a place where you could do both, and neither.

AliaK » “Expecting To Fly”, love this one too. It’s very catchy & starts sweet, a story of young love. “Magic moments, memories we’ve been sharing”. It’s like the song is in two parts, the change in the middle. Silence, a breath in the song when there’s nothing, when young love is lost, the words are lost too for a moment. Ending with the Buffalo Springfield song (with member Neil Young, who performed it later in his career also) “I wondered whether / I could wave goodbye / Knowin’ that you’d gone” it really is a great song, the structure and the way it’s done, the whole feel of the song too. So personal.

Hunter: it took me a couple of listens to figure out what was going on with this song. It is fucking brilliant, Mortar is a great storyteller, one of Australia’s finest, and I hope he one day gets the recognition for that

AliaK » There seems to be lots of 1960s and 1970s songs / samples, are these influences of you both or just in the album due to the Fear & Loathing film soundtrack, or a bit of both?

Hunter: Both I guess, I grew up listening to 1980’s radio, so a lot of stuff I heard as a kid was 60’s and 70’s.

AliaK » “Love, fear and loathing/wrap around me in the night/like my hand me down clothing/everything I see/and everything I do/reminds me that if there’s a God out there/I see you/I be you/every time I hit the truth/of Creation/I see it everywhere/the proof/staring me straight in the face/not a hair out of place/every single cell/a certain grace/and every time I hit the microphone/I lace/over the beat/a treat/from a nutcase named Hunter”

AliaK »Is this the God=self song you mentioned on twitter a while back?

Hunter: Nah, that is something else.

AliaK » Do you have a favourite song on the album?

Hunter: When I’m Drunk or Rock Tonight are my faves, but I like the whole album!

AliaK » Anything else you’d like to mention?

Hunter: Fear and Loathing



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[Edited on 8-7-2011 by LJ]




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[*] posted on 6-7-2011 at 04:44 PM


hunter is a fuckin legend!


Good to see more interviews rollin through here!
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[*] posted on 6-7-2011 at 09:50 PM


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[*] posted on 6-7-2011 at 09:54 PM


hunter is a top bloke!
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[*] posted on 7-7-2011 at 12:02 AM


Done DL was one of the first aussie hiphop albums i listened too, opened my eyes to alot of the local shit going on back when i was 15. Nice interview!



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[*] posted on 7-7-2011 at 12:12 AM


thanks very much to Hunter for taking time to answer the questions/comment on my ramblings. much appreciated! & thanks to LJ for arranging for it too

I'd written another post about his first 3 albums - it's long (even longer than this one). I think Hunter is a great storyteller and I really enjoy his raps - especially the more introspective ones which are on each of his releases. you're right - he's a legend. so open & honest & real

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[*] posted on 7-7-2011 at 02:05 AM


good work

props and best wishes to Huntz. Top bloke.




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[*] posted on 7-7-2011 at 06:11 AM


Good to see an interviewer who's into the artist enough to quote his songs and go into detail. A great read.



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[*] posted on 8-7-2011 at 07:47 PM


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[*] posted on 10-7-2011 at 08:41 AM


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[*] posted on 10-7-2011 at 10:02 AM


good clip/ track.. props hunter



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[*] posted on 20-7-2011 at 11:09 PM


your the man hunter

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[*] posted on 22-7-2011 at 06:29 AM


I take my fitted off to this dude. Strong man.
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[*] posted on 22-7-2011 at 08:19 AM


Quote:
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(From the 2009 album Going Back To Yokine)


Pretty sure that album was released in '06. '07 a the latest.




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[*] posted on 22-7-2011 at 01:49 PM


Yeah 2006, thanks Wrighty. Want a editorial job? ;)

We filmed the clip in 09 which is why it was on the brain I think.. :P




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here is a little video I made promoting something I been working on this last year... has been a hard slog with chemo and cancer trying to bugger things up for me along the way, but me and my team have nearly got it sorted... anyways watch the video, and there will be more info to come...

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[*] posted on 31-7-2011 at 02:14 PM


:( get well soon hunts!

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[*] posted on 31-7-2011 at 07:27 PM


Love the new album best samples
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[*] posted on 7-8-2011 at 04:35 PM


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dope clip, which birds lj????


uh, the non stripper one. White singlet, yellow shoes, awkward looking one. ;)




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[*] posted on 5-1-2012 at 03:55 AM


Hunter is a legend..!! no doubt
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