ELK’s Hunter

It’s not often that one man has the impact on the cultural and musical landscape of a city as much as Perth Hip Hop pioneer Robert Hunter.

As part of FORM’s Public campaign to bring art into the community, Australian stencil artist E.L.K created a tribute and memorial to Hunter on Museum Street.

Robert Hunter, Hip Hop pioneer, father and digital communicator, is the man we have to thank for the Perth Hip Hop scene we know today.

Hunter or Huntz, grew up in the Perth suburb of Yokine and was a founder of the Perth Hip Hop scene in the 1990’s.

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He released five records in his career including one posthumously and made multiple contributions to Australian Hip Hop. He was inducted into the WAM hall of fame in 2012.

In 2009 Hunter was diagnosed with terminal neuroendocrine cancer, which causes tumors in the endocrine and nervous systems, most commonly affecting the intestine.

After battling for nearly two years, Hunter’s life was tragically cut short in 2011 at the age of 36.

His death was commemorated by an ‘AUS All Star’ gig and football match in his honour. Each event featured artists from the Australian Hip Hop community and raised money for charity.

As a monument to Hunter’s legacy, E.L.K’s Museum Street artwork has allowed Hunter to leave his mark on Perth for one last time.

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