We are back with part II of the interview. If ya haven’t read part I go read that ish rn. Malaysian Hip Hop artists Maruxa Lynd and Reckless Escapades have been cookin’ up some stuff since we last kicked it with them. Reckless started a new series on YouTube called, Behind the Beat and Maruxa has been sharing some of her favorite Filipino recipes on instagram. Ya might know that their songs ‘Say a Prayer‘, ‘In the Clouds‘ and Reckless Escapades’ latest single, ‘Call 911‘ has topped the charts on Hitz FM Malaysian English Top 10.
This talented couple ain’t stopping there. They got more hits coming your way as they plan to reach audiences around the globe.
Maruxa Lynd, you were in an alternative/ indie band. Why switch to hip hop?
MARUXA LYND: My teenage days were literally full of angst just like any other teen, but that was also the phase where I found admiration towards poetry/spoken words. Every time I was mad at my dad (don’t know why I even had issues with him) or when I’m having immigrant kid issues (trust me I had to deal with a lot of racist shit), I would write about it in my book and I write it in rhymes. I guess that’s why hip-hop was always close to my heart y’know. Cause to me hip-hop was and always have been poetry with beats.
Switching to hip-hop, it has always been on my mind but I never really had the opportunity cause also back then, hip-hop in Malaysia was not as big as what it is now. Back then the ‘IN’ thing was rock bands and I thought to myself that being in a band would be my stepping stone. That was also what my band mates said. They knew I loved hip-hop but they also understood my plans. So when I was in the band, I slowly collaborated with other acts to kick-start my solo career and the rest was history.
I did post spoken word vids on my personal YouTube around 2011 and did rap verse vids around 2017 on my Instagram just to see people’s feedback back then and I said to myself, “If I don’t do it now, I’ll forever regret it”. I did record a few songs back in late 2017 – Feb 2018 but they weren’t released.
Who were your music influences?
MARUXA: I gotta say the major ones would be Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Future, Drake, Qveen Herby, Tommy Genesis, Ty Dolla $ign, Beyonce, Doja Cat, Lil Debbie, Kali Uchis, Lana Del Rey andddd C Breezy!
RECKLESS ESCAPADES: My biggest influences in music are Drake, Young Thug, Future, Frank Ocean, Title Fight, Glassjaw, At the Drive-In. I listen to a all kinds of genres but mainly hip-hop, R&B and alternative rock.