by Maruxa Lynd
We have always patronized our Korean and Chinese counterparts when it comes to hip – hop but how much do we actually know about our scene when we miss out our own? We applauded Higher Brothers for coming out with Chinese rap songs, but wait, don’t we have the same thing going on right here?
Meet Dato’ Maw – an angry Chinese rapper that reps the Malaysian Chinese rap scene everywhere he goes.
Dato’ Maw started off listening to metal and punk back in his younger years but despite being a fan of the genre, the culture that came along with it didn’t stick to him so he explored other genres until he heard De La Soul. That’s when he realized that hip-hop was his calling.
Being multilingual made him realize that he shouldn’t restrict to just rapping in English and that elevating the languages he speaks fluently makes it easier to express himself and the realness it provides gives his music more attitude. Not putting his music in any genre, Dato’ Maw makes it clear that his music represents himself.He’s not interested in rapping or even talking like a westerner hence why we makes that apparent in his rhymes.
The lack of support in Malaysia in general has led him to bring his music to Taiwan where he worked with Taiwan’s BG8LOCC and China’s JARSTICK on his 2018 single entitled “F*cked Up”. Heading to Taiwan and seeing the fans support towards the artists got him fired up to uplift the scene in Malaysia,with the hopes that the Malaysian Chinese Hip – Hop scene would also flourish and get the attention it deserves. Getting to perform in Urbanscapes 2017’s Raising The Roof last year is not just it for Dato Maw as I foresee greater things coming his way.
His first EP, Myvi + Marlboro, which he released last December got us all in the office realizing that Hokkien sounds really bad ass in rap! The 3 track EP infuses Cantonese,Mandarin,Hokien, Bahasa Malaysia and English language alongside the trap – metal beats which also features rapper A – Kid in his track Feng Tao. If that doesn’t sound interesting at all,I don’t know what is! His music is definitely something that sit nicely in the direction of 6ix9ine , the late XxxTentacion, and South Korea’s Keith Ape.