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Melissha Martinez (born 1978), better known by her stage name Maya Jupiter, is a Mexican/Turkish Australian rapper, songwriter, MC and radio personality. She released her debut album, Today, in 2003. She was a member of hip-hop group, Foreign Heights, with MC Trey and DJ Nick Toth, which released a self-titled album in 2007. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2007 the trio was nominated for ‘Best Urban Release’ for “Get Yours (Remix)”. From 2004 to 2008, Jupiter hosted the national radio station, Triple J‘s weekly Hip-Hop Show. Thereafter she pursued her solo career based in Los Angeles and released her second album, Maya Jupiter, in December 2010.
I was rapping in high school so I was actually an MC first. But I had been dancing my whole life since I was five years old. But ballet, tap, jazz style of dancing and stuff. But I found out about the breaking classes and I started going down because I just wanted to learn how to break dance as well because it looked like so much fun. And being a dancer I just thought you know I’m going to pick this up, this is going to be fine.
I just enjoyed being around like-minded people and Mistery was, he is like a mentor to me. He is so nurturing and so supportive and really funny to be around. And he’s like the big brother to everybody. The big bro. And everyone goes down there and he asks, how you going? What’s been happening? He’s always there for you kind of thing. And I think it was just a fun place to be.
He was really behind the resurgence of breaking around Sydney. So when breaking wasn’t a part of the popular culture any more, wasn’t in the mainstream it was still happening in the centre. People like myself started growing up, and you know two years later, three years later in their own towns go back home and start in their own communities would open up breaking classes at either the PCYC or the community centre. Or they would teach in high schools.
I think he just sets a really good example to people in terms of like not following a path of self-destruction of crime, of drugs or whatever, but a path of – like I said the place felt so positive and so safe. It was more like leading people by his example in terms of you can make something of yourself and you can be anything that you want to be.
I mean Hip Hop reflects who you are. You can’t hide. When you write your lyrics down it’s not like a pop song where somebody says here’s a song about a boy who breaks up with a guy whatever and gives it to you to sing and then you have to sing it with all your emotion. Hip Hop you can’t hide from it. Because it is so personal when you’re writing it, it’s going to come out no matter what, even if you try not to. Because that’s where you’re drawing from. You’re drawing from yourself, from inside your own heart.
I think brethrens are, music really reflects who they are as people and their values and what they believe in. And it’s also like fun too. It doesn’t always have to be serious.
Appeared on the 2005 Documentary Film Skip Hop Vol 1 Released on Rubber Records
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia