By Rachel Milling
From a viral video to club appearances and now Collab’s, Jack Lynch, more commonly referred to as “MC Lynchy” has made quite an impact on the MC scene which can only mean positive things for aspiring Mc’s and rappers. Over the last few years, the title ‘MC’ has lost credibility among the hip hop scene due to the overshadowing of alternative genres.
The video that shot Lynchy to fame was recorded on a mobile phone back in 2014 at a bus stop in Co. Limerick, Ireland. The video shows Lynchy making his own rendition of Phillip George ‘Wish you were mine’. The video was later uploaded to Facebook where it took off and generated more than 2million views over a short period of time, thus giving Lynchy the reputation of an overnight internet sensation. I don’t think anyone expected the video to go as viral as it did, especially not Lynchy. Although in saying this, the internet is very unpredictable in that there is no telling what will be the next big trend or viral video to be viewed all around the world.
As time went on, the video shares continued to cultivate, prompting Lynchy to become more active on social media outlets and regularly uploading more videos to both Facebook and YouTube, purveying his diverse freestyles. These videos along with his covers of other artists’ well-known songs helped Lynchy clock a following of over 200,000 people which got him spotted on YouTube by the Industry Entertainment Group for Management which he later signed to.
In May 2015 of the same year he was signed, Lynchy sat down with Stevie Martin “Rainy Boy Sleep” and co-wrote his first single “Spotlight” which he performed live on The Late Late show on RTÉ. The single is signed to Universal Music Ireland and has over 100,000 hits on YouTube.
In an interview for the Limerick Leader, Lynchy stated, “What got me into the MCing is the style and pace of the songs, how they could rap and rhyme so fast. Rap is originated from the heart, and I like to include what I see everyday.”
It seems that Lynchy is most sought and requested for small gigs in Ireland, which makes sense as that’s where his status on Europe’s rap scene originated. Being from Ireland myself, it is encouraging to see Lynchy doing so well and having a strong fan base not only in his home country but also further afield as his most recent success was a gig in the Netherlands. MC Lynchy is undeniably talented and I hope his recognition continues to grow as he clearly has a knack for what he does.
(Lynchy’s single ‘Spotlight’ can be listened to via Spotify or YouTube, along with his additional covers and even his renowned bus stop video.)