Lecs Luther is a contentious addition to the Irish rap scene for those engaged with it. Arguments against him boil down to the fact that there’s not much of an Irish identity to him. His debut music video was shot in Brighton and he doesn’t rap in a discernible Irish accent, favouring the voices of those across the Atlantic like MF Doom and Tyler, The Creator while borrowing tropes from Tyler’s Odd Future’s collective. That said, the song that got him noticed is called ‘Dia Duit’, he lives in Dublin when not studying and he represents a new breed of artists who are looking beyond the local scene, working with internationally-based producers and getting people excited about rap, “Irish” or not in the process.
Describe yourself and your music.
I’m an ex-stick up kid turned poet. My music could be said to be weird and diverse, I grew up listening to jazz so I try to incorporate that rhythmically in my tracks and match it with some naughty flows.
How did you get started?
I’ve always wanted to spit but have always been shy with what the lads would think or people and that has always been the case up until recently. I kinda just hit an epiphany and it turned out to be a good one and haven’t looked back since.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Being around my friends, lots of fistfights and banging out some music for people to listen to on the way to school and have the owlones going mad.
Who or what inspires you?
Growing up in Dublin and Quentin Tarantino movies.