Mach-Hommy, the elusive Haitian-American rapper, has been making waves in the hip hop world these past few years with his unique lofi sound and reclusive behaviour.
The Griselda MC’s real name and face are unknown to the masses, and he rarely makes public appearances, yet his music has garnered a cult following, with fans eagerly waiting for his next drop.
Raised predominantly in Newark, New Jersey, but also having spent a considerable amount of time in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where his family is from, the rapper credits his father, who was a folk guitarist, as a significant influence on his own musical style. Growing up, he was exposed to a wide variety of music and developed a love for music early on.
Mach-Hommy’s journey as a rapper began at the age of 13, when he recorded his first verse over the beat of Raekwon’s legendary “Verbal Intercourse”. In an interview with Fader, Mach-Hommy revealed that the recording process was a nerve-wracking experience, especially since nobody knew that he wrote music. The recording was done in his neighbor’s attic, with the help of two older guys, and they had to complete it quickly before the neighbor’s parents returned from church.
Mach-Hommy: My man looped that shit in his basement and put it on a blank cassette. That was on a Tuesday. By the following Sunday, I was recording my verse on some ninja smokescreen-type movements. It was me and two other guys on the song.The Making of Mach-Hommy, Part 1: Designated Unicorn | Fader
I was only 13 years old. My man, the next-door neighbor, was in high school, and his homeboy from across the street was home from college. My Mom thought they was weirdos. She couldn’t understand why they would want me on a song and kept constantly telling me to watch out for older boys that like to take advantage of younger ones. She could never imagine that I was the main one causing all the commotion whenever I was let out the house — not the other way around. I was the baby everywhere, every time. It put me in a space where I was able to operate more competitively with other boys. I was the designated unicorn, and so much so that I was literally taking girls from ni**as twice my age — basically grown men, and not no Chanel Number 5s neither — dime pieces.
The experience was a turning point for Mach-Hommy, as it gave him the confidence to pursue music further. He continued to hone his craft, incorporating Haitian Creole into his lyrics, and eventually gained widespread attention with the release of his album H.B.O. (Haitian Body Odor) in 2016, which he sold for $300 a piece.
Despite Mach-Hommy’s elusive nature, his music speaks for itself. With each release, he continues to push the boundaries of hip-hop and cement his place as one of the most innovative and intriguing artists in the culture.