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This Scottish trio combines hip-hop, R&B, African rhythms, and a sort of art-school hipness into music that's grown steadily more compelling over the last six years. Imagine hip-hop–minded youth seasoning their poetic lyrics, street-savvy vibes, and strangely infectious beats with TV on the Radio, MIA, and Massive Attack, and you get close to Young Fathers. They mix it up with abandon but also with clarity and precision. Lyrical chanting, harmonium, and a thudding bass drum (“No Way”), buzzing, woozy electro-rock (“Low”), and bleak and gritty trip-hop (“Just Another Bullet”) are just a few of the shadings of this mesmerizing debut. It’s refreshing to hear somewhat aggressive urban music that’s not overly soaked in f-bombs or sexual imagery, and Dead gets its unpleasant points made just as easily (with a few choice words here and there). The creepy and unsettling “Hangman” sounds like the soundtrack to that figure’s arrival: foreboding, wheezing, and skulking with a muscular, chain-gang chorus. “War” pretends to be pretty, with airy vocals and twinkling xylophone and handclaps, but it’s a dire warning. Dead is brainy, brawny, and exhilarating.

Customer Reviews

Original, bizarre, and beautiful

I have never heard anything like this before. Mixing elements of rap, gospel music, Death-Grips like percussion, wonderful harmonies, Young Fathers have created a work that is simultaneously aggressive and beautiful. They sound like TV on the Radio making an existential hip hop concept album. Buy it. Favorite Songs: "No Way" "Low" "Am Not Your Boy"

Am I Not Your Boy!

That song hit my soul on a a different level! This album is what you call "Art"


It's hard to pinpoint Young Fathers's sound. At fist flush, it's hip-hop. The Skinny, an Edinburg based ezine, described them as a 'psychedelic hip-hop electro boy band'.The comparisons to TVOTR are certainly there. You will just have to listen to this artfully crafted album and see for yourself. And don't miss any chance to see them perform live.


Formed: 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Put simply, you could call Young Fathers a lo-fi R&B trio; however, they don't completely fit in that box with their wide-spanning spread of alternative rap, indie pop, reggaeton, and electronic music. Formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008 by Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and G. Hastings, the group started performing in nightclubs when the bandmembers were in their teens, ultimately recording a debut album, Inconceivable Child... Conceived, for Black Sugar Records. Shortly thereafter,...
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