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Young Fathers: Hip-Hop with an Electrifying Twist

Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham “G” Hastings don’t just bend the rules. The Edinburgh-based trio smashes them entirely and rearranges the rubble into something entirely new. Since forming as Young Fathers in 2008, the group and their sound have explored countless corners of the musical world, carving out their own niche along the way.

Funky Fusion

Young Fathers’ sound is difficult to pin down. They fuse hip-hop with elements of electronica, merging mind-melting beats with entrancing synth loops. Boiling energy crashes with stirring basslines, chants and pounding drums. Each song has an impressive texture that gives listeners something new to explore with each listen. The trio effortlessly swings between tranquility, rage, bliss and sorrow through their staggering four albums and two EPs.

Their debut album, DEAD, recently turned ten years old. Over the past decade, Young Fathers’ sound continuously evolves and mutates, feeding off unabashed, unapologetic and unbridled experimentation. Despite how each of the trio’s many songs stand out against one another, they are unified by their unwavering energy. Whether Young Fathers are exploring hip-hop, punk, rock, trip-hop or lo-fi, they do it with all their might.

Reflection and Recognition

The past 16 years of collaboration and creativity have earned Young Fathers much-deserved recognition. Most recently, they’ve been nominated for Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Alternative/Rock Act in the Brit Awards. Furthermore, Heavy Heavy just won Scottish Album of the Year, making this the third time the group has won the award.

Young Fathers will be bringing this talent live on their tour kicking off in March. They’ll be traveling to London, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto, Chicago, Indio, Phoenix and San Francisco. In March, Young Fathers will be performing alongside King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Charlotte Adigéry, Slowdive and many others at the annual Wide Awake festival.

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