Young Fathers Burn Art-Rap to the Ground on ‘Effigy’
Afro-Scottish trio goes hard and heavy in a post-'Yeezus' world
Thus far, everything we’ve heard from Young Fathers has hailed from the Afro-Scottish soul-rap posse’s formative released. TAPE ONE delivered the reggae-infused “Romance” and the percussive rhyme-fest “Sister,” while TAPE TWO provided the Shabazz Palaces-checking “I Heard” and the harmonically spooky “Mr. Martyr.” But all of that was recorded before the group edged into the spotlight. And, perhaps more importantly, before Yeezus happened.
Make no mistake: the Anticon-signed YF have been making darkly adventurous hip-hop music from the jump, but their brand new song “Effigy” verges on Death Grips heavy, and the menacing production wouldn’t sound out of place on an Arca excursion. The trio of singer/rapper/producers feature on a new free compilation put together by the Friends of Friends label/promotional company dubbed Show Me the Future Vol. 2. Also featured: Coyote Clean Up, Larry Gus, the Cyclist, and a handful of other far-out beat freaks.