As we’ve already mentioned on Dear Scotland, the Scots invented rap music, so it is no surprise that Edinburgh’s Young Fathers are widely tipped to be the next hip hop superstars to emerge from the UK. Young Fathers will be making their first appearance at SXSW in 2010.

Vic Galloway on Young Fathers:

Scotland and Hip-Hop don’t seem to be obvious bed-fellows, but I’d like to think this will change in the near future. As a lover of all kinds of music across all genres, I’ve been ranting about Scottish rap for years now. Some laugh, some cry… but some genuinely get it!

Until now, it’s probably safe to say that there hasn’t been an obvious star or crew to lead the charge and open the door for others. Big-up to Profisee, Eastborn, Loki, Butterscotch, Respek BA and The Freestyle Master — all of whom get busy on the microphone and need some serious props for their skills and lyrics. Check them out when you can and see why I reckon they should all be stars.

However a certain Edinburgh trio, Young Fathers seem to have the lyrics, the production, the dance-moves and ‘the look’ to burst through and put the Urban scene from north of the border on the map. Like the Beastie Boys but from Auld Reekie(!), they blow up the spot with their brand of psychedelic, electro, party Hip-Hop.

I’ve put them on at gigs, booked them live in session and recommended them to other Radio 1 DJ’s over the last year, and the response has been awesome! They’ve hooked up with dance gurus Simian Mobile Disco and will hopefully drop their killer debut LP in 2010. If there’s any justice, they’re gonna be massive very, very soon!

Scotland on Tour with Vic Galloway, November 23, 2009


Official blurb

YF comprise Ally, Kayus and G three twenty year olds from Edinburgh.

They came together five years ago after meeting at an under 18 hip hop club night and were immediately signed to Black Sugar Records in Edinburgh, Scotland. They became Young Fathers in 2008.

Their first recordings were made in a bedroom cupboard using a plastic microphone from Argos, £10 music software and a karaoke machine.

The group share a common approach of going against the grain and live by a never ‘take ourselves too seriously’ attitude. They also have a determined mantra to find new ways to reflect what goes on around their lives and the effect it has on being young and living in the revolutionary world that is “today”.

In 2009 YF have been busy developing and building their profile. They’ve performed shows and festivals including, Sonar (Spain) T in the Park,Wakestock .Berlin with Vice,Lovebox ,Cazfest and Creamfields. They have toured with Esser and supported The Noisettes, Dizzy Rascal,Amanda Blank and Yo Majesty.


Band website:

Young Fathers – Straight Back On It


Photo Credit: Jerry Balloch

Confirmed SXSW gigs are listed below and will be updated if and when more shows are added.