Artist : Yugen Blakrok
Album : Return of the Astro-Goth
● SECRETS OF THE PATH ● DARK STAR ● MEDUSA COMPLEX ● SOMEPEOPLESAY ●
For some people South Africa is not the first place you think of when looking for up-and-coming hip-hop emcees/lyricists but that is exactly the stomping ground from which Yugen Blakrok rose from. With a name that could easily be an anime superhero, it is hard not to pay attention to this young emcee. What stops you in your track, is Yugen's slick lyrics that are authority defying, pulling all the punches! You can tell from this album that Yugen Blakrok was influenced by the greats such as The Fugees, De La Soul, Public Enemy and Wu Tang Clan. It is almost like a tribute to the foundations of hip-hop all mixed with 90s scratch and impeccable sampling! Yugen's genre is almost post-apopcalytical and Afrofuturistic in nature. There is a dark sombre mood created almost entirely by the tone of her voice. She leaves no stone unturned as she sticks it to the establishment!