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Yugen Blakrok

Yugen Blakrok

“ARGUABLY YUGEN BLAKROK HAS EASILY CREATED ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2013″

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– INSOMNIAC MAGAZINE –

Growing up on a small farm in the Eastern Cape, Blakrok began listening to Hip-Hop during the late 90’s… the last dying days of the ‘golden era’, when substance far outweighed swag and the youth of America where still being conscious-ised by artists such as Public Enemy, Organized Konfusion and the Zulu Nation… as well as the more spiritually infused sounds of Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest.

Inspired by these powerful words of black consciousness and self-emancipation Blakrok’s journey into Hip-Hop had begun.

Listening to her music over a decade later one often catches strong glimpses of these foundations; her lyrics are mosaics of social commentary infused with layers of mysticism and consciousness, layered over “beautifully dark and lush boom bap backdrops”.

In 2009, Yugen meets Grandmaster Shorty Skilz of Iapetus Records, who suggests she hook up with spliff-obliterating superproducer and sampletologist Kanif the Jhatmaster.

They strike a musical chord and she signs to the label.

Since then, she has been making music and touring with fellow stablemates Hymphatic Thabs, Gin Grimes, WitchCrAft, Fifi, Zetina Mosia, as well as with the late great Robo the Technician.

As a solo artist she has shared the stage with some of the dopest artists in the country as well as performing alongside renowned international acts such as Public Enemy, Copywrite, Soweto Kinch, Jeru Tha Damaja and Jonzi D.

She has also featured on several recent international releases such as Poetic Death’s ‘Only Godz Relate’ alongside Planet Asia, as well as Veto Mega and Jak Progresso’s latest offerings.

Her debut album ‘Return of the Astro-Goth’ independently released through Iapetus Records in October 2013 has already been hailed a classic in several international reviews, and has received considerable international airplay, notably by Chuck D himself on the PEPR radio show.

Blakrok’s biography courtesy of her Facebook page.

Please click on the following links for more about and to support this incredible artist.

https://twitter.com/YugenBlakrok

http://iapetusrecords.bandcamp.com/album/yugen-blakrok-return-of-the-astro-goth

 

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