Young Fathers – White Men are Black Men Too
“I’m tired of playing the good black, I’m tired of having to hold back,” spits Alloysious Massaquoi on ‘Old Rock & Roll’, over a thudding beat that intentionally sounds nothing like its title. But on White Men are Black Men Too, the second album from Edinburgh’s Young Fathers, holding back isn’t even a passing thought. The record arrives less than a year from their Mercury-winning debut, Dead. Don’t let the close proximity between releases either fool or deter you – this is far from a “part 2.” It’s a separate entity, a further evolution of perhaps the most important act to emerge from Scotland in years.
The band’s mutated genre-morphing incorporates hip-hop, late-period IDM, R&B in its traditional sense and primitive street-drumming – and even that description doesn’t quite do justice to what it is they are doing here. They fearlessly stare down the barrel of racism and oppression one minute; only to turn the gun on themselves the next. Nothing and no-one is safe – and it’s this that makes White Men such a powerful record. If you were too slow on the uptake for when Dead came out swinging in the year prior, don’t dare make the same mistake twice.