Young Fathers is an alternative hip hop group based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Alloysious Massaquoi is originally from Liberia. Kayus Bankole is from Nigerian parents. 'G' Hastings is from the Drylaw "scheme" in north Edinburgh. Massaquoi moved to Edinburgh aged 4 and Bankole was born in Edinburgh but spent several years living in Maryland as well as Nigeria before moving back to the city of his birth in his teens. The trio has developed a reputation for making a unique blend of music utilising diverse influences which reflect their backgrounds.
Young Fathers formed in 2008, and recorded their first album, Inconceivable Child... Conceived, with producer Timothy London at his studio in Edinburgh. "Straight Back on It," their first single from the album, released on Black Sugar Records, was well received. The NME dubbed the band "locked somewhere between De La Soul and 3T, but re-imagined for the hipster generation."
Framing themselves as a "psychedelic hip hop boy band," Young Fathers spent the next three years touring the UK and Europe. During this time they released another single, "Automatic," appearing on Channel 4's Big Brother's Big Mouth in 2009 and performing at T in the Park, Creamfields, Wakestock, Belladrum and Sónar amongst other festivals, as well as main support on tours with Esser and Simian Mobile Disco.