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Introducing... Young Fathers

By Sinead Garvan
Newsbeat entertainment reporter

It's not often you hear of a hip hop trio hailing from Scotland. In fact scrap that, have you ever heard of it?

Young Fathers
People told Young Fathers their music was mature for their age

Let's introduce you to Young Fathers. They're made up of Ali, Graham and Kayus, all 20-years-old and from Edinburgh.

This year they played the BBC Introducing Stage at T in the Park.

The artists chosen to perform are all picked by DJs from across the BBC Introducing network.

Backstage, two of Young Fathers are spread out on the sofas half asleep, not looking like they're about to give the high energy performance we later see.

Within five minutes they start running around the area behind the stage, star jumping and stretching their limbs as well as vocal chords.

We got together about six years ago at under 18 hip-hop nights in Edinburgh and started recording music
Graham, Young Fathers

"It helps, I'm out of breath a little bit from running but I've got all the energy in my body and system and I'm ready to get down with the get down," explains Kayus.

We manage to pin them to a chair for long enough to find out a little more about them, all the time trying to ignore the fact Ali is changing his clothes.

Graham begins: "We got together about six years ago at under-18 hip hop nights in Edinburgh and started recording music.

"From there we just grew up together making music in my bedroom and then became Young Fathers about two years ago."

As for the name: "People used to say your music sounds too mature for the age you are, old head on young shoulders, is that the saying?"

As for playing to the home crowd, Graham struggled to get his head around it: "I was reading about it, there's like 60,000 people here. There's only five million people in Scotland so that's over a 10th of the population in this field - it's mad."

Young Fathers
The boys do their warm up routine before heading off to do their set

Of all the artists playing the BBC Introducing stage, the biggest buzz seems to be around Young Fathers.

Kayus shyly says: "It's good, it just feels right at the moment. We just hope people take something away from it."

When they arrive on stage there's not a huge crowd out front but it soon grows as they kick off.

Throughout the set it becomes clear why there was so much stretching and warming up beforehand.

These guys do not stop for one minute of their 25-minute set.

As well as blasting out their electro-infused hip hop tracks, they also throw in some co-ordinated dance moves and plenty of jumping around.

No surprise then the boys come off stage breathless. Newsbeat catches Kayus first: "It was great. I'm sweating. We brought the HEAT!"

It's then Newsbeat questions Ali on his Michael Jackson Bad T-shirt and glove.

"He's not dead, he is not dead," he proclaims. The other two whisper: "He's having a hard time coming to terms with it."

With that they quickly run off to chat to a few female fans shouting at them from the side of the fence of the backstage area.



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