Jo'burg Femcee Yugen Blakrok's 'Return Of The Astro-Goth'

Jo'burg female rapper Yugen Blakrok's impressive flow in her latest "Return of the Astro-Goth" LP

Boasting an artist roster that encompasses the legendary and the groundbreaking, from Robo the Technician to Fifi, Johannesburg avant-garde indie label Iapetus Records stands as one of the most forward-thinking proponents of cutting-edge music in South Africa today. The label recently told us about Yugen Blakrok, a name we'd been hearing about since the early 2000s when she made a guest appearance on the Hiphocalypse mixtape (named after Rhodes University’s campus radio show of the same name).

Yugen Blakrok's latest album Return of the Astro-Goth, out this week, is a challenging listen — a delicacy in an age where fast-food cookie-cutter rap music is the preferred meal for consumers. Check out highlight joint "Neo​.​Vadar" below and head over to bandcamp to give the record a few full spins. As a bonus, check out Yugen Blakrok's live performance steez below while you’re at it.


The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Fireboy DML, Juls, Adekunle Gold and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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