While the country is celebrating South African artists who made international news for being on the Black Panther soundtrack album, the one name which is largely overlooked is that of profound emcee and artist, Yungen Blakrok. In addition to Babes Wodumo, Saudi and Sjava, Yugen Blakrok made it onto the album and features on the track titled OPPS alongside California rapper, Vince Staples.
She had this to say about being featured on the album: “I wished to the universe and all my grandmothers to one day be as cool as the Black Panther…I never did get the suit but they found me a spot on the soundtrack. The Woman works in mysterious ways 😉 Black Panther soundtrack drops February 9th.”
But who is Yugen Blakrok?
Gaining recognition through various features and live shows, Yugen has been on the SA Hip Hop scene for over a decade. After joining indie label Iapetus Records in 2009, home to artists such as the late great Robo, Hymphatic Thabs and Fifi the RaiBlaster, she teamed up with Sampletologist Kanif the Jhatmaster, releasing several videos and singles, leading up to her debut album.
Return of the Astro-Goth, her debut album was released in 2013 and was well received by the Hip-Hop community worldwide, receiving several five star ratings, and caught the attention of renowned Hip-Hop veterans such as Chuck D and Sage Francis. It also saw her nominated three times at the 2014 SA Hip-Hop awards, in the best Lyricist, best Newcomer and best Female categories.
The Eastern Cape born emcee has always been, for the most part, an underground lyricist who is not only respected for her artistry but who is highly influential in her own way. Yugen has managed to keep the hip hop that she makes, raw and unfiltered which makes it fresh.
Peep her video below!