Yung Lean - "Yoshi City"
Do you ever find yourself gazing vacantly off into space in the middle of work or class thinking, “Damn, I wish I could combine normcore fashion with cough syrup and everything I liked about the year 2002 and turn that into an 18 year old rapper from Sweden”? If your answer was “every single day of my life” then man, you are in so much luck. Yung Lean is busting out of Stockholm, and with a fresh album out and talks of exciting collabos (Charli XCX! Travi$ Scott!) it looks like 2014 may be the Year of the Lean.
Do you remember that one time you got really sick in middle school and took way too much Nyquil on accident because your mom finally let you stay home alone and so you just sat in front of your Nintendo all day unintentionally high out of your mind playing Ocarina of Time in your dad’s oversized t-shirt? Yeah, me too. Lean’s music is exactly like that: very classically “chill”.
Now if you’re like me and get caught up in the “image” of an artist or music video in a way that can make or break your opinion of it, I’d say try strictly listening to him first. I know Jonatan’s bucket hat-wearing, pedestrian white boy image definitely threw me off at first, and some folks might find the visuals in his videos strange or even straight-up tacky. Trust me, if you give him a chance and grow to love the guy like I did, all of this will quickly shift from relatively questionable to confusingly endearing. #☹