Boomkat Product Review:
The patron saint of glum middle class kids who covet Supreme bricks, Yung Lean is an important cultural figure, no matter whether you buy his moneyed malaise or not. We’ve kept his thing at arms length until now, mostly filtered in via yunger siblings and such, but with the Swede’s 2nd major album now right in front of us and oozing our lugs, it’s easy enough to be charmed in a way by his louche and breezily melodic brand of ennui rap.
Flanked by Stockholm locals/peers Whitearmor and Yung Sherman on production, Lean lives his life on record, taking poetic license to bridge the emotional detachment of life as young, middle class man in Scandinavia, with the style and flow straight outta southern USA.
It can be taken as an example of the classic double refraction and push n pull of influence between USA and Europe, as one mutates the other’s culture in interpretation and mistranslation; or as a seductively minimalist, wipe-clean, sterilised spin on a culture that comes from a very different place, done by a privileged, somewhat talented young guy with major label marketing behind him. Either way, we’d rather lock in a vortex of UK drill videos, but whatever floats your Supreme-branded dinghy, eh?