Yung Lean – Unknown Death 2002
Yung Lean is a polarizing guy. Some decry the Swedish 17 year-old’s complete lack of skills and talent. Other laud him for his dreamy musical aesthetic. His music is often catchy, if not downright euphoric – see “Gatorade” or “Oreomilkshake”. Relying less on concise lyrics, Yung Lean is a natural progression from the freely associative, often nonsensical rhymes of Lil’ B with a keener sense of melody. His beat selection is also unparalleled – Yung Gud, Yung Sherman, Suicideyear and Friendzone happen to be amongst the most outstanding producers of the year. See “Oceans 2001” for a better song with the word “oceans” in the title than Hova’s. He followed up Unknown Death 2002 with the 3-track Lavender EP, featuring the heatrock “Ginseng Strip 2002”. Open your mind and Yung Lean will kick around in it for a minute.