Yung Lean - 'Unknown Memory'

The Swedish rapper makes a stab at being serious with some impressive, grandstanding results

  • Release Date 08 Dec, 2014
  • Record Label Sad Boys
7 / 10
Is teenage Swedish rapper Yung Lean taking the piss? It’s never really been clear, with his morose shtick and pastiches of experimental rappers like Lil B sometimes sounding like parodies. Here though, on his debut LP, the 18-year-old is ready to be taken seriously. Over these 13 tracks, produced by Clams Casino-indebted duo Yung Gud and Yung Sherman, he’s making spacey, tripped-out hip-hop that goes some way to matching his influences. Lonely boy anthem and lead single ‘Yoshi City’ is an early standout, and the TNGHT-influenced ‘Monster’ sees him at his most grandstanding and hints at a more serious future. Swedish pop has been an institution since Abba – now they’re coming for hip-hop too.

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