The internet is an unstoppable whirlwind of info and crap that’s constantly spitting out debris all over our faces. Sometimes it’s in the form of something harmlessly funny like “Grumpy Cat”. Other times it’s some truly awful shit like beheading videos. In both cases, it’s typically waste products. Meaning, they have their time and then they’re flushed away into the bowels of the webz. As a connoisseur of crap, I actually enjoy it on many levels. If I can sit through an episode of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” surely I can find the good in a shitty youtube clip of some awful rapper. But, every now and then, something pops out that seemingly crosses over from simply being ridiculous to being something people actually care about.
This is not a new concept. Especially on this blog. I’d say about 4 times a year some new “thing” pops off and I vent about it. Whether it be a terrible new white rapper or some un-funny youtube sensation. There is always something waiting to be next. Enter Yung Lean.
He’s a 16 year old swedish rapper that people are talking about. Vice covered him. Lil B’s fans have embraced him. He’s somewhat of of a meme at this point. I’m sure he’s in a few of your Ipods right now an , and when his song comes on, you sit there pretending to enjoy it even though it’s an old joke at this point. Where it stands now, the enjoyment of his music is heavily dipped in irony as he
1)Looks like he does
2)Is a Swedish 16 year old rapper , rapping in english about being sad (kinda)
3)has got strangely decent beats.
4)Sad boys, bro. Sad boys. #sadboys
My take of it him is that he’s definitely strange in an original way. He’s a bit dead behind the eyes so it kinda makes me think he’s not joking around. His whole “Emotional boys” thing and shouting out random years that he clearly wasn’t making this music in is certainly intriguing.
I can see why peoples curiosity would be peaked. But, all that said, he’s simply another shitty rapper. Now, this hasn’t stopped anyone from getting famous. Chief Keef is basically mentally handicapped and he was on KAnye’s last album and has a thriving fanbase. But the difference is Yung Lean is bad in the sense that he simply doesn’t sound good. A guy like Chief Keef can get by just being who is. Yung Lean? He has autism swag and that’s just not a good look.
At his current stage of “Internet notoriety” , I feel as if he’s the slow kid in the classroom that everyone quietly mocks by pretending he’s the coolest guy in the room. He gets pats on the back to his enjoyment but he has no idea that he’s a walking punchline to everyone else. I could be wrong about that but I’m simply just hoping that is the case. Maybe he’s already turned? and by “turned” I mean maybe he’s started to be accepted as a legit musician and not a retarded youtube hilarity that will come and go like so many others before it. The thing is, if he isn’t yet…it’s only a matter of time.
I can guarantee that in the next month or so, I’ll be having a conversation with some hipster/reformed underground rap fan who will try to spin to me how Yung Lean is a actually amazing. Not ironically…but like he’s doing something next level that my old dinosaur brain cannot comprehend. I can also Guarantee I will never listen to another word that person says to me again. It happened with Riff Raff, it happened with Kitty Pryde…I’m shocked it never happened with Eli but, then again, he’s black and it seems only really shitty white rappers get this sort of pass. More on that later though.
I’m writing this not to shit on the art of Yung Lean. I like funny things. He is hilarious. Whether or not it’s intentional, I have no clue. He’s either a delusional swedish kid who listened to way too much Lil B and ASAP Rocky or he’s an Andy Kaufman level genius with the video skills of Tim and Eric. Regardless, He has a place in the world. However, I write this to beg of you, bloggers and tastemakers…Don’t make him a “thing”. We get it. He’s a rapping swedish kid repping “sad boys”.It’s strange and funny. Much like Riff Raff and Kitty Pryde, there is definitely “something” about him. He’s nothing if not bizarre. But all this acting like this is at all legit (beyond it’s humor value) is pretty much just cruel. Why not just go around tipping over people in wheelchairs? That’s basically how I see this. There are so many terrible rappers on youtube. many of them from countries outside of the Us. Many of them are hilarious. Even more hilarious than Yung Lean. Have you seen this fucking guy?!?!
Or have you seen this serbian abomination?
I realize part of the reason Yung Lean is getting this shine is cause he does use many relevant rap trends in his music..so it’s cutting edge in it’s terribleness. But still…Stop it. With the way these things work, he’ll be touring to sold out venues in the US within 5 months. Meanwhile, the far funnier and equally terrible ladies of “It’s so cold in the D” probably haven’t left detroit in their entire lives and the “Why must I cry” guy’s life peaked by being made fun of on Tosh 2.0.
I alluded to it earlier but there is an air of weird racism going on with all these pop up, so-bad-they’re-good youtube rap sensations. It’s like the white people are given a pass to be both laughed at and admired while their black counterparts never got the admiration part. Sure, some may argue that Lil B is the king of this shit but, to be honest, he can actually rap decently. i don’t really fuck with his music but I’ve heard songs here and there that clearly put him head and shoulders above any of the mouth breathers mentioned in this write up (I’ll give Riff Raff a little credit there too…he’s far better than any of these other people I’ve mentioned).
All I’m saying is that we need to take these types of things at face value. A funny youtube sensation that will be gone within a week. Giving stuff like this more depth than it deserves to be given is not only a disservice to music in general but it’s just gonna breed more shit like this. Meaning, it can only get worse and more contrived. Listen, us white folks love some good old irony ESPECIALLY when it’s rapping. But slow you role the second you start to blur the lines between that joke and reality.