Written by: Dmonet
First off, anyone who knows me is aware that I am a very big fan of Yung Lean. I also hate when people try to disregard him as another internet phenomenon that holds no musical value. Personally I don’t think he’s the greatest lyricist of our time but now a day barely any rap is!
His production is impeccable and he knows how to craft catchy songs that sometimes touch on important themes (loneliness, being an outsider, etc...). I think that the misconceptions about him come from the fact that he also has a really trendy visual appeal about him and so many kids have quickly jumped on his Bucket Hat, VHS photo shopped pictures and Sad Boy Bandwagon.
Aside from this his music has not changed that much since he started aside from more expensive equipment and better recording which is obvious on this mix tape. The beats on this make you feel like you’re riding your bike in a rainy cloud world while smoking a blunt. The atmospheric feeling never stops on this tape with the production usually being a little louder than the vocals. His first song is blinded which at first I thought that choppy and weird but after another listen I loved, he’s definitely getting way better at crafting choruses and song structures. He continues to Sunrise Angel and Yoshi City which sound a little similar but they flow so well and it makes you wanna listen to the tape all the way through.
The next song Icecoldsmoke which I reviewed before is one of my favorite songs out right now period, and I have already reviewed it and the link will be below. Aside from 1 or 2 forgettable songs the whole tape is completely solid with each song building on to the next. He added an intro, outro and intermission in between every three or four songs which gives you the feeling that this is not really a mix tape but more of a serious album that he hopes will catapult him to a serious place within the hip hop community.
On the second half, he experiments with new genres and even featured up and comer Travis Scott who also just dropped a hot mixtape. On the track, Volt Lean gets into some hardstyle euro techno kind of style and it actually goes super hard and would be really dope to see live and turned up. He ends with Leanworld and Sandman which are pretty much your run of the mill young Lean tracks although they don’t really have the signature catchiness and attention grabbin quotes.
Overall this tape was great although it lacked the golden hits I thought it would have. Nevertheless the production was going nuts and as a tape it went really well together. Honestly I think that he’s released songs that were way better (Kyoto, Solarflare, Motorola, Gatorade, Etc…) he just never put them on mixtapes. Overall this was a solid effort and I am sure this is just the beginning for the Swedish rapper.