Some are surprised about the momentum that Yung Lean and his Sad Boys crew have created through their internet cult following of Arizona Iced Tea drinking, bucket hat wearing listeners, but what no one discusses is why. Their style follows a trend in music that first started with Clams Casino’s alternative take on hip hop beats – soundtracking the likes of Lil B and A$AP Rocky. Then cloud rap became a thing, a pairing of celestial dream-like beats with monotonous, stream of consciousness lyrics.
This and based music were the change in today’s generation of hip hop, vastly different than the thug personas of the 90’s and 00’s. Now we’ve got Odd Future, Joey Badda$$ and others who rap about Nintendo rather than the formulaic “money, drugs, cash, hoes.” Through these multitude of factors, Yung Lean and his backing producers Yung Gud, Yung Sherman, Ecco2k and Bladee have spawned a persona of tumblr trendy kids that understand and relate to what they’re saying.
“I care about a lot of things, but I wouldn’t care about all of the other things if I didn’t make music. All of the other things are based on me doing music in some shape or form. Everything else in life becomes okay or fun if I can do this,” says Yung Gud, one of their main producers in the Sad Boys crew. It might not be apparent by their jokingly obsessions to drinking lean but at the end of the day, Yung Lean and his crew only care about one thing – music.
You can tell by the way they talk about themselves and how they focus on what they do to make themselves happy. “Rap doesn’t have to have a certain sound anymore. You can just create something from your inspirations and bring your own style into it. I hate it when people try to explain music. The best thing about music is that it’s invisible,” says Yung Lean. Some may think that the Sad Boys are just fooling around, making songs that only take fifteen minutes long in the studio, but Yung Lean and the Sad Boys are what artists should be like, only caring about the drives that make them do what they want to do.
Yung Lean and the Sad Boys make their debut to Vancouver tomorrow at Fortune Sound Club with locals Rook Milo & more. Get your last minute tickets at bplive.ca
– Vanessa Wongget tickets