Yung Lean

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Yung Lean
Yung Lean in Stockholm, 2013
Background information
Birth name Jonatan Leandoer Håstad
Also known as Yung Leandoer
Born (1996-07-18) 18 July 1996 (age 21)
Origin Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper, fashion designer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels Sad Boys Entertainment
Mishka NYC
Sky Team

Jonatan Leandoer Håstad[3] (born 18 July 1996[4]), better known by his stage name Yung Lean, is a Swedish rapper and singer-songwriter from Stockholm. Yung Lean released his debut mixtape in 2013 (entitled Unknown Death 2002) and multiple singles to YouTube under his label Sad Boys Entertainment, including "Ginseng Strip 2002", "Kyoto", and "Yoshi City".[5][6] Lean released his debut album Unknown Memory during late summer 2014 following a two-month long American tour. Lean released his second studio album Warlord on 25 February 2016.[7] His album Stranger was released on November 10, 2017.[8]

Early life[edit]

Born in Sweden, Håstad spent his early childhood in Belarus before moving to Stockholm somewhere between the age of 3 and 5. He grew up in the city's Södermalm district. In his youth, he began to develop an interest in hip hop music, mentioning 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin, The Latin Kings's Mitt Kvarter and Nas's Illmatic as his early influences.[9][10][11]


2012–13: Career beginnings[edit]

Håstad met Yung Sherman and Yung Gud in a local Stockholm park and they struck up a friendship, discovering they enjoyed much of the same music.[12] Together, they formed what was known as Hasch Boys, which consisted of Lean, Sherman and Gud along with other Stockholm individuals who later became a part of Gravity Boys Shield Gang.[citation needed]

When all of the other members started losing interest in "Hasch Boys," it left Lean, Sherman and Gud coming to the realization that they were the only active members. As a result, they then formed the "Sad Boys" collective as a trio.[13] By 2012, Yung Gud and Yung Sherman began producing and mixing music while Yung Lean would write lyrics and record vocals and would upload an array of these songs to his SoundCloud profile.[6][14][15]

2013–present: Mainstream success[edit]

Yung Lean began to attract public attention in 2013 when the music video for his track "Ginseng Strip 2002" went viral, exceeding 2 million views on YouTube.[5][16][17][18] That same year, he put out his first official releases; Unknown Death 2002 and an EP titled Lavender which includes the track "Ginseng Strip 2002" along with other songs that Yung Lean felt worthy for a wide release, but didn't feel "fit" on the Unknown Death 2002 mixtape. Consequence of Sound placed "Ginseng Strip 2002", Yung Lean’s song off of the Lavender EP, at number 44 on their "Top 50 Songs of 2013",[19] while Vibe included the Unknown Death 2002 mixtape in their "The 10 Most Overlooked Debut Rap Mixtapes of 2013", describing it as "a natural progression from the freely associative, often nonsensical rhymes of Lil' B with a keener sense of melody".[20]

In 2013, Yung Lean and Sad Boys, toured through Europe. Later that same year, Acclaim Magazine had Yung Lean as their guest for a Q&A "smalltalk" segment, where they asked him about a wide variety of miscellaneous things, including his favourite hangover cure and his desktop wallpaper.[21]

Yung Lean on the Black Marble Tour in Palisades in Brooklyn (July 2014)

In 2014, Yung Lean and Sad Boys embarked on the White Marble Tour, playing in 24 cities across Europe. Shortly after the conclusion of this tour Sad Boys announced a further Black Marble Tour, which would include several performances in cities across North America. The first of these shows took place in July at the Webster Hall in New York City, and was well received by writers for publications such as XXL, and The New York Times.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30]

Yung Lean starred on Studio PSL in May 2014[31] and was also one of five final nominees for the 2014 P3 Guld in the Hip Hop/Soul category.[32]

Yung Lean released his debut full-length album, titled Unknown Memory on 23 September 2014.[26][33][34] The album was accompanied with North American and European tours, beginning on 1 December in New York with a nearly sold-out show on Webster Hall's main ballroom stage.[35]

Yung Lean released his second full-length album, Warlord, on 25 February 2016; that same year he released a line of clothing, "Sad Boys Entertainment".[36]

Yung Lean released a surprise track on 25 November 2016 titled "Hennessy & Sailor Moon (feat. Bladee)".[37] On December 14, 2016 he released the mixtape Frost God containing eight tracks including "Hennessy & Sailor Moon" and "Crystal City" which featured A$AP Ferg.

Håstad released his third studio album Stranger on November 10 2017, with the singles "Red Bottom Sky", "Hunting My Own Skin", and "Skimask", through his YEAR0001 label.


XXL magazine included him in their 2014 list of "15 European Rappers You Should Know".[16] Fact magazine viewed the Unknown Death 2002 mixtape as "a logical continuation of Clams Casino and Beautiful Lou's innovative techniques, emerging with thick, melancholy numbers that drip with a rare and earnest allure."[38] In 2013, Fact published another article titled "Rise of the Sad Boys: from Kompakt to Yung Lean, a history of how electronic musicians have worn their sadness on their sleeves", which claimed that "[Yung Lean]'s mixtape Unknown Death 2002 is the epitome of sad rap".[39]

Yung Lean was described by Entertainment Weekly as "loosely affiliated" with the cloud rap movement. [40] According to HighClouds, Yung Lean's appeal is the production provided by Yung Gud and Yung Sherman who combine the cloud rap of Clams Casino with electronic music touches.[41]

Yung Lean is also the vocalist for the punk band Död Mark, along with his friend and Sadboys member Yung Gud.[42] The duo released their debut album, Drabbad av Sjukdom in 2016 on Lean's YEAR0001 label.





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