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Track of the Day: Yung Lean – Re-charge

Its cool to be sad. The Weeknd, Drake and How to Dress Well have all built castles of fame with cement…

 Its cool to be sad. The Weeknd, Drake and How to Dress Well have all built castles of fame with cement and their tears, albums like Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak having laid the foundation for glorifying emotional pain. Seventeen year-old Jonatan Leandoer Håstad knows this. As Yung Lean, the Stockholm teenager has built a modest online empire by rapping about his ironic Swedish sadness through braces instead of grills. ‘Re-charge’ is the latest single release to come from Håstad’s empire, Sad Boys Entertainment. 

“Re-charge my whole life, upload all my sorrow,” sings Håstad through smokescreen of auto-tune along with intentionally basic, cloud-rap beat samples. At first hand, his monotonous, careless ramblings are about trivial rap features: sleeplessness, smoking weed and self-praise. But the insolent indifference with which Håstad and his crew runoff these lyrics hint at darker emotions. Yung Lean’s internet-infused mixture ironic confidence and jaded apathy is infectious, and with ‘Re-charge’ Håstad and the Sad Boys are transcending their Youtube fame faster than ever. 

 

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