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Trip – [Yung Lean]

As I get further into the world of hyperpop, I realize more and more how artists seem to gain inspiration from Swedish trendsetters like Yung Lean, Bladee, and Drain Gang. While Lean is someone that has been a massive fan of for years, I feel like my admiration for his artistry has grown as I have gotten older, because I went from being a teenager who just liked how obscure his sound was to an adult who truly understood the artistic integrity and innovative styles he has nurtured into what they have become today. While it’s crazy to think that he saw a surge in fandom because of a Gen Z platform like TikTok, I am never going to be mad that one of my favorite underground emcees is receiving more love, even if it is just for some trend that is here today and gone tomorrow. I have been patiently waiting for a follow-up to his 2020 hit album Starz, which is my personal favorite project from the Swedish icon, and when I saw that he finally broke his hiatus with the release of his song “Trip” as well as a Gus Reichwald-directed music video, I stopped in my …