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Yung Lean just came through with a new album titled Starz

Last November the cult Swedish rapper Yung Lean sat down in a grand ceremonial chair at Dublin’s Trinity College to be presented with the Bram Stoker Medal of Cultural Achievement. Here was Lean – an artist who shot to meme stardom in a bucket hat over half a decade back, with nobody 100% sure whether to treat him as sincere or satire – following in the footsteps of famous alumni Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, plus other notable recent guests including Angela Merkel, Helen Mirren and The Pixies.

Perhaps the person sending out the invitations was a big stan of Sadboy crew, the group Lean formed with fellow Swedes Yung Sherman and Yung Gud. Maybe JPEGMAFIA was already booked elsewhere. Either way, it was a surreal situation, one that Lean himself made light of: “It’s an honour to be here at Hogwarts.”

It might have felt like validation for both the rapper and his die-hard fans. For some, the Stockholm native – real name Jonatan Leandoer Håstad – will forever be a living meme, a dated Tumblr in-joke personified. But his horde of internet fanatics will point to the fact that he’s an artist whose influence far outweighs his stardom. Having released his debut mixtape ‘Unknown Death 2002’ in 2013, he’s long been a DIY outsider oddball with greater creative vision than his awkward technique suggests, and whose bloated back-catalogue features hidden gems well worth digging around for.

Lean may have collaborated with Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Gucci Mane, but – as a baby-faced OG of drugged-out, nihilistic sad-rap that’s now everywhere, himself indebted to the zany effortlessness of Lil B and comatose hooks of Chief Keef – he’s never quite reached the heights of the artists that he, somewhat indirectly, played a part in paving the way for: Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Peep.

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