Writing about World Music

Davidson College, Fall 2015

SadBoys 2001

The SadBoys crew consists of Yung Lean the rapper, and his two producers: Yung Sherman and Yung Gud.  They are a rap group based in Sweden and they are taking over the indie rap world.  Here is a little clip of a classic Yung Lean song to let you get the feel of their music.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMgkt9jdjTU&w=560&h=315]

The song is “Kyoto” and in the video it features the SadBoys Crew as well as their associates Gravity Boys.  Yung Lean offers lyrical anomalies that he considers “e m o t i o n a l” which gives inspiration to their crew name.  This is exemplified through lyrics like ” S A D B O Y S see me in the club with it tatted on my chest” which shows his devotion to his crew and his determination to succeed within the rap game.  Yung Gud and Yung Sherman produce unique tracks and beats that are quite underrated and often go unnoticed.  The intricacies of their beats often go unnoticed and it is a shame that such talented producers are not getting the attention that they deserve.  However, they have a huge internet following almost rivaling that of Lil B, praising their unique music style and swearing by them.  I personally am I fan of their music, as I feel that most of their songs involve putting in raw emotion into their tracks.  When you listen to Yung Lean, you are taken into the SadBoys world for the duration of the songs and you will feel the complete e m o t i o n a l developments of each line.  He has been quiet for the passed few months after his Unknown Memory tour, but has come back with a huge bang with his new song “Hoover.”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jDiAcqbO0c&w=560&h=315]

1 Comment

  1. I agree that Sadboys are a very talented group. I found Yung Lean on SoundCloud several months ago and have been listening to him for some time. However, I never really looked into the group more than just looking at their page on SoundCloud. Now that you mention it, they are a very talented group, making their own beats and lyrics, something most popular rappers and groups don’t do very often. Often times rappers collaborate on a track with other artists or borrow the track to rap over, making their work input considerably less than groups such as Sadboys with only 3 members.
    As I’ve noticed the trend of Sadboys becoming more popular through networks such as SoundCloud and Spotify, I wouldn’t be surprised if their popularity extended to multiple audiences beyond those who mainly listen to indie music. It’s also good to see that they’re producing more music now that their tour is over which will only contribute more to their growing popularity.

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