Unknown Memory

Yung Lean - Unknown Memory
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2014 Ratings: #761 / 845
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2014 Ratings: #382
September 23, 2014 / Release Date
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Sky Team / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
The 405
Yung Lean isn't a caricature, he exists as yet another example of a millennial who represents the DIY, internet generation.
75
The Line of Best Fit
He embodies duality, irony, boredom and excess and has clearly taped into something.
70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Unknown Memory also taps into something novel; it’s an innocent, wide-eyed take on the amalgamation of A$AP Rocky and Travi$ Scott — the aesthetic aggregators — that seeks to comprehend, not to exploit.

70
NME
On his debut LP, the 18-year-old is ready to be taken seriously.
67
Consequence of Sound

Unknown Memory is a completely different beast than Unknown Death 2002, much less reliant on references and immature humor, and far more contemplative and atmospheric.

60
FACT Magazine

In its sepia daydreams of rap-game notoriety and unimaginable wealth, Unknown Memory stands remote – sad boys in a pack of their own.

36
Pitchfork
Yung Lean isn’t bringing anything new to rap; instead, he’s making cheap copies of his actual role models, and in doing so he removes the humanity of the rappers he’s imitating, creating unwitting caricatures of those artists and not much more.
95
Now imagine me as a 16 year old stupid kid. I never listened to albums, I never really cared about artistic reasoning in music.
And there it was, Yung Lean, this goofy ass, chubby white rapper. A friend showed me 'gatorade', I didn't like it. But I was intrigued by this guy, so after a little youtube search I found Yoshi City, and I didn't knew what I heard, amazing melodies, production and overall style. So I searched for the album that this song was on, Unknown Memory, and started listening ... read more
Z.Younk
47
Aside from Yoshi City, an absolute mess. Lean's vocals overpower the beats which aren't mixed too well themselves, the work of Yung Gud, Lean's only claim to fame seems to be less prevalent.
papadave
77
Lean’s vocals are flawed, but the production here is otherwise beautiful and for the most part brilliant. With luscious arpeggios and soundscapes laid out all over this album, I often find myself lost in Yung Gud’s production while listening to this project beginning to end. Easily one of the most original sounding rap projects I’ve heard in a long time. While there may not be a solid concept throughout, staying true to one’s style and aesthetic can pass as one. ... read more
Saucelord777
34
I legit don't understand this dude's appeal.
Sauceontheside
80
If you’re on a budged but still wanna trip.
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Track List

  1. Blommor (Intro) 
  2. Blinded
  3. Sunrise Angel
  4. Yoshi City 
  5. Ice Cold Smoke 
  6. Dog Walk (Intermission)
  7. Don't Go
  8. Ghosttown (feat. Travi$ Scott )
  9. Monster 
  10. Volt 
  11. Leanworld
  12. Sandman
  13. Helt Ensam (Outro)
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