BY JULIET CANGELOSI
PHOTO BY ZAK AROGUNDADE
Transformation is the story of Swedish rapper Yung Lean. Three years since the release of the viral video for “Ginseng Strip 2002” that put him on the map, he hit a stride in 2017 as he found himself featuring for big names on the scene like Frank Ocean and Travis Scott. He closed things out with his third studio album Stranger, riding into the new year on the back of his most innovative, personal work yet. In Stranger, he’s leaving behind the lyrical cliches that incited skeptics of his past work and is delving deeper into his roots backed by a softer, more minimalist take on the dreamy production that has defined his sound from the jump. If he keeps up with this progression, the 21-year-old is looking less like a one-hit wonder and more like a young hitmaker to watch in 2018.