After reading the surprisingly positive reviews from Caramanica’s and Millard’s concert reports of Yung Lean’s first show in the United States I decided to listen to Yoshi City which seemed to have come out a while ago. I kinda brushed off Yung Lean as – well really for what he was – a gimmick white European boy doing Internet-meme-driven-BasedGod-inspired-SquaddaB-Mondre-influenced-grey-cloud rap. Ginseng Strip 2002 was funny. It was cool to see Ezra debut his mixtape on Noisey. At the time it dropped I thought it was better than Magna Carta, or I at least I wanted to listen to it more. Anyways, Yoshi City really blew me away. The first thing that jumped out to me was the hella tangible synthesizer melody. It feels like a synthetic rubbery yet approachable material that is malleable and used for general home appliances and can be found in a Home Depot. But you can find it in different colors. And they come in a package together. The light trap influenced drums are nice. I guess rolling high hats are here to stay but where the fuck did Lex Luger go? The vocals do the trick. I felt that flustered lyric in my core. The sadboys thing is smart. The Nike Dri-fit hats are sick. The North Face is cool. It’s cool how they flipped corporate brands into something not nearly as corporate that’s pretty fresh. But really there is this vibe of Yoshi City and Kyoto that reflects their image and brand so well it’s like a dude in a semi oriental fit flying thru a Blade Runner meets Tokyo meets Cloud City type universe with a MP5 on his back as well as a Katana. And the lights on his off-white motorcycle are trailing behind him. Both Kyoto and Yoshi City feel like that dragon from Spirited Away.