Written By | Louis Washington
As the rain soaked the Yung Lean fans in line at Franklin Music Hall, you could see the anticipation on their faces. The line wrapped around the street and continued about a block and a half down. The line eventually split into multiple lines so the fans packed into the venue faster than expected. There were fans from places such as New York, Tennessee and Washington DC that made the pilgrimage and to Philadelphia for the day just for this concert. The Swedish rapper was in Philadelphia for the North American leg of his Stardust Tour on the heels of his latest mixtape “Stardust.” Yung Lean has been rising to fame in the United States ever since magazine “XXL” listed Lean as one of their “15 European Rapper You Should Know”
Openers Nation, wowed the crowd to warm up the venue. The Southern California duo, consisting of vocalist Fresh Jame and producer Funball performed tracks off of their 2020 debut self-titled album as well as their latest record “She Wanna” which was released in September this year. It was clear they put their all into their performance like it was their last.
Yung Lean performed solo to a sea of fans and with no cameos besides the extremely heavy atmospheric fog coming from the fog machines on stage. Although it looked great from the crowd, it was difficult to see his face at times, which was probably the vibe Yung Lean was going for. He touched the stage at 9pm and he maintained a great energy throughout his whole performance. The crowd at times were reciting lyrics word for word and were extremely in tune with Yung Lean while he was on stage. Yung Lean has performed in Philadelphia prior for previous tours but this tour appeared to be a culmination of the trials and tribulations that Yung Lean has faced professionally and personally, bringing it all full circle for his fans. Lean has a vivid imagination which reflects well in his music and his performance. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as seen by Lean’s father who was a Swedish Poet, fantasy author and owner of a book publishing company. Lean is currently working on a screenplay and has dreams of becoming an actor eventually. The sky seems to be the limit for the 26 year old who has lived multiple lives in such a short span of time.
Standouts on the setlist were definitely his viral hit “Ginseng 2002” and past hits “Yoshi City” and “Ghosttown” featuring Travis Scott from his 2016 cult classic, “Memory Unknown.” To date, “Ginseng 2022” has 73 million views on Youtube.
The Stardust Tour concluded December 10th in Los Angeles at The Novo.