Sadness came into its own as an aesthetic and a lifestyle in 2014, and its overlord was the Swedish rapper Yung Lean. Like a more realist version of Odd Future’s cartoon-ification of suburbia, his #sadboys crew showcase a style of the ordinary made bold and boast-worthy: see the bucket hats, sports jackets and barren landscapes of their DIY music videos. “The industry has never been interesting,” the Stockholm-based 18-year-old testifies. “It’s the people who create that are interesting.” Currently playing packed venues on a US tour, this boy may not be sad that much longer.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Yung Lean: Seeing Yung Sherman and Justin Bieber in the same room.
What are your favourite songs of 2014?
What new skill did you learn this year?
Yung Lean: Don’t pop too much molly in Miami.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Yung Lean: White Armor.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Yung Lean: Tadoe of Glo Gang.
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