Yung Lean started out his success from the two songs “Oreomilkshake” and “GINSENG STRIP 2002” from the Lavender EP. Both were highly viewed on YouTube and highly categorized as “meme rap” but actually being considered “cloud rap”.
Later in 2013 he then went on to release the mixtape Unknown Death 2002, showcasing his transforming out of the whole “meme rap” phase. Around this time, he also put out other singles and collabs with his boys in GTBSG, PradaMane, DJ Smokey, Denzel Curry, Bones, and Xavier Wulf.
Then, in 2014 Yung Lean teased the world with his biggest single to date “Kyoto”, which many thought would be featured on his debut album, Unknown Memory.