Yung Lean to Donate All Streaming Royalties and Merch Profits to BLM and Bailout Funds

For the “foreseeable future.”

Music 
8,591 Hypes 11 Comments

After dropping his fourth studio album Starz in May, Swedish cloud rap pioneer Yung Lean has announced that he’ll be donating all his streaming royalties and merchandise profits to #BlackLivesMatter and bailout funds for the foreseeable future.

In a multi-slide Instagram post teeming with emotion, the rapper born Jonatan Leandoer Håstad acknowledged that as a child growing up in Stockholm, Sweden, all his “heroes were Black American musicians.” He then goes on to directly state his disgust for racism and acknowledge his white privilege, quipping “I’m disgusted by any person who looks like me who thinks anyone with a different skin color’s life is worth less,” and “I know my [white] privilege, and anyone who has privilege should use it to help others who don’t.”

Lean then pleads for his followers to join in the fight against inequality, and ends his statement by saying that all his merch and stream royalties will be donated to social justice-centric causes for “the foreseeable future.”

See Lean’s original post in full directly below, and for more music news check out Talib Kweli‘s interview with Jimmy Fallon — in which the rapper discusses activism, protesting systemic racism and the ever-present problems presented by Donald Trump.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Yung Lean Returns to Form With New 'Stardust' Mixtape
Music

Yung Lean Returns to Form With New 'Stardust' Mixtape

Featuring FKA Twigs, Skrillex, Thaiboy Digital, Bladee, Ecco2k and Ant Wan.

The First Teaser Trailer for Donald Glover's 'Atlanta' Season 3 Is Here
Entertainment

The First Teaser Trailer for Donald Glover's 'Atlanta' Season 3 Is Here

Premiering on FX on March 24, 2022.

Palace and Crocs Reunite for Camouflage Collaboration
Footwear

Palace and Crocs Reunite for Camouflage Collaboration

Featuring a selection of custom Jibbitz charms.


'Spider-man: No Way Home' Is Now the Biggest Movie of 2021
Entertainment

'Spider-man: No Way Home' Is Now the Biggest Movie of 2021

Also becoming Sony Pictures biggest film ever.

Epic Games Delays 'Fortnite' Season 3 in Wake of Black Lives Matter Movement
Gaming 

Epic Games Delays 'Fortnite' Season 3 in Wake of Black Lives Matter Movement

The company states “recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society.”

The Earth Issue's Print Fundraiser Will Raise Funds for Social Justice Organizations
Art 

The Earth Issue's Print Fundraiser Will Raise Funds for Social Justice Organizations

Over 80 artists and photographers from around the world have contributed.

Charli XCX Calls for Her LGBTQ+ Fanbase to Focus Support for Black Trans Community
Music 

Charli XCX Calls for Her LGBTQ+ Fanbase to Focus Support for Black Trans Community

“This is something we should do every June; every day in fact.”

Fear of God Taps Off-White™, Union LA, Awake NY and More For Charitable T-Shirts
Fashion

Fear of God Taps Off-White™, Union LA, Awake NY and More For Charitable T-Shirts

With all proceeds going directly to the Gianna Floyd Fund.

Footwear Conglomerate Deckers Donates $500k USD to Social Justice Organizations
Footwear 

Footwear Conglomerate Deckers Donates $500k USD to Social Justice Organizations

The parent company of HOKA ONE ONE, Ugg, Teva and Sanuk is supporting the NAACP, the ACLU and more.


Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire Shares New Song Benefiting The Bail Project
Music 

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire Shares New Song Benefiting The Bail Project

The rapper’s track pays tribute to those affected by police brutality.

Babylon LA Brings Back Justice-Focused "Rights" Tee
Fashion 

Babylon LA Brings Back Justice-Focused "Rights" Tee

100% of proceeds go to The Bail Project to help free arrested protestors.

How Artists Are Responding to U.S. Protests Over Police Brutality and Racism
Art 

How Artists Are Responding to U.S. Protests Over Police Brutality and Racism

Works that touch on the long and painful history of police brutality in the United States.

'TIME' Enlists Titus Kaphar for George Floyd-Honoring Cover
Art 

'TIME' Enlists Titus Kaphar for George Floyd-Honoring Cover

The painting, ‘Analogous Colors,’ is accompanied by a pointed poem.

Talib Kweli Joins Jimmy Fallon to Talk Activism, Protesting Systemic Racism and Donald Trump
Music

Talib Kweli Joins Jimmy Fallon to Talk Activism, Protesting Systemic Racism and Donald Trump

“My self-care is always speaking out.”

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.