Yeek Breaks through the Los Angeles Dream on ‘The Left’

It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of the L.A. lifestyle; a condo in Malibu, parties every night, famous friends and a road to success. Turns out the journey there isn’t always easy, it can be riddled with fake friends, loneliness and the L.A. illusion can come crashing down at any minute. Yeek relays this to listeners on his dreamy new track, ‘The Left.’

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Yeek brings his signature genre-bending sound to this track, with a mesmerizing guitar riff reminiscent of shoegaze guitarist Mac DeMarco layered over a smooth hip-hop baseline. The young musician illustrates his disillusionment with the Los Angeles and Malibu party lifestyle with lines like:

“Rewind to four years ago in Florida/ it was real/ why do I feel like an actor in a movie/ partying with bloggers and foodies/ fashionistas, rappers with Gucci and no chill.”

With the flow of a seasoned rapper and soft vocals, Yeek takes you to a personal place as he walks through the feelings of realizing that some people are nothing more than carefully constructed “Internet personas” and likes on social media are just for the sake of your social status:

“I tap a heart just to show my fake love/ aren’t a lot of those what dreams are made of/ a picture painted by hours of make up.”

“The Left” shows us that underneath the Gucci and the 100k followers, there’s a loneliness and false underbelly to this lifestyle. Coming up into the scene so quickly can be a wake up call, but as long as you keep your head in the clouds, maybe it won’t be so bad.

You can hear the rest of Yeek’s new album Sebastian which drops in April.

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