Yung Lean’s Sad Boys accuse Urban Outfitters of piracy
‘yoshi city belongs to us and our true fans · fuck u Urban Outfitters’
In a bellicose Facebook post, Yung Lean’s Sad Boys posse hurled accusations at millennial multinational clothier Urban Outfitters of outright ripping off their aesthetic. The Sad Boys crew said the retailer has lifted images and slogans from their merchandise, effectively stealing their look without permission.
“The discussion of big corporations feeding off small independent creators and their work is too vast and depressing to conduct here…So let´s settle with this – yoshi city belongs to us and our true fans · fuck u Urban Outfitters.“
Yung Gud also caused a follow-up kerfuffle, characterizing Urban’s bomber jacket (above) as “ugly ass” and smearing any would be buyers as sell-outs. The discord derives from UO’s “Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus Yoshi City Nights Black Coach Jacket”, which has the text “Yoshi City Nights 2002” splashed on it, as well as a sad face symbol (see below: white shirt + cap vs black jacket). “Yoshi City” is a track from Yung Lean’s 2014 LP Unknown Memory, and the image is part of Sad Boy’s merch designs. Thump ran a statement from the crew last night to inform their fans of the infraction: “We don’t want to blame the fans buying the bootlegged gear, but rather inform them on where to buy the official gear in order to get the true experience on what we try to express in terms of music, art and clothing,” they said.
We’ll be watching this little bootleg brouhaha closely.