Today is a sad day for Hip-Hop fans around the country. Long Beach rapper and Rock ‘n Roll artist Lil Peep (born Gustav Åhr) was found dead on his bus at the early age of 21, due to what many believe to be a drug overdose in Tucsdon, Arizona.
Lil Peep’s music was characterized as a mixture of emo and hip-hop, gaining popularity through tracks like “Benz Truck” and “Awful Things”, both of which appear in his debut album Come Over When You’re Sober, which was released on August 15, 2017.
Forming part of the generation of rappers who have gained prominence and popularity in rap through SoundCloud, his music contained heavy themes of drug abuse, referencing addictions to cocaine, ecstasy and Xanax in his lyrics.
Various artists around the music industry have paid tribute to Lil Peep, those of which include Post Malone, Marshmello, and Diplo.
In a PitchFork.com article detailing the life of Lil Peep, Steven Horowitz describes him as the “future of emo.” In an interview, Lil Peep was adamant that his music “is a whole new thing, and it’s good for the emo genre as a whole and all the fans and all the people who ever liked it, because it’s going to keep it relevant.”
Further on in the interview, Lil Peep admits to suffering from depression and having suicidal thoughts as a result, “suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, Fuck, I wish I didn’t wake up.”
The cause and implications of Lil Peep’s death are yet to be heard, but rest assured that many Hip-Hop fans across the world are mourning his loss. Many fans have cited Lil Peep’s music as being an outlet for their depression and the reason why they themselves have avoided suicide.
“They tell me that it saved their lives,” Lil Peep said, describing what his fans told him about his music. “They say that I stopped them from committing suicide, which is a beautiful thing….It’s great for me to hear,” he continued. “It helps. It boosts me, because music saved my life as well.”
Rest in Peace, Lil Peep.