Lil Peep Passes Away – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Nov. 15, in hip-hop history...
2017: The music world loses a blossoming talent far too soon.
On Nov. 15, 2017, Lil Peep, a Long Beach, N.Y.-bred artist who'd made a name for himself through his genre-fluid, emo-leaning brand of hip-hop, was found dead on his tour bus before he took the stage for a show in Tucson, Ariz. He was only 21.
At the time of his death, Peep, whose passing was later attributed to an accidental overdose on generic Xanax mixed with fentanyl, had established himself as a star by crafting songs that mixed a rock aesthetic with trap production. Speaking with XXL for The Break several months before his passing, Peep described his unique sound.
“I grew up listening to a lot of emo music, a lot of rock music, a lot of rap music, a lot of trap music, funk, everything," said Peep, born name Gustav Elijah Åhr. "One of my favorite hip-hop artists is [ILoveMakonnen]. One of my favorite bands is Fall Out Boy. You put those two together and that’s Lil Peep [laughs]."
With the ability to channel his emotions through music and all the sincerity you could hope for from an artist, Peep had developed a sound that was all his own. Peep's talents fully coalesced on Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1, a strong debut album that dropped just a few months before his untimely death.
Although Peep is no longer present in the physical form, his legacy continues to live on through his friends, family and music. On Nov. 9, Columbia Records released Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2, which is a posthumous Peep album produced by the rapper's most trusted producers (Smokeasac and George Astasio) and guided by his mother, Liza Womack. On Nov. 15, 2019, Lil Peep's second album, Everybody's Everything, was released.
R.I.P. to a true hip-hop original.
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