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Lil Peep 1,257

AKA: Gustav Ahr and Gustav Elijah Åhr
@LilPeep

About Lil Peep

Gustav Åhr (November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017), better known by his stage name Lil Peep, was an American rapper and singer from Long Beach, Long Island, New York.

Lil Peep’s music is known for its slow, melodic, and melancholy “emo” sound and his often loud and gruff voice. His lyrics include themes about suicide, drug addiction and abuse, troubles with girls, and relationships. He is known for being one of the pioneers of the emerging and growing-in-popularity genre known as emo-rap that discusses topics such as depression, suicide, sadness, lost love failed relationships and overall emotional lyrics and vibes, typically layered over trap beats/instrumentals. Peep’s vocal style ranged from rapping, singing, and screaming. Peep’s influences include Gucci Mane, Crystal Castles, and My Chemical Romance.

Peep himself was also known for his unique, somewhat flamboyant, fashion sense and appearance. His hair was more often than not dyed bright pink, he often wore brightly colored (often pink as well) and eccentric clothes and had even been spotted wearing Hello Kitty and Katy Perry merchandise. His various amounts of tattoos were also known, which include “DADDY” below his collarbone, the anarchy symbol on his cheek, and “Crybaby” above his right eyebrow.

Peep first gained recognition online from his 2015 mixtape LiL PEEP; PART ONE, which went viral on Soundcloud and included his breakout songs “Star Shopping” and “The Way I See Things”, which gained him much popularity in the underground hip-hop scene, especially in the then-emerging “goth rap” subgenre. In 2016, Peep released Hellboy, which got much popularity with a mainstream audience and further pushed Lil Peep into the mainstream light. Finally, in 2017, Peep released his first album ever, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1.

Peep was part of SCHEMAPOSSE (from 2015 to 2016). SCHEMAPOSSE founding member JGRXXN recounts how peep became involved with SCHEMA, on his song “November 56” as well as releasing this screenshot that shows the first hints of Peep joining SCHEMA.

Peep later became a member of GOTHBOICLIQUE after being introduced to them by prominent underground music blogger The Internet Hippy.
http://twitter.com/lnternethippy/status/976896914359808001. GOTHBOICLIQUE was the final group Peep would be a member of before his tragic death on November 15, 2017.

During Peep’s few years in the SoundCloud rap scene, he managed to create a big network of friends and collaborators. This was in part due to his time in the RVIDXR KLVN connected group SCHEMAPOSSE. During this period in 2015 and 2016, Peep began collaborating with many diverse notable artists such as Craig Xen, OmenXIII, Ghostemane, and many more. This network was only made larger when Peep joined GOTHBOICLIQUE. Peep became close friends with English rapper Bexey after Bexey edited the music video for the song Live Forever which was apart of the Live Forever EP. Bexey and Lil Peep even shared an apartment together in London. They collaborated on an album together called Romeo’s Regrets. At the time of his death Peep had songs with over 100 different artists and producers, and had become close friends with many people including superstar Post Malone.

Late into the night on November 15, 2017, Lil Peep passed away due to a suspected overdose of Xanax that had been laced with the dangerous drug Fentanyl. He was 21 years old.

Even after his death, posthumous music is still coming out from Peep as songs he was producing before he died are starting to get released (like Spotlight). It was even announced by frequent collaborator and close friend, Smokeasac, that the follow up to his debut album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2 should see a release as well.