Emo rap up-and-comer Gustav Åhr, better known as Lil Peep, has passed away just under two weeks after his 21st birthday. The details of his passing have yet to be disclosed, though some rumors have insinuated that a drug overdose killed him. Åhr's first and now only full-length, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1, made numerous allusions to his struggles with substance abuse — increasing the tragedy if indeed these vices getting the best of him.
Regardless of one's personal reaction to his output, Åhr's brand of soundcloud rap garnered him an enormous amount of attention considering the brevity of his career. Pitchfork and other publications went so far as to call him the future of Emo as singles like "Awful Things" and "The Brightside" blured the lines between indie/emo and lo-fi trap that appealed both in its nostalgia and well-timed repackaging.
If nothing else, his honesty and self-deprecation in a movement known for self-aggrandizement is reason enough to tip a hat to him as the scene mourns the loss of an artist who had only just begun to make a name for himself. But it's times like these when people must look at the bigger picture and realize that beyond the face tattoos and rattling hi-hats, there lived a real person with very real struggles.
Åhr's producer Mikey Cortez had this to say in an Instagram post:
GET IN TOUCH
Promote your band in our group: