Gustav Elijah Åhr (November 1, 1996 - November 15, 2017), known professionally as Lil Peep (often stylized as LiL PEEP), was an American rapper, singer, songwriter and model. He was known for helping pioneer an emo revival style of hip hop and rock music.Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised on Long Island, New York, Lil Peep started releasing music on SoundCloud in 2014, using the pseudonym Lil Peep because his mother had called him "Peep" since he was a child. He soon became popular on SoundCloud after releasing several mixtapes and for his collaborations with Lil Tracy, leading him to gain a cult following. He released his debut album, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1, on August 15, 2017. The album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 168 and in the following week peaked at No. 38. Lil Peep earned his highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2018 with "Falling Down", featuring XXXTentacion, which peaked at 13th. The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 8, 2018, making it Lil Peep's first gold certification. His second studio album, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2, was released on November 9, 2018 and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, making it Lil Peep's first US top 10 album.Lil Peep was a frequent user of drugs due to his mental health issues. He died on November 15, 2017. The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner certified the cause of death to be an accidental overdose of fentanyl and Xanax.
Who was Lil Peep?
Lil Peep, or Gustav Elijah Ahr, was an American singer, rapper, and songwriter, best known for his debut studio album, ‘Come Over When You’re Sober.’ He was known as one of the leading artists of the “post-emo revival” style of rock and hip-hop. Both his parents were ‘Harvard University’ graduates. They divorced when Lil Peep was a teenager, and this had a negative impact on his psyche. He described himself through his lyrics and always appeared to be a manic depressive young man and a loner. At the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. He released his debut mixtape, ‘Lil Peep Part One,’ in 2015. Due to the lack of an appropriate record label, he released his debut album online. A song from the album, ‘Beamer Boy,’ became a major hit and brought Lil Peep national fame. After releasing a few more mixtapes, he released his debut studio album in August 2017. It became a critical and commercial success. He passed away due to a drug overdose in November 2017. He was 21 years old at the time of his death.
In Los Angeles, he assumed the pseudonym “Lil Peep.” He was inspired by underground acts such as the collective ‘Seshhollowwaterboyz’ and the rapper iLoveMakonnen. He ran out of savings within a few months of moving to Los Angeles and spent a few nights without a roof on his head.
He had a lot of friends on social media when he was in New York and he started meeting them one by one, as soon as he reached Los Angeles. Things got better when he got in touch with a music producer named JGRXXN and a few rappers such as Ghostemane and Craig Xen. He also spent most of his time at their homes. In a few months, Lil Peep became part of the collective named ‘Schemaposse.’
With the support from his new group, Lil Peep released his debut mixtape, ‘Lil Peep Part One,’ on ‘SoundCloud’ in 2015. The album received a lukewarm response and was only played four thousand times in its first week. However, it slowly gained a momentum as the “hits” increased.
Shortly after releasing his debut mixtape, he released an EP titled ‘Feelz’ and another mixtape titled ‘Live Forever.’ He did not achieve widespread success immediately because his sound was too unique and did not adhere to a particular genre. It had influences of punk music, dream pop, and trap music. The lyrics were highly expressive and gloomy, which was not appreciated by most listeners and critics.
‘Star Shopping,’ a single from his debut mixtape, became a major success over time. It also became an unexpected success in the underground hip-hop circles. However, he achieved real mainstream success after the release of his single ‘Beamer Boy.’ The immense success of the song led him to embark on his first concert with his group ‘Schemaposse’ in Tucson, Arizona.
As more rappers from the group started attaining success, the group disbanded. However, their relations remained the same and they all worked on each other’s future projects from time to time.
Lil Peep moved on and joined another rap collective named ‘Gothboiclique.’ With them, he released his debut full-length mixtape, ‘Crybaby,’ in mid-2016. Speaking about the recording process, Lil Peep said that the entire album was produced in three days, and since they had no money, his voice had been recorded on a cheap microphone.
This was the beginning of true mainstream success for Lil Peep. The release of another mixtape, ‘Hellboy,’ earned him wider popularity. His songs were released on ‘YouTube’ and ‘SoundCloud’ and earned millions of “views” and “hits.” Two songs from ‘Hellboy,’ titled ‘OMFG’ and ‘Girls,’ became immensely successful.
He was dragged into a minor controversy when the band ‘Mineral’ accused him of lifting some of their music for his song ‘Hollywood Dreaming’.’ However, Lil Peep claimed it was his way of paying a tribute to the band and their music.
On August 15, 2017, Lil Peep released his debut album, ‘Come Over When You’re Sober.’ The album debuted on the ‘Billboard 200’ chart at number 168 and peaked at number 38. Lil Peep announced a promotional tour for the album, but tragedy struck in the middle of the tour and he passed away.
Following his death, several of his unreleased songs found their way to the public. Some of his posthumous hits were ‘Awful Things,’ ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Dreams & Nightmares,’ ‘4 Gold Chains,’ and ‘Falling Down.’ ‘Columbia Records’ acquired his songs after his demise.
Everybody's Everything (2019) - IMDb
January 10, 2019
Lil Peep - 4 GOLD CHAINS feat. Clams Casino (Official Video)
May 13, 2018
Lil Peep - Awful Things feat. Lil Tracy (Official Video)
August 17, 2017
Lil Peep - beamer boy (Official Video)
January 28, 2021
Lil Peep - Belgium (Official Video)
November 12, 2019