REST IN PEACE LIL PEEP
WRITTEN BY KARAN TELI
‘I got a feeling that I’m not gonna be here, for the next year. So let’s laugh a little before I’m gone.’
Lil Peep is not just another musician gone too soon because of an encounter with drugs.
Anybody who was a fan of Lil Peep knew from his catalogue of music, that he was a young man battling with a lot. Suicidal thoughts, depression, mental health, heartbreak and sexuality were among the list of things the 21 year old was dealing with. A 21 year old who has to deal with those issues, who is in the limelight, who vulnerably puts these issues on display for his fans, to let anybody who is going through similar things know that others go through them too should be applauded and respected.
‘When it’s time to meet my maker I’ll be ready for him’
Lil Peep didn’t glorify drug use. He told us honestly through his music, he’s addicted to drugs. Xanax. Coke. The whole lot. He didn’t shy away from these issues, and he didn’t encourage the use of them. He told us this is how he copes with his demons. With his thoughts.
As if Chester Bennington wasn’t already a sign that mental health is a serious serious issue in the music industry, and no matter how many fans you have, your mental health is YOUR MENTAL HEALTH.
Fans screaming your name doesn’t help. Singing every single word you say. Doesn’t help. Peep’s tragic and sudden death, at such a young age, hopefully shines an even brighter light on these issues.
‘This music’s the only thing keeping the peace when I’m falling to pieces’
Some of our favourite rappers glorify drug use, preach the use of it too fans. Lil Peep couldn’t have been more different. Drug abuse and depression isn’t cool or trendy. It’s tragic.
I’m interviews and songs he always hinted at a young death; songs like Better Off (Dying), Problems and Praying to the Sky. But that doesn’t make this any less of a surprise or tragedy.
Rest In Peace Gustav Åhr.