Introduction to Lil Peep
Gustav Elijah Ahr, or well known as Lil Peep was an american singer, song writer, rapper and model. Helping pioneer an emo revival style of rock and rap music, the artist has been credited to be one of the leading figures in the 2010s era emo music.
The rapper was smoking and getting high with two young fans on high-potency doses of concentrated weed. This was Arizona, November 2017, in the back lounge, 5 hours before his show. Lil Peep was wearing a black studded vest along with multicolored checkered pants.
One of the 16 year old faans, Nick Dowd, a massive Lil Peep lover who was smoking alongside the rapper said sitting on the bus with Peep was a dream come true for him. “He was the guy who spoke for me, things i could never put into words” Dowd says, “I felt like he understood me”
Although the constant life on the tour roads wore the artist down, he seemed to have genuinely connect to both Dowd and the fan. The trio would talk about video games, clothes, fashion,music. “He was in a very good mood,” Dowd said. At one point, Lil Peep looked out the bus window at the clear Arizona sky and said, “Today is a good day. Not every day is a good day, but today is. I feel good”
It was 30 minutes after this, that the rapper nodded off and never woke up again.
On the date November 15, 2017, exactly two weeks after his 21st birthday, Lil Peep was found dead on his tour bus when his manager decided to go check up on him in preparation of the night’s performance in Arizona. In a series of Instagram posts in the hours that lead up to his unfortunate death, the rapper had claimed to have ingested mushrooms, and cannabis concentrate. While in another video he is claimed to have consumed six Xanax pills. One of his last posts subsequently was captioned, “When i die, you’ll love me.”
As a result. the death was ruled as an accidental drug overdose.
Before his reported death, his manager checked on him twice and found him sleeping and breathing normally. However, it was on the third attempt that he realized he was no longer breathing. Lil Peeps manager performed a CPR before medics arrived at the scene, after which he was pronounced dead.
Believing he was asleep, Bexey Swan uploaded a video on instagram on him as well. When in reality, he had passed away.
After a toxicology report and autopsy was conducted by the Medical examiners on December 8th, it certified that the cause of death was an accidental overdose due to pain medication on Fentanyl and benzodiazepine alprazolam. Blood tests also came forward with being positive for cannabis, cocaine and the painkiller Tramadol. Along with the presence of multiple powerful opiates, there was no alcohol present in his system.
An obituary post was made on Lil Peeps instagram, inviting people to his memorial to celebrate his colourful life. Inside the hotel where the intimate service took place, all friends, family members showed up. And spoke up about the late rapper.
The celebration of his life was also live streamed on his Youtube channel for the dedicated fans. After his long beach memorial took place, Lil Peep was cremated in Huntington Station, New York. His ashes were placed in his grandfather’s garden. He was specifically cremated as he was not religious.
One of Lil Peep’s last released and sung songs was, “ I can’t feel My face”. His last concert was to be conducted in Arizona, right before he passed away. His last tweet and Instagram post, was captioned, When i die, you’ll love me. In another video, he danced to Green days, ‘American Idiot” and boasted about his drug use. Writing, “I just took honey and shrooms.” Sending chills down every fan’s spine.
Alongside this picture was a video of him that captioned: “I just wanna be everybody’s everything i want too much from people but then i don’t want anything from them at the same time u feel me i don’t let people help me but i need help but not when i have my pills but thats temporary one day maybe i wont die young and ill be happy? What is happy i always have happiness for like 10 seconds and then it’s gone. I’m getting so tired of this.”
Fans flooded Lil Peeps instagram with love and support for his work, music and more. Some said they wished the rapper’s friends and loved ones had recognized his posts and cry for help. But it was too late.
According to sources, the rapper Lil Peep was roughly $300,000 worth. But it was after his accidental death that gained a high level of attention. Which rose his worth considerably to a whopping $7 million. Due to an increase in record and merch sales.
Lil Peeps Legacy
Lil Peeps drug overdose hasn’t stopped his fan base and music from growing. Last year’s Come Over When You’re Sober Prt 2, compiled unreleased material found on his laptop by his mother. Along with this, a documentary, Everybody’s everything, shows the people the backstory of the 21 year old’s progression from Soundcloud to mercurial talent who struggled with mental health, fame and addiction.
His documentary explored whether Lil Peep died by accident, or if he took his own life. Stirring up conspiracies among his fan base. The documentary revealed the Xanax Bons may have given Lil Peep was laced with Fentayl. Which he was unaware of. Fans watching the documentary became convinced Lil Peep was murdered and took to Twitter in anger.
Everybody’s everything was also the late rapper’s album title, described as “a lovingly curated collection of songs from Lil Peep’s career.” The main theme on this album is unrequited love. It’s a mixed bag, as posthumous collection releases tend to be rare, but there is enough to suggest that much wider stardom as well within his grasp.
It’s been just over a few years since the death of Lil Peep. His first posthumous album: New come over when you’re sober part 2, is the first of three projects that will carry Peeps legacy onward.