Lil Peep, a fashionable young rapper from Long Beach, New York, whose music blended trap beats and contemporary “mumble rap” with confessional lyrics and an emo rock vibe, has died at the age of 21. According to The Guardian, he was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in Tuscon, Ariz. following a drug overdose.
Peep was born Gustav Åhr on Nov. 1, 1996. Growing up, he decided to drop out of high school but continued his education by taking low-pressure computer courses online. Peep spent most of his teenage years alone in his room, listening to more obscure internet-based musicians while battling with his own thoughts of depression and suicide. Eventually, he found solace in making music, which he began doing in 2015 with the release of his debut mixtape, Lil Peep Part One, which generated 4,000 plays in its first week. He also released his first EP, Feelz, and another mixtape, Live Forever that year.
More than a year later, Lil Peep returned with the release of his breakthrough mixtapes, crybaby, which received critical acclaim online, and Hellboy, which eventually set the way for his major label debut. Signed to First Access Entertainment, he released his debut LP, Come Over When You’re Sober, on Aug. 11th, 2017. He was on tour, promoting his debut album when he was rushed to the hospital.
“I am shocked and heartbroken,” said First Access Entertainment CEO Sarah Stennett, in a post on Facebook, earlier this morning. “I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. He had big goals and dreams for the future which he had shared with me, his team, his family and his friends. He was highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle and charming. He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing. I have spoken to his mother and she asked me to convey that she is very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life. She is truly grateful to the fans and the people who have supported and loved him.”
Following the news, several artists and musicians have also paid tribute to the young Long Island musician, including Post Malone, Lil B, and Diplo.
I remember Lil peep telling me he is against the sexual abuse of women and people in the music industry… I will continue to push his vision thank you – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) November 16, 2017
peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man
— diplo (@diplo) November 16, 2017
in the short time that i knew you, you were a great friend to me and a great person. your music changed the world and it'll never be the same. i love you bud. forever pic.twitter.com/tpbxpkf4f4
— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) November 16, 2017