Lesson from Lil Peep
Written by Jennifer Alfaro
Losing an artist who has contributed to the climate change in hip-hop has ignited conversation about not only opioid addiction, but also the uncomfortable talk about mental illness. The sudden death of Soundcloud sensation, Lil Peep, has made many reevaluate not only his actions leading up to his overdose, but also other artists who are channeling similar demons through music. For an artist who has documented his depression and addiction to Xanax in his music for a minute, why did we not intervene? Why does it take death to highlight cries for help that consumers are oblivious to and continue to glamourize self-medication?
Just hours before his death, the 21-year-old rapper posted several alarming images on Instagram with even more chilling captions. “When I die You’ll love me” “I just wana be everybody’s everything I want too much from people but then I don’t want anything from them…”
It is quite upsetting that we live in a time where society is numb to things like this. Our favorite artists are crying out for help right before our eyes and we can’t help but make their pleads strip club anthems underground hits.
Wifisfuneral: “Lost in a trance so I popped 3 xans”
Lil Uzi: “I’m committed, not addicted but it keep controlling me”
Future: “Feed me dope, and I start seeing ghosts”
They’re drowning in actavis, popping pills left and right to numb the pain. How many incidents will it take for a change to happen? Genius can only elaborate so much about lyrics from artists we “care” for until we realize it wasn’t for the clout.
Our OGs, such as Wiz Khalifa, have been vocal about the drug culture which has confiscated control and the lives of many.
“It’s unfortunate that Lil Peep had to die and stuff like that, but these are the things people are gonna start seeing and keep happening if they don’t really relax and fall back. I just want to be the responsible person and say something.”
Nevertheless, Lil Peep’s contribution to rap-rock is what is left behind in his musical legacy. Although his career was brief, he cultivated a fan base in the underground hip hop scene that looked up to him as an inspiration and hero. The emo/goth rapper/rockstar will continue to live through his projects and the vision he set forth for the youth.