Lessons from Lil Peep

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?Continue reading