7 Songs, 23 Minutes

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Gustav Åhr, a.k.a. Long Island’s emo-rap prodigy Lil Peep, masters the art of dejection on his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1. Mixing live guitar samples, reverbed trap beats, and howling lead vocals, Peep formulates a haunting tour through his own personal hell, whether he’s slurring words on the drug-addled opener, “Benz Truck (гелик),” or leading a downcast shout-along on “Better Off (Dying).” His music may be dark, but Peep finds a way to make it shine.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gustav Åhr, a.k.a. Long Island’s emo-rap prodigy Lil Peep, masters the art of dejection on his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1. Mixing live guitar samples, reverbed trap beats, and howling lead vocals, Peep formulates a haunting tour through his own personal hell, whether he’s slurring words on the drug-addled opener, “Benz Truck (гелик),” or leading a downcast shout-along on “Better Off (Dying).” His music may be dark, but Peep finds a way to make it shine.

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About Lil Peep

Emerging from the dark corners of the Internet's underground rap scene, Long Island musician Lil Peep attracted a sizable audience with his blend of hip-hop and rock influences. Born Gustav Ahr in the hamlet of Ronkonkoma, New York, he became a streaming sensation with his mixture of trap and elements of early-2000s punk and dream pop. With his gloomy and expressive lyrics -- along with a personal love of the two genres -- he attracted the "emo rap" label. However, while his influences ranged from Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance to Gucci Mane, his sound more closely resembled that of Machine Gun Kelly and Yelawolf at their most introspective. Peep issued his debut mixtape, Lil Peep, Pt. 1, in 2015, quickly following by the Feelz EP and another mixtape, Live Forever. His breakthrough mixtapes, Crybaby and Hellboy, were released in 2016. The following year, he collaborated with Lil Tracy on a pair of Castles EPs. Tracy would return the favor on Peep's official debut LP, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1, which featured the singles "The Brightside" and "Awful Things." Months after the album's release, Peep passed away on November 15, 2017. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

HOMETOWN
Ronkonkoma, NY
BORN
November 1, 1996

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