White Rappers

Lil Peep

Lil Peep was the pseudonym of Gustav Åhr (November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017), an American YouTube personality and musician cited as one of the primary artists responsible for the post-emo revival.

EARLY LIFE

Gustav Åhr was born on November 1, 1996 in Long Island, New York. His mother was a first grade teacher and his father was a college professor. After dropping out of Long Beach High School, Åhr took online courses to earn his diploma.[5] Shortly thereafter, he began posting his music on YouTube and SoundCloud.

MUSIC CAREER

Beginnings (2015–2017)

In 2015, Åhr released his first mixtape, Lil Peep Part One which generated 4,000 plays in its first week. Shortly thereafter, he released his first extended play, Feelz, and another mixtape, Live Forever.

In 2016, Åhr released two seminal mixtapes; Crybaby and Hellboy.

In May 2017, the band Mineral accused Åhr of copyright infringement for including an unlicensed and uncredited sample of their song “LoveLetterTypewriter” in his “Hollywood Dreaming” track. Åhr said that he was only trying to “show some love” with the sample.

Come Over When You’re Sober (2017)

On June 2, 2017, Åhr announced his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober, via Instagram. The album was given the release date of August 11, 2017.

Åhr announced a Come Over When You’re Sober tour to promote the album. The tour began on August 2, 2017 and was scheduled to end on November 17, 2017.

MUSICIAL STYLE

Lil Peep is described as a “SoundCloud rapper” and his musical style as being lo-fi rap and emo-trap. The New York Times defined Åhr as the Kurt Cobain of lo-fi rap and described his music as gloomy and diabolically melodic.  Åhr’s music generally draws on both southern US rap and the angsty introspection of the rock subgenre post-hardcore.

Åhr’s music contains lyrical themes regarding topics such as suicide, past relationships, drug use, and witchcraft. He has been described as the future of emo by Steven J. Horowitz of online magazine Pitchfork. His musical influences include Gucci Mane, Riff Raff, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Crystal Castles, Seshollowaterboyz, Rozz Dyliams, My Chemical Romance and Panic! at the Disco. His songs have sampled such artists as Brand New, Radiohead, Underoath, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, The Postal Service, Oasis, and The Microphones.

DEATH

On November 15, 2017, Åhr was found unresponsive on his tour bus when his manager went to check on him in preparation for that night’s performance at a Tucson, Arizona venue. Emergency responders rendered medical aid at the scene but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 9PM MT, according to a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

“After speaking with people on scene and going into the tour bus, (police) said that there was evidence of a possible drug overdose, most likely from Xanax,” said Sgt. Pete Dugan during a phone interview with CNN. “Obviously, we’re not medical examiners, so there will be an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death,” Dugan said and added that there was “no sign of any kind of foul play” and police are “treating it as a suspicious death case, most likely from an overdose.”

In a series of Instagram posts in the hours leading to his death, Åhr claimed to have ingested psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana concentrate. In another, he claimed to have consumed six Xanaxpills following a video depicting his attempts to drop an unidentified pill into his mouth several times before successfully swallowing one and shaking a full prescription bottle. A subsequent post was captioned “When I die, you’ll love me.”

Numerous artists in the music industry, including Diplo, Post Malone, Pete Wentz, Marshmello, Zane Lowe, ASAP Nast, Rich Chigga, Riff Raff, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil B, Travis Barker, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, iLoveMakonnen, Juicy J, Bella Thorne, Sam Smith, Mark Ronson, Charli XCX, El-P, and Alice Glass, paid tribute to Åhr following his death.

The cause of death has yet to be determined.

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