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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Controversial Death of Rapper Lil Peep

Many have heard of rapper Lil Peep, while others have no idea of who he even is. Gustav Åhr, mostly known for his stage name “Lil Peep”, has recently passed away on November 15 of this year, due to a fatal overdose. Lil Peep was barely 21 when he died, just two weeks after his birthday.

Lil Peep was an upcoming rapper, praised for blending the two distinctly different genres of hip hop and emo. His gloomy vocals and lyrics paired with entrancing trap beat gained the attention of fans all over the world. He started out on Soundcloud, releasing a mixtape entitled “Lil Peep Part One” that quickly rose to relevance in its first week, garnering 4,000 hits. He continued to release a number of mixtapes after that, ending with his first and only album “Come Over When You’re Sober”. He did in fact do a tour for this Come Over When You’re Sober, but it was cut short due to his death.

Gustav personally struggled with depression and addiction to drugs in his life, showing many suicidal tendencies through his posts and his music. According to an interview from The Times, in his teenage years he didn’t like attending school- even though he had good grades. So, he resorted to getting his diploma from home. He even started self-tattooing at the young age of 14, showing how rebellious he was in earlier years. As he started to experience severe depression, he started to use substances to cope. Many of his Instagram and Twitter posts chillingly foreshadow his near death. One such post on Instagram, a mere three days before he passed, is captioned “When I die You’ll love me”.

Even though he did in fact suffer with depression and drug addiction, his death was not a suicide- it’s suspected that it was an accidental overdose. However, the police investigating the situation found it suspicious, since Peep was too young to suddenly die from natural causes, or even the drugs around him. Many speculate that the xanax he took was laced with the opioid fentanyl, which in tiny doses can easily cause an overdose. But toxicology reports have yet to prove this theory.

Looking in further shows some shady business. According to Rolling Stone, a string of text messages reveal that Peep’s friend, Mariah Bons, had supposedly gotten him high (along with her friend). She even noticed that he had passed out and wouldn’t wake up, but she thought nothing of it.

Fentanyl-laced or not, there are still dangers that come with taking excessive amounts of drugs. Modern-day rap has somewhat glorified drug culture, with many songs mentioning the use of xanax, lean, vicodin, etc. Gustav used it as a crutch, a crutch that ultimately resulted in his early death. Maybe it could have been prevented, maybe it couldn’t have, but the music industry has lost an artist that was full of potential.

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