Lil Peep’s first major release since fentanyl tragedy

Born Gustav Elijah Åhr, Lil Peep, a rapper that music portrays a blended hip-hop with guitar-driven emo style. Columbia Records has recently released his first album after his tragic death. Lil Peep was found dead in his tour bus on Nov. 15 2017 while on his debut album’s “Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.1” tour due to an accidental drug overdose caused by a Xanax laced with fentanyl. Now it is obvious to see the significance of the release of the recent “Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.2” album.

Photograph: Miller Rodríguez (Pretty Puke)

Lil Peep’s sophomore album “Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.2” is a tough one to listen to after his recent death. Lil Peep as he usually does spills out his emotions into the music that he creates but now with him being gone it hits you with deeper emotion. As a listener you can hear the intensified cry for help from the artist. Especially in his fourth track on the album, “Cry Alone,” the lyrics “I don’t wanna die alone right now, I just did a line of blow right now” are repeated for the chorus and reflect the pain Lil Peep was in. Later in the song he also talks about his hatred for his home town of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Reciting lyrics “I hate everybody in my hometown, I wanna burn my old high school into the ground.” Lil Peep’s mother spoke on these feeling at his memorial service saying “Some of his friends’ parents told their sons and daughters they didn’t want them to hang around with Gus.”

The seventh track “Life is Beautiful” is another example of dark emo style music that he is known for. In this song Peep uses the line “I think that life is beautiful” to stress the bad times that he has been through. Lil Peep expresses the terrible things that happen in life like a terminal brain tumor, justification of the death of your brother and even the most chilling statement in the whole album, “There comes a time when everybody meets the same fate, I think I’ma die alone inside my room.”

“I have been listening to Peep for a couple years now so I was hyped to hear the new album and it met all my expectation and it still hits home that he’s not here to see what impact he has made.” Brian Hood, sophomore Biology major, said.

Billboard released the first week sales and the top chart placement of “Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.2.” The album sold 81,000 equivalent units, with 43,000 pure album sales to debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

As for a part 3 of “Come Over When You’re Sober” it is still up in the air to be released next year around the same time. Lil Peep’s producer, Smokeasac, has released a statement saying that he still has “a decent amount of songs” that he recorded with Peep prior to his death that have yet to be released.