Gustav Elijah Åhr (November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017), known professionally as Lil Peep, was an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. He was known for being part of a "post-emo revival style of hip-hop". AllMusic described his music as a blend of hip hop and rock influences along with trap, punk, and dream pop.
Lil Peep in August 2016
Gustav Elijah Åhr|
November 1, 1996
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
November 15, 2017 (aged 21)|
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
|Cause of death||Fentanyl-Xanax overdose|
|Other names||Lil Bo Peep|
|Origin||Long Beach, New York, U.S.|
Gustav Elijah Åhr was born on November 1, 1996, in Allentown, Pennsylvania to first-grade teacher Liza Womack and college professor Karl Johan Åhr and grew up on Long Island, New York. His parents were both Harvard graduates who divorced when he was a teenager.
Åhr attended Lindell Elementary School and then Long Beach High School in Lido Beach, New York, which he rarely attended in spite of good grades and was on the deans list for the time he attended. He later dropped out of the high school and took online courses to earn his diploma. Shortly thereafter, he began posting his music on YouTube and SoundCloud.
When Åhr was a teenager, he called himself a loner who made a majority of his friends online. Inspired by underground acts like Seshhollowaterboyz and iLoveMakonnen, Åhr left high school early to move to Los Angeles and meet up with online friends. Initially living in Skidrow, Los Angeles and dipping in and out of homelessness, he eventually met up with Memphis producer JGRXXN and Florida rappers Ghostemane and Craig Xen, living with them while forming the collective Schemaposse. According to Åhr, he originally met Craig Xen online and was introduced to JGRXXN who needed a singer. Åhr also attempted to attend Glendale Community College during his first year living in Los Angeles.
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. Åhr began to grow in popularity soon after, with the song "Star Shopping" (later released as a single following his death) from Lil Peep Part One making waves in underground hip-hop circles. Åhr's popularity continued to grow after the release of the song "Beamer Boy" which led to him performing live for the first time with the rest of Schemaposse in March 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. The following month, Schemaposse broke up and Åhr wasn't associated with any collective though they remained on good terms.
Shortly after the breakup of Schemaposse, Åhr began to associate with Los Angeles-based rap collective, Gothboiclique, featuring members of the group on his full-length mixtape Crybaby. According to Åhr, Crybaby was recorded within the space of three days with an $150 microphone. He did a majority of the mixing and mastering himself. Crybaby was released in June 2016.
In May 2017, the band Mineral accused Peep of copyright infringement for including an unlicensed and uncredited sample of their song "LoveLetterTypewriter" in his "Hollywood Dreaming" track. Peep said that he was only trying to "show some love" with the sample. One month later, Peep announced his debut album, Come Over When You're Sober, via Instagram. The album was given the release date of August 11, 2017. After a slight delay, the album was released on August 15, 2017. Peep 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, but was cut short by two days due to his death.
Following Åhr's death, the single "Awful Things" from Come Over When You're Sober, Part One charted, becoming his first and only entry on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 79.
Due to Peep's prolific work rate, a number of songs and projects were completed prior to his death. The first official posthumous release arrived within twenty-four hours of his death as videographer Wiggy released the official video for "Sixteen Lines". On January 12, 2018, Marshmello officially released a collaboration entitled "Spotlight". The subsequent video for "Spotlight" was released on February 12, 2018. On January 15, 2018, Juicy J officially released "Got 'Em Like", which featured Lil Peep and Wiz Khalifa. On January 27, 2018, SoundCloud rapper Teddy released a song collaboration with Lil Peep entitled "Dreams & Nightmares".
In March 2018, Peep's archive was acquired by Columbia Records. A collaboration with rapper iLoveMakonnen titled "Sunlight on Your Skin" is expected to be released on Makonnen's label Warner Bros. On May 13, 2018, a posthumous single, "4 Gold Chains", featuring Clams Casino, was released on Apple Music, iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and Tidal, including a music video, which was released on YouTube and Apple Music. In early June, a previously unreleased song from Lil Peep entitled "Sex With My Ex" was leaked onto YouTube unauthorized. On June 14th, the song's studio mastered version was released onto streaming services as a single (following the rough version of the songs leak). Quickly following this, the song was removed from the streaming services.
Lil Peep was described as making lo-fi rap, being an "emo-trap heartthrob" and an "emo rapper". New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica defined Peep as the Kurt Cobain of lo-fi rap and described his music as gloomy and diabolically melodic. Peep's music generally drew on both Southern rap and the angsty introspection of the rock subgenre post-hardcore. He said that he wanted to become the "New Kurt Cobain". AllMusic described his music as a blend of hip hop and rock influences along with trap, punk, and dream pop.
Peep's music contains lyrical themes regarding topics such as depression, drug use, past relationships, and suicidal thoughts. He had been described as the future of emo by Steven J. Horowitz of online magazine Pitchfork. Before the release of his first album, he mentioned Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, Frank Ocean and Riff Raff as inspirations, and wanted to be known as the "Kurt Cobain of Rap". His other musical influences include Gucci Mane, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Crystal Castles, Seshollowaterboyz, Rozz Dyliams, My Chemical Romance and Panic! at the Disco. His songs have sampled such artists as Blink-182, Pierce the Veil, Brand New, Radiohead, Underoath, Three Days Grace, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, The Postal Service, Oasis and The Microphones.
On November 15, 2017, Åhr was found dead on his tour bus when his manager went to check on him in preparation for that night's performance at a Tucson, Arizona venue. Foul play was not suspected, with his death believed to be from an overdose. On December 8, the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner released details from a toxicology report, certifying the cause of death was an accidental overdose due to the effects of the pain medications fentanyl and alprazolam. Blood tests tested positive for cannabis, cocaine and the painkiller Tramadol. Urine tests also showed the presence of multiple powerful opiates, including Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxycodone and Oxymorphone. There was no alcohol in his system.
In a series of Instagram posts in the hours leading up to his death, Åhr claimed to have ingested psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana concentrate. In another, he claimed to have consumed six Xanax pills 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."
In the days after his death, a police report revealed that Åhr had taken a nap around 5:45 p.m. before the concert. His manager checked on him twice and found him sleeping and breathing fine, but was unable to wake him. When the manager checked on Åhr a third time, he was unresponsive and not breathing. Åhr's manager performed CPR before medics arrived, though he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Åhr's death was on Snapchat by friend Bexey Swan, who believed Åhr was asleep.
Numerous artists in the music industry paid tribute to Åhr following his death, including Diplo, Post Malone, Pete Wentz, Marshmello, Zane Lowe, A$AP Nast, Rich Brian, Playboi Carti, Ugly God, Lil Uzi Vert, Bella Thorne, Sam Smith, Lil Pump, Mark Ronson, Trippie Redd, and El-P. Jon Caramanica, a music critic for the New York Times, held a special remembrance podcast episode to honor Peep following his death which was released on November 22, 2017. Good Charlotte also honored Lil Peep, releasing a cover of "Awful Things", which was shown at his memorial in Long Beach, New York on December 2, 2017. Three Days Grace paid tribute by posting a video on Instagram and Twitter of a remix of Peep's song "Witchblades" featuring Lil Tracy. The remixed song's beat was a slowed down instrumental track of the band's song, "The Real You". Lil Peep would be mentioned by Juicy J (who had collaborated with him before his death) on Rae Sremmurd's Powerglide. On June 19, 2018, rapper Juice WRLD released a two-song EP titled "Too Soon.." dedicated to him and XXXTentacion, the latter being involved in a homicide relating to robbery.
Åhr was cremated at Huntington Station, New York.
Ahr would be inspired to use the pseudonym of Lil Peep because his mom had called him Peep his "whole life", according to Åhr in an interview with Vice. He had a close relationship with his mother, going so far as to tattoo her initials and birthday on his arm as his first tattoo at the age of fourteen. 
In 2016, Åhr moved from Skid Row to his Echo Park apartment in Los Angeles where he recorded and produced the majority of his commercial work. At the time of his death, Åhr was residing in London with his friend and close collaborator, BEXEY.
Åhr played the trombone and tuba and expressed an interest in music and fashion from a young age. Åhr regularly referenced addictions to cocaine, ecstasy and Xanax in his lyrics and posts on social media, where he described himself as a "productive junkie" and advised his audience to avoid drug use. Åhr came out as bisexual in a Twitter post in August 2017. Around this time he was dating the actress Bella Thorne.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1||38||3||16||13|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Benz Truck (гелик)"||2017||—||—||—||Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1|
(featuring Lil Tracy)
|"Benz Truck (Pt. 2)"||—||—||—|
|"Save That Shit"||—||97||—|
|"4 Gold Chains"
(featuring Clams Casino)
|"Goth Queen"||Boy Froot|
|"On the Floor"||Yung Goth|
|"Bitch I'ma Kill You"||JGrxxn, Ghostemane|
|"Words You Hear On a Sinking Ship"||JGrxxn, Ghostemane|
|"Another Cup"||2016||Drippin' So Pretty|
|"Backstage Shawty"||Nedarb Nagrom|
|"Rain"||Mikey the Magician||N/A|
|"Emo Nite"||Little Pain|
|"Ashamed of Myself"|
|"Homecoming"||Killstation, JGrxxn, Ghostemane, Kold-Blooded, OmenXIII, Brennan Savage|
|"On the Run"||Cold Hart|
|"Glassy"||Meeting by Chance||Changes|
|"Let It Flow"|
|"Lie to Me"|
|"Lose My Mind"|
|"P.S. Fuck You Cunt"||Fat Nick||When the Lean Runs Out|
|"Blueberry Lemonade"||Craig Xen, Nedarb Nagrom||N/A|
|"The Kronik"||Kronik Williams|
|"Water Damage"||Wavy Jone$||Reality Is a Hoax & Humans Are a Disease|
|"Drown for You"||Cold Hart||The OC Season 2|
|"Hate My Life"||Mystic Phonk|
|"(NewWorldOrder)"||Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Tracy|
|"No Love"||Mikey Cortez|
|"Missed Calls"||Mackned||American Boy|
|"Oh It's Lit"||Fat Nick|
|"Not the One"||Since When||Your Name Is Still My Password|
|"Getting Money Still Sad Too"||Horsehead|
|"4am In LA"||Chxpo||Emo Savage|
|"Oh"||Lil Raven, Lil Tracy||Fly Away|
|"In Dis Bih"||Lil Tracy, Thouxanbanfauni||XOXO|
|"Going Through My Cellphone"||Mackned||N/A|
|"Pictures 2"||Mackned, Lil Tracy||Hollywood Dropout|
|"Black Jeep"||Mackned, Cold Hart|
|"U Don't Know Me"||Original God||The Second Coming|
|"Time Bomb"||Horsehead||This Mess Is My Mess|
|"Poor Thing"||Jaxxon D. Silva||Poor Thing|
|"Get Fucked Up"||Marty Baller||N/A|
|"I Can't Feel My Face"||KirbLaGoop, Mackned||Trapped In da 100|
|"Got 'Em Like"||2018||Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa||ShutDaFukUp|
|"Dreams & Nightmares"||Teddy||N/A|
Lil Peep, born Gustav Åhr, had been one of the more talented and brutally depressive members of the SoundCloud rap community.