The Washington Post has posted an obituary paying tribute to rapper Lil Peep, who died from a drug overdose last month on his tour bus. Pitchfork‘s Ryan Dombal compared Peep to a ‘zombie’ Layne Staley.
“Peep sounds like a zombie version of the late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley as he explores newfound vulnerabilities … takes solace in his outsider status … and offers some semi-sweet nothings,” Ryan Dombal wrote. “A woozy mix of trap hits, tinny guitar strums, and sleigh bells(!) set an ominous tone, but just then, as the song seems destined to fade out, Peep’s voice rings out from the bleakness, begging for one more chance.”
For his part, Peep told XXL that he considered himself a mix of Fall Out Boy and rapper iLoveMakonnen.
“I grew up listening to a lot of emo music, a lot of rock music, a lot of rap music, a lot of trap music, funk, everything,” he told the magazine.
Tributes to Lil Peep have poured in from fans, fellow musicians and friends, including Makonnen, who wrote, “I’ll always love u, we became best friends and made some of the best music I have ever been apart of.”
Peep’s mother discussed his Red Hot Chili Peppers fandom in an Instagram post.
Today I will kiss my baby, my strong young man, goodbye. We loved singing to the Chilis together–and he knew I always loved this song because it blasts and has good harmony. We sang along to this in August when we were driving home to LB from celebrating his grandpas 80th birthday. Thank you, Gus, for putting this on for me this morning. Mama loves you. As she will until the day she dies. Stay by my side, my sweet little Peep.🐥