Plus, LIL PEEP plays his first UK show

LAST WEEK, RAP­PER LIL PEEP PLAYED HIS DE­BUT UK SHOW. HE MAKES MU­SIC UN­LIKE ANY­THING ELSE. SOME SAY HE’S REIN­VENTED EMO. MAR­I­ANNE ELOISE WAS DOWN THE FRONT…

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“Do I sound good?” asks rap­per LIL PEEP of a sold-out omeara, the new venue in Lon­don Bridge that opened last oc­to­ber. The an­swer, from his de­voted fans – fans who’ve waited pa­tiently for him to grace the uk with a live per­for­mance for eons – is a re­sound­ing and screamed:“yes!”

LIL PEEP hails from Long Is­land, new York, and given he’s only been on the scene for a lit­tle over a year, has amassed an im­pres­sive fol­low­ing; his dark, dank, some­times fright­en­ing videos have well over a mil­lion hits each on Youtube.

Born gus­tav Åhr, the 20-year-old LA res­i­dent reels out a host of his big­gest songs in front of a fran­tic crowd. sure, LIL PEEP has amassed his haters – any­one do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent will do – and that’s some­thing that’s in part down to not only his sta­tus as a white emo rap­per, but his look. He’s cov­ered from head-to-toe in ill-ad­vised tat­toos; among many oth­ers ‘cry­baby’ on his face and ‘DADDY’ across his chest. He’s cur­rently sport­ing a crop of pink and black hair, but it was pre­vi­ously bleach blond – in­spired by Black Pa­radeera ger­ard Way. He’s an MCR fan, if that wasn’t al­ready ob­vi­ous.

It’s hard not to think that this is what emo sounds like in 2017. LIL PEEP is cur­rently work­ing on his de­but al­bum, but in the past year has al­ready re­leased mix­tapes cry­baby and HELL­BOY, as well as other one-offs via sound­cloud. He’s very pro­lific. Rap­ping and singing sad lyrics about sex, sui­cide and drugs over a beat and a recog­nis­able sam­ple from al­ter­na­tive songs he’s a fan of, like Brand new’s The no seat­belt song on cry­baby, or The Postal ser­vice’s such great Heights on White Tee, PEEP’S songs are a unique blend of hip-hop and emo. other songs sam­ple sta­ple K! fix­tures like un­der­øath, avenged sev­en­fold or slayer. His lyrics, such as ‘I used to wanna kill my­self / Came up / still wanna kill my­self’ on omfg, are ei­ther hard-hit­ting or garbage, de­pend­ing on who you ask – but what stops them short from be­ing em­bar­rass­ing or false is the con­fes­sional de­liv­ery. LIL PEEP is noth­ing if not au­then­tic, and the gig tonight feels dangerous, in a good way.

Watch out, Ger­ard Way

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