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…
“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