WRITTEN BY: Vince Barreras
Every once in a while, there comes a person who will represent a generation in the music world. The Beatles were that for the Baby Boomers, and Kurt Cobain held that title for Generation X. These types of artists don’t come around often, but when they do, they are both impactful and influential in giving a generation their voice. In a way, that’s what Lil Peep, (born Gustav Ahr) was for the Milennials. This year, November 15, 2020 marks three years since his passing due to an accidental drug overdose. Ever since then Lil Peep’s music has reached people across not only the country, but the world.
Since his passing, fans have been treated to two albums of unreleased material, an excellent documentary, and a never ending lineup of reimagined merch. This year alone his two fan favorite mixtapes have been officially released on streaming platforms. It’s important to note that Lil Peep’s mother, Liza Womack, handles all of these authorized releases. Womack has used this time to not only celebrate her son’s life, but also connect with fans who loved her son. It’s actually a really beautiful thing to see. She even did an hour long livestream with Lil Peep contributors to celebrate the four year anniversary of the mixtape “Crybaby.” Liza is as genuine as they come, and a kind soul. Gus’ older brother, Oskar has also been working behind the scenes.
These moments are bittersweet because a life was lost so young and Peep’s potential will never be known. What we are left with, however, are hours of material that will live on forever. There’s even talks of new material being released — but for the Lil Peep estate to be able to get two classic mixtapes cleared to be put on streaming platforms this year is a major accomplishment. This should be a day to celebrate the life and work of Gus, and his contribution to the music world. He has helped so many people deal with issues of mental health and brings about a conversation that is often portrayed but never fully grasped.
If you, your friends, or loved ones struggle with mental health or substance use disorders, please reach out for help.
Gus will continue to live in our heart and minds.
To honor Gus, take a listen to this Spotify playlist of twenty of his best tracks!