RIP Gustav Ahr (Lil Peep) Nov. 1, 1996 – Nov. 15, 2017
In the millennial era of social media and celebrity, the instant notification of someone’s death has almost become novel, but the death of emo-rapper Lil Peep on Nov. 16 at the age of 21 was a shock to the system and a loss to all.
Lil Peep, born Gustav Ahr, rose through the ranks over the past two years combining dark trap-like beats with emphatic and harrowing lyrics addressing depression, anxiety, and fatally, drug use. Rappers are not shy about their indulgent use of prescription drugs like Xanax, and Ahr was no stranger. With the recent influx of fake Xanax bars popping up all over the country that are often cut with a “mega-opiate” Fentanyl, the overdose rate has skyrocketed. Ahr paved the way for gender-nonconforming, mental health-aware, emo-rap—even being dubbed the future of emo—he helped his fans, who felt the same things. Coping mechanisms come in all shapes and sizes, but no one is alone and help can and will be there if needed. Depression and addiction are not trends to be glorified, butare rather an all too real and growing problem. Lil Peep deserved a happy ending.