Now that the Hellboy himself is somewhere up at the big emo night in the sky forever, leading his ‘Goth Boi Clique’ from beyond the sun, I figured I would put together a list of my top 10 Lil Peep songs as a mini tribute. He’s a bit outside the realm of the music that’s usually on this site and I hate being one of those people that writes an article about someone because they died, and I certainly can’t get behind everything that he did/put out, but overall if nothing else he was certainly an interesting artist doing his own thing and pushing the boundaries of rap. It’s up for debate whether it’s a good trend or not but Peep was certainly at the vanguard of this wave of rappers incorporating emo/metal/punk etc. aesthetics and textures/elements into their music and now there are a myriad of new, generic guys trying to do the same thing, to the point that it seems like for a lot of younger artists and fans, this is the main type of rap now.
I remember last December browsing new mixtapes on Datpiff and seeing one entitled ‘Hellboy’ by a guy with pink hair and face tattoos wearing a New Jersey Devils t-shirt and debating whether I should check it out, eventually succumbing to post-holiday boredom and deciding to do it, figuring if nothing else I’d get some comic value/troll value out of it. Much to my pleasant surprise, the tape actually had quite a few bangers on it (is that really the right type of word for this type of music??) and it threw me down a bit of a wormhole for a few weeks listening to his other material and that of his other cohorts and minions.
Favorite Lil Peep fun fact: Apparently he once played a show with Cam’ron. That must have been an interesting conversation backstage. I wonder if there is a lot of unreleased Lil Peep material still in the GBC vault. Before stumbling across these guys on a cold dark day last winter I don’t think I ever expected to hear all this talk of vampires and goth babes in a rap song, and for that, I salute them. RIP Peep, I hope they have a Hot Topic and a wide variety of seasonal Peeps confections for you in heaven.
10. Lil Peep – Worlds Away
Lil Peep over a Horse Head beat sampling an indie rock dweeb ‘Bright Eyes’ and actually giving it some punch. I didn’t want to like this one at first but it grew on me.
9. Lil Peep ft. Xavier Wulf – Drive By
Peep collaborates with Memphis’ Xavier Wulf for this hypnotic track from his Hellboy album. MOTOROLLA PHONE I AINT GOING HOME
8. Gab3 ft. Lil Peep – Hollywood Dreamin
I don’t know who Gab3 is but ‘Hollywood Dreaming’ makes the list on the strength of Peep’s chorus, he actually was a pretty good hook guy. This is probably Peep’s best ‘summer jam’ type of song.