It has been a tumultuous week in music. From Migos channeling A Boogie to the much-debated returns of both Eminem and Taylor Swift. But, all of this was overshadowed in importance by the shocking, heartbreaking news of 21-year-old rapper Lil Peep’s passing.
When Lil Peep forced his way onto the scene about two years ago, he was introduced to many through his affiliation with the buzzing clique Thraxxhouse. He began to carve out a niche for himself with tracks like “Beamerboy” and “Gym Class” solidifying him as a mainstay among the tons of other talented artists emerging on the Soundcloud platform at the same time. Lil Peep’s passing comes just mere months after his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One), turned heads with how well it blended his emo influences with rap and how genuinely his appreciation for the two genres came across. The album set the foundation for a promising career that has sadly been cut short. As we take a look at the best new music of this week, let’s take a moment to appreciate artists who put their all into their music, because we never truly know the severity of what they’re going through.