Lil Peep has died, his publicist confirms in an email to Pitchfork. The rising emo-rapper was 21 years old. His cause of death is not yet known. Lil Peep was born Gustav Åhr in Pennsylvania. He was raised in Long Island by his college-professor father and his mother, a first grade teacher. In interviews, he said his father abandoned their family when Åhr was 14. Shortly after dropping out of high school, Åhr received his diploma through online computer courses. He moved to Los Angeles, where he joined several rap collectives including Schemaposse and Gothboiclique.
In 2015, Åhr released his debut project, LiL PEEP PART ONE, on SoundCloud. He began releasing mixtapes with names like Crybabyand Hellboy. In 2016 and 2017, his videos for “White Wine” and “Girls” garnered millions of views; in November 2016, he released the song “kiss,” which Pitchfork named a Best New Track and the No. 100 song of 2016. In August this year, he released his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One). The final song he released, “Avoid,” appeared on Soundcloud last month.
Lil Peep’s music was characterized by a candid approach to drug use and mental illness. The words “get cake die young” were tattooed on his forehead just below his hairline. “I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, Fuck, I wish I didn’t wake up,” he told Pitchfork. “I don’t express that side of myself on social media. That’s the side of myself that I express through music. That’s my channel for letting all that shit out.”