Critical Reviews: Lil Peep

Listen to Blake, Jake, and special guest host Sasha Kalra discuss the critical response to Lil Peep at the 44:44 mark below!

When Lil Peep first burst on to the scene, critics had a hard time deciding what to make of him. He was a white teen from Long Island, covered head to toe in tattoos, making music that straddled the line between emo, hip-hop, and something completely new. His immense popularity with teens and inability - or unwillingness - for older music fans to understand and accept him, made him a polarizing figurehead of the underground.

In Noisey UK's first interview with Lil Peep, authour Emma Garland excellently sums up the confusion critics felt towards Lil Peep at the time.

Critics have spent months stroking their chins over what business this kid with a "Daddy" tattoo has scream-rapping over Mount Eerie instrumentals, while fans of emo and rap respectively have generally struggled to take his Taking Back Sunday-influenced trap seriously

In the same article, Lil Peep himself acknowledges that he's a difficult character to unravel, but preaches patience.

They don't yet, but they will soon. It's gonna take a while, it might even take a couple of years, but soon enough everyone's gonna get it.

In the wake of his death, the media coverage surrounding Lil peep was centred on his history of drug use. An open user of weed, cocaine, xanax among others to cope with his depression and bipolar disorder, many outlets drew a connection between his drug usage and his genre of music, a connection almost exclusively reserved for hip-hop artists. After the passing of Lil Peep's contemporary Juice WRLD in 2019, Vice Social Editor and friend of the show and Jill Krajewski pointed out the bias inherent in the coverage.

Peep was a complex figure whose music and image demanded attention, yet resisted categorization. To give a fuller picture of the all too brief life of the artist, a documentary entitled 'Everybody's Everything' was released in 2019.