RIP Lil PeepFirst Access, 2017
7.5 / 10
The soft pitch for Lil Peep’s brand of rap-rock doesn’t exactly leap off the page or telegraph itself as something fundamentally enticing. Dude sing-rapped in a style recalling the Maddens on a bad night over chunky rock and electronica samples; in describing this to someone who’s usually very open towards all sorts of music, my friend responded, “I had that same idea fifteen years ago but discarded it because I thought it was too stupid to pursue.” It’s all easy enough to mock so long as you’re not actively listening to the music.
What makes Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1 so indelible is that it breaks down the idea of emo down to its essence, of complaining about complaining about your pain and finding solace in knowing you’re not alone in that and giving you a good groove through which to process all of this. It’s a breezy listen that certainly has room for improvement and sonic expansion, and had I listened to it on its initial release, this review would have ended with some hopeful statement about wanting to see where Lil Peep would go next. He was on to something here.