Described as “the Future of Emo” back in January in a Pitchfork article entitled “Tears of a Dirtbag,” Lil Peep’s “I do what I want, when I want” Soundcloud rapper attitude is anything but unique. Coming up around the same time as his contemporary XXXTentacion, Lil Peep’s fans and music follow a similar theme: overly melodramatic with a twinge of, as Pitchfork described it, dirtbag.
Both characters say heinous things in and outside the music, which fetishizes the overly depressed, and are beyond what one would consider roll model material, throwing “would you let your daughter date a Rolling Stone?” history out the window. I do get the idea behind calling Peep the “future of emo,” however, as most emerging sounds aren’t appreciated until someone with more musicality can comprehend and blend it within something more desirable years later, but his debut record, entitled Come Over When You’re Sober, Part. 1, (spare me a Part. 2), is utterly monotonous in emotion and delivery.
Lil Peep, for one, sounds like he just woke up on every track, as words just fall out of his mouth into the auto-tune machine with little care (somehow worse than Young Thug’s original mixtapes), but it wouldn’t even matter if you could comprehend what he was saying, as lines such as the opening lyrics from “Save That Shit” below, barely justify as sentences:
Fuck my life, can’t save that girl
Don’t tell me you can save that shit
All she want is payback for the way I always play that shit
You ain’t getting nothing that I’m saying
Don’t tell me you is
No Lil Peep, you’re right. I’m not getting anything that you’re saying.
I don’t know what the future of emo music is, whether it’s XXXTentacion, the Marilyn Manson co-signed Lil Uzi Vert, or even more traditionally recognized emo like the band Brand New, whose newest record, Science Fiction, became their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, but I can say that I heavily doubt it’s “tears of a dirtbag” Lil Peep.
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