Interview mit Lil Peep

Lil Peep, welcher in den letzten zwei Jahren zu den vielversprechendsten Nachwuchstalenten der Popmusik zählte und die grenzüberschreitende Polyvalenz des zeitgenössischen Hip-Hop mit der rohen Sentimentalität des Emocore vermischte, starb mit gerade einmal 21 Jahren. Lil Peep wurde am 1. November 1996 als Gustav Ahr geboren und wuchs in Long Beach als Sohn eines Hochschullehrers und einer Grundschullehrerin auf.

Photographer G L ASKEW II

Lil Peeps Musik – übermütig und verzweifelt zugleich – ließ ihn zu einem der vielversprechendsten Künstler der aktuellen SoundCloud-Generation avancieren. Im August letzten Jahres veröffentlichte er sein Debüt-Album “Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1”.

Nicht nur musikalisch stach Peep hervor. Seine Statur war groß und hager; die Haare Pink, Schwarz oder Blond gefärbt und sein Körper entwickelte sich im Laufe der Zeit als fleischgewordene Leinwand von diversen Tätowierungen. Er partizipierte auf etlichen Laufstegen in Paris und Mailand, unter anderem für Marken wie Rick Owens, Balmain und Marcelo Burlon.

Der Kampf mit Drogen und selbstmörderischen Impulsen war jedoch allgegenwärtig und ließ sich laut diversen Interviews auf seine Zeit als Teenager zurückzuführen. Die Offenheit, mit der er über die schwierigen Episoden seines Lebens sprach, war Nährboden für eine besonders intensive Bindung mit seinen Fans.

Folgendes Interview wurde am 7. Januar 2017 via Facebook Messenger geführt und wurde aus Qualitätsgründen – bis dato – nie veröffentlicht.

 

Hey, can you introduce yourself? What’s the story behind your name? 

What’s up, I’m Lil Peep. My mom has been calling me Peep my whole life, that’s how I got the name.

How did you start rapping?

When I found out about the whole online rap-scene that was developing on SoundCloud. It inspired me to start doing it myself. I recorded every song I’ve ever done on my Macbook myself. After a couple of months, I noticed there were tens of thousands of plays on my shit, so I kept going.

Have you been able to capitalize on your success so far?

When I first moved out of home, straight out of high school thinking I was going to pay rent with this SoundCloud rap career I had going on. But it turned out I couldn’t really do that yet. So I had to go back home, but I started making more and more money and the fan base grew. Now I’m straight. Make plenty, got plenty of fans, plenty of followers, plenty of people willing to support. It’s fucking great.

This is kind of a weird left-field question but there are so many drug references in your music. Lately, I’ve been really interested in how drugs are affecting artists in their work. Are drugs a good way to achieve spiritual experiences and do they affect your work?

I love to talk about drugs because it is relatable. I am always around different drugs so I sing about it: Weed, Xanax, Percocet, Lean. I used to do a lot of coke, probably much everything. They’re one of my biggest inspirations.

Does these drugs help with anxiety? 

Yeah Xanax defnitely help, that’s what they made for. It calms me down.

Is there anything that scares the shit out of you?

Death and centipedes.

Your aesthetic, from the fashion to your latest video „girls“ is very idiosyncratic. What influences you?

Just being weird and being different. Not following trends, starting trends you know?

You change your style on a daily. How come? 

I probably done a lot of acid and mushrooms. I’m just weird.

Talking about drugs: Club experiences I’ve had in the last few years have been the only times I’ve been connected to a culture; the only time I’ve been connected to people who fully get me and what I’m doing. Do you see the LA club culture as an escape or as a place of connection?

It’s more of an escape. I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like not that shit again. That was part of why I moved to California, trying to get away from the place that was doing that to me, and the people I was around. I don’t express that side of myself on social media. That’s the side of myself that I express through music.

On the track “OMFG,” you talk about wanting to kill yourself. Are you medicated for depression?

I’m not. I just like smoking weed and whatever other drug comes my way.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

Just getting my name out there. In a couple of years, I’ll be a household name. Everyone’s going to know who I am. I’ve done so much in such a short amount of time already that I don’t think it’s that unreasonable of a goal.