Lil Peep. XXXTentacion. The one died from accidental Fentanyl–Xanax overdose, and the other from a a gunshot wound. Both are gone, indeed, but stoutly living in their songs, especially in “Falling Down,” which was released posthumously. The song debuted at 47 on Billboard Hot 100.
One can find several dark lines in the song, but it is open to doubt both rappers were anticipating their deaths so young. Part of the lyrics, for instance, reads: “His name will live, brother/ No, I got—, I feel hella shitty because it’s like, yo/ Like, if I would have known he was so cool/ And it’s like, yo, if I would have watched interviews sooner, bro, we were so alike/ It’s unfortunate because it’s like, yo, when people die, that’s when we like ’em, you know?/ ‘Cause your remorse kinda makes you check ’em out.”
One gets slapped with the hypocrisy of much of mankind. You are liked – loved – when you are no longer there. When you are beaten and dead.
Lil Peep (birth name Gustav Elijah Åhr) died at 21 in 2017. XXXTentacion (birth name Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy) died at 20 in 2018. They both died young, but they certainly redefined the rap game in the short time they lived.
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