I didn’t listen to Lil Peep while he was alive. I was aware of him, yes, but for whatever reason I just never really looked into him and pressed play. I had a preconceived idea of who Lil Peep was, and apparently that was enough. Even right after he passed, I resisted listening to Lil Peep. When everyone around you is talking about something so much, it can make you want to avoid that thing out of spite or pride or whatever the fuck it is. Or maybe that’s just me, I don’t know.
But I do know that lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Lil Peep, and regretting the fact I didn’t give in and listen months ago. Peep blends pop-punk energy with hip-hop in a way that my all favorite angst-ridden bands did growing up. Blink 182’s Dude Ranch and Enema Of The State were there for my childhood and My Chemical Romance’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge was the soundtrack to high school. Peep was all of that for so many kids growing up right now.
So finding this video of Lil Peep performing Blink-182’s “Dammit” at Webster Hall is exceptionally bittersweet. Peep is spilling his heart, the room is packed, and the crowd is going nuts. I know this video is not new—this show was in April of 2017—but it’s new to me and probably new to a lot of people. Lil Peep had so much potential and this video shows the genuine connection he had with his fans.
Watch the video below and listen to Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1 here.