Emo Rap turns into a Positive Narrative

Even before the creation of Man, there was a struggle between the forces of good and evil. Purity against sin. God against Satan. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and consume fruit that had been forbidden to them, this conflict grew to include God’s proudest creation – humans. This ideological war rages within each person’s heart. It’s often wreaking havoc on mental health, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. When faced with such inward turmoil, individuals must choose where to turn, and thus who to trust in. One can look inward, seeking answers to their pain in and of themselves, or perhaps one may seek peace in reason, using earthly resources to fill their inner void. Only a select few, a chosen people, will know to look up.

At twenty-one years old, Gustav Ahr, better known by his stage name of Lil Peep, passed away due to an accidental drug overdose. Before his death, Peep was one of the growing names in the emo rap subgenre. His death came as a shock to the entire world. Throughout his short career, Peep focused in on a number of mental health issues including depression and suicide. This open darkness is a trademark of emo culture. While Peep admitted to the dramatic nature of his hyper-emotional musical performance, the artist was portrayed as a hero within hip-hop by his biggest fans. In one instance the artist was even referred to as “the future of emo.” He was able to form a deep connection with his audience. Peep released his posthumous project ‘Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2′ last month (November).

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