Iconic SoundCloud era emo-rapper Lil Peep would’ve been 26 years old today (Nov. 1).
To celebrate his birthday, the late-artist’s estate shared “about u” for the first time on all digital streaming platforms. The track was uploaded to Peep’s SoundCloud in 2016, nearly a year before his passing on Nov. 15, 2017.
“About u” is truly about you — the fans. The track, which has accumulated over 36 million plays on SoundCloud prior to its DSP release, is led by a haunting vocal sample and a reversed piano melody. Peep comes in with energy as his signature cadence melts through the slow-burning beat. “On the day I die, would you even cry? / If I end my life, would you hold me tight?”, he croons, hitting home for die-hard fans who have held this track close to their hearts for the better part of six years.
Gus has had a plethora of posthumous releases in the time since his death, with the most recent being a 3-track EP titled Feelz in May. Peep’s most prominent afterlife works in “Falling Down” featuring XXXTENTACION, High Fashion (2021) with Harry Fraud, Castles II (2021) with longtime collaborator Lil Tracy among a slew of singles have allowed his legacy to crossover into the next generation. His 2019 album EVERYBODY’s EVERYTHING became a staple in Peep’s discography nearly two years after his death.
With a love-torn essence and a voice that paved paths for the SoundCloud era to thrive, Lil Peep’s legacy remains everlasting on “about u.”
Listen to “about u” below!