Almost A Year After His Death, Lil Peep's Legacy Lives On
Lil Peep's life and career may have been cut tragically short, but the rapper's family and dedicated fans are ensuring his impact is not forgotten.
Not only did the rapper leave a wealth of musical material that's set to drop in posthumous album Come Over When You're Sober (Part Two), Variety has confirmed that a documentary on late rapper is in the works.
The film is set to be executive produced by Terrence Malick -- renowned for such filmed as Days of Heaven and Badlands -- and who was a close friend of the star's family. There's currently not much info on what exactly the doco will entail.
Peep’s mother, Liza Womack, has been vocal about releasing a follow-up album to Come Over When You're Sober Pt. 1 a year after his death, while also addressing the ethical implications on releasing music from dead artists.
"This is an important album because it is the work of a young, creative, honest, trailblazing artist," Womack said during a listening event in New York. “This album is important also because Gus is dead, but this is the album he would have made if he were living.”
She then spoke on the growing opioid crisis, while referencing fellow artists to have succumbed to it, including Mac Miller as well as Demi Lovato.
"Young music artists in this field are dying too often,” she said. "The posthumous release of a young artist’s music is a problem you are all going to have to face. You are facing it now: What do you do when a young artist dies long before his time, leaving behind a legacy of finished and unfinished work and a legion of heartbroken fans?”
Peep died on November 15 last year after ingesting generic Xanax that was laced with deadly opioid fentanyl while on tour in Tucson, Arizona.
She continued, “Well, I feel very proud of what Columbia Records has done with Gus’ album and what [producers] have done to preserve the legacy. This is the album Gus would have wanted.”
“Come Over When You’re Sober, Part 2 is important because it is the album to serve as the model for the way we handle the problem of the posthumous release by young artists who have left no explicit direction about what to do with their work if they die,” she said, adding, “If [music companies] care enough to pay for the artist’s work, [they should] trust in the artist’s work -- study the artist. Trust in the producers and collaborators that they trusted.”
Several posthumous tracks have already been released over the past year, including collaborations with Marshmello, Wiz Khalifa, Clams Casino and iLoveMakonnen.
Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2 drops on November 9.