Lil Peep The Cobain of This Generation? Maybe Probably Whatever Nevermind Yes

Dylan John
Nov 17, 2017 · 3 min read

Lil Peep released some really good music. Was he a Kurt Cobain of this generation? That is debateable.

He wasn’t the first to record “emo-rap” music that he has been accredited as creating, BONES of TeamSESH was a huge inspiration for Peep. But I do think Lil Peep was more successful at making it more accessible to the masses and had a more diverse fan base than BONES. Peep would of taken a record deal and gone for the Mainstream, whereas BONES has no interest in a record deal nor does he care about the mainstream. Plus BONES is an advocate for clean living and staying away from drugs.

BONES was a huge influence for Peep, even going so far as to record his own versions of songs that BONES sampled (I actually was reading a story last week that brought this up. But, being a fan of both Peep and BONES, I was just like “whatever”). So the only comparison between Cobain and Ahr (Lil Peep was born Gustav Ahr) is that they both brought to the mainstream a sound from the underground and made it popular. Peep was not the creator of this sound, he wasn’t the first, but the mainstream media is running with that narrative. It really devalues the work that Peep’s contemporaries have put into this genre of music. The same goes for Cobain, they heralded him as the creator of Grunge, but Kurt wasn’t the first and he certainly didn’t say or believe he was. Peep certainly didn’t believe that he was the creator of this genre of music.

Nirvana was 7 years into their career when Cobain died, Peep was just about to blow up. He had roughly 1.7million monthly listeners on Spotify(as of today [11/17/2017]) and millions of plays on Youtube & Soundcloud. Had he not died, he would of broken through to the top of the game. But in today’s age, a record deal and the charts really do not matter. The underground really is the mainstream these days, so to say who has made it or not is a really tough call. In my opinion, he had made it to the top in the underground. Not many artists in the underground circuits have hundreds of millions plays over all the platforms.

Peep released his debut album in August, Come Over When You’re Sober Pt 1 was highly successful, even though he released it himself (however he had a record deal in the UK with Warner Bros Records). His next move surely would of been a record deal and his mainstream debut in the United States, which is why his death is so sad. He was just a kid who had so much potential, but his flame burned out prematurely. Had he lived another year, Peep would of been the Cobain of this Generation, he would of brought the so called “Emo-Rap” wave to the mainstream. Sadly, it was not meant to be and most of his fans knew this was coming. We knew he was troubled, but yet we though Peep was somehow immune to the possibility of dying. He was our little secret, he understood our darkest of times, he made sure we weren’t alone.

“When I die you’ll love me” was the third to last thing Peep said on Instagram, he wasn’t wrong. All the people who never gave his music a chance, because they thought his name was a joke, are all now saying “His music is sooo good, I’m a huge fan now”. They didn’t get the joke, Peep was a nickname from high school, and it really highlighted the fact that he just didn’t really care about the opinion’ of others. That is where the similarities between Kurt Cobain and Gustav “Lil Peep” Ahr end.

So the answer to the question, “Is Lil Peep the Kurt Cobain of this Generation?” is almost.

RIPeep my friend Gus

Dylan John

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