Pushed him to the edge
Following the death of Lil Peep from an accidental overdose, Lil Uzi Vert is looking to get off Xanax.
After the 21-year-old rapper passed away on his tour bus before a show in Tucson, Arizona, plenty of rappers and rap fans have been reevaluating their relationship to drugs and the music that addicts make.
Vert seems to have been scared straight by the emo-rap star’s sudden death. First, he shared a post where he claimed to understand what Peep was going through before admitting he’s trying to get clean.
“We Would love 2 stop ….. But Do You Really Care Cause We Been On Xanax All F–king Year,” Uzi wrote on Twitter. “Rip Buddy I 100% Understand and I Don’t Fault U.”
Later that evening, he shared his experience from a single day of being sober.
“Sober 2 day I have been shaking. I have been cursing my love ones out and fighting/In the studio with no thoughts in my head. Teeth biting down because I just wanna be angry at something,” he said. “Maybe I will just smoke weed tonight.”
An Outcry and an Insider
There has been a wave of discussion around substance abuse and rap following Lil Peep’s death. Famously anti-drug rapper Russ called out people who glorify drug abuse in their online personas.
“Abusing xanax and other pills drugs etc in private cuz your depressed/other mental issues is one thing(still not good),” Russ wrote. “Constantly recording yourself doing drugs and putting up pics and videos of doing it is when you start CHOOSING to publicly glorify it and make it an image.”
Lil Peep’s brother Oskar Ahr spoke with People and dispelled any rumors that his brother might have intentionally overdosed. Oskar told the magazine that Peep was given a drug that was laced with something unexpected.
“We [the family] have heard there was some sort of substance he did not expect to be involved in the substance he was taking,” he said. “He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realize what it was.”
“It was an accident, it really was an accident,” Oskar added. “He was super happy with where he was in life.”
In spite of Peep’s musical output, which deals heavily with depression and drug abuse, Oskar maintained that his brother was in a good place before his death. He added that the sadness that Peep sent out into the world was a part of his persona as a rap artist and not necessarily a true look at how he felt.
“It makes me laugh to think about the days we watched WWE together but [Peep] mentioned how being a hip-hop artist is like being a pro-wrestling character. You have to be an actor,” he said. “He gets paid to be sad. It’s what he made his name on. It’s what his image was in a sense.”
Oskar added that part of Peep’s happiness was hearing from fans who were helped with their own mental health struggles by his music.
“He was so proud when he heard that there were people in the world who wanted to kill themselves, and then they didn’t because they listened to his music. He was helping people, he was not somebody who needed help,” he said. “He was not as sad as people think he was. It’s frustrating as someone who remembers a happy brother.”
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