In November of last year, hip-hop suffered a devastating loss in the untimely passing of Lil Peep to a drug overdose. Seven months later, hip-hop found itself in mourning all over again, with a similarly influential young, troubled artist taken before his prime when XXXTentacion was shot in South Florida, where he hails from. While the two late artists never knew each other, they both had one thing in common: music with ILoveMakonnen. Now, Peep and XXX have been posthumously linked on a new collaboration called “Falling Down.”
One month ago, Makonnen shared a snippet of the collaborative project on social media with the caption, “I am honoured to have co-written this song that X was inspired to be a part of, shortly before he died. Peep and I always believed that music heals and brings people together in a way nothing else can. When I heard X’s recording, talking about my dear friend Peep I could not wait any longer to share this.”
Makonnen reveals he co-wrote a song with Lil Peep prior to his death, which he later showed to XXX. The slain rapper is even on record before he died as remarking on Lil Peep’s work saying, “If I would have known he was so cool, I would’ve fucked with him sooner. It’s unfortunate because when people die, that’s when you… because the remorse kind of makes you check them out. It was like if would’ve watched interviews sooner, we were so alike. And it kind of bothers me.” Despite never meeting in life nor being alive today to share their work together, XXXTentacion and Lil Peep still managed to find one another for “Falling Down,” making for a bittersweet, reflective moment in hip-hop after an otherwise troubling year.
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I am honoured to have co written this song that X was inspired to be a part of,shortly before he died. Peep and I always believed that music heals and brings people together in a way nothing else can. When I heard X’s recording ,talking about my dear friend Peep I could not wait any longer to share this. @lilpeep @xxxtentacion coming ASAP!!!!
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