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.
After being teased on Tuesday, September 18, a posthumous collaboration between Lil Peep and XXXTentacion titled “Falling Down” released today, September 19. Lil Peep and XXXTentacion – “Falling Down” ILoveMakonnen cowrote “Falling Down,” and after receiving approval from both of the late artists mothers, decided to release it. ILoveMakonnen took to Instagram to share a
Before his death last November, the massively influential Lil Peep recorded a song with fellow sing-rapper iLoveMakonnen, who himself had proven to be a transformative figure in hip-hop after his breakout hit “Tuesday.” Sometime afterward, before being shot dead this past June, the controversial and wildly popular … More »
Two days ago, the 1975 sent out a press kit (the snail mail way!) that most notably contained the lyrics to their new song “Love It If We Made It.” It’s the second track off the band’s forthcoming release A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships — the first of two new albums the 1975 … More »
Fifteen years ago, in her Punk Planet column, Jessica Hopper wrote a piece called “Emo: Where The Girls Aren’t.” The piece went about as viral as a zine column could in 2003, and it’s probably still one of the most widely discussed pieces of music criticism that this century has given us. Its … More »
Last year, the Long Island-born emo-rap innovator Lil Peep died of an accidental overdose at the age of 21. Since then, a few of Peep’s collaborations, including tracks with Marshmello and with the team of Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa, have come out. And now, another posthumous Lil Peep track has seen the light … More »
A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy indicates that the artist died from an accidental fentanyl overdose.
The chairman of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Lewis Nelson cited the level of fentanyl in Prince’s body as being abnormally concentrated. “The amount in his blood is exceedingly high, even for someone who is a chronic pain patient on fentanyl patches,” Nelson said.
A potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, leading to an increased risk of overdose for users of drugs cut with the opioid. Fentanyl additionally augments the addictive quality of addictive substances, further increasing the chance for drug addiction and related overdoses. Fentanyl has appeared as a substance used to cut drugs on the black market, despite its toxicity — an amount of fentanyl the size of a mere grain of salt can materialize as a lethal dose. Fentanyl overdose victims are generally unaware that the drugs that they take are laced with fentanyl at the time of consumption. Fentanyl was similarly involved in the death of rapper Lil Peep in November.
Medical experts who are not associated with Prince’s autopsy have said that there is “no doubt” that fentanyl was the reason for Prince’s death, given the numbers. The toxicology report found the concentration of fentanyl in Prince’s blood to be 67.8 micrograms per liter, an unprecedented number — as the report observes, fatalities have previously been documented in those with blood levels ranging from three to 58 micrograms per liter. The report additionally determined the fentanyl concentration in Prince’s liver to be 450 micrograms per kilogram. Liver concentrations greater than 69 micrograms per kilogram “seem to represent overdose or fatal toxicity cases,” despite there being no isolated “lethal level” at which fentanyl can kill those who ingest the drug. The autopsy also discovered a “potentially lethal amount” of fentanyl in Prince’s stomach.
Dr. Charles McKay, president of the American College of Medical Toxicology said that the autopsy’s results suggest that Prince took the drug orally. The presence of fentanyl in both the blood and the liver signify that the drug had enough time to circulate Prince’s system prior to his death. Prince was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park residence on April 21, 2016
Search warrants released about a year after Prince’s death revealed that police encountered various pills in containers placed in numerous places in Prince’s home. Many of the pills found by authorities tested positive for the presence of fentanyl and other drugs. Publicly released information notes that the source of the drugs has yet to be determined. The lead prosecutor of the county where Prince died gave a statement last week, in which he said he was reviewing the law enforcement reports from the event, and would make a decision regarding whether he would charge anyone “in the near future.”
Since adopting the Mount Eerie moniker almost 15 years ago, Phil Elverum’s mostly remained in the same place. In the early 2000s, he returned to his island hometown of Anacortes, Washington after spending five years in Olympia making music as the Microphones, and borrowed the name of the island’s tallest peak. Outside of tours and … More »
It has been over a month now since up and coming emo rapper Lil Peep passed away from an overdose. Immediately following the artist’s passing, his mother announced that his music would be released on various platforms. This was a small consolation for grieving fans. Marshmello was on the first artists to announce that his