On Juice WRLD’s Short Life And Long Legacy

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Juice-WRLDA year ago, Juice WRLD asked a rhetorical question: “What’s the 27 Club?” And then: “We ain’t making it past 21.” The we there is crucial. Juice WRLD asked that question, and gave his own heavy-hearted answer, on the song “Legends.” He released it in June of 2018, the day after the murder of XXXTentacion. More »

The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

Stream Lil Peep’s New Posthumous EP Goth Angel Sinner

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Lil-Peep-Goth-Angel-SinnerIt’s been almost two years since the 21-year-old emo-trap hybrid artist Lil Peep died of an accidental overdose. Since his passing, Peep’s handlers have released the posthumous album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2 and the documentary Everybody’s Everything. A month before he died, Peep announced the forthcoming … More »

Stream Game Of Thrones-Inspired Album For The Throne Feat. Travis Scott, The National, Rosalía, & More

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Cultural phenomenon Game Of Thrones’ eighth and final season is in process. It’s a big deal! Columbia Records recognizes this and has compiled an album of original songs, entitled For The Throne, inspired by the HBO series. The list of contributors is stacked: A$AP Rocky, the National, Rosalía, Lil Peep, Joey Bada$$, Muse’s Matthew Bellamy, … More »

Ellie Goulding, Lil Peep, SZA, The Weeknd, and more to be featured on new ‘Game of Thrones’-inspired album

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Ellie Goulding, Lil Peep, SZA, The Weeknd, and more to be featured on new ‘Game of Thrones’-inspired albumFor The Throne Album E1554838853499

As anticipation for the April 14 premiere of the eighth season of Game of Thrones continues to swell, HBO and Columbia Records have announced a whole new angle to the excitement: the forthcoming release of a GoT-inspired album.

For The Throne (Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones) will make its debut less than two weeks after the season’s premiere, featuring brand-new tracks from some of the music industry’s biggest names, including A$AP Rocky, Chloe x Halle, Ellie Goulding, Jacob Banks, James Arthur, Joey Bada$$, Lennon Stella, Lil Peep, The Lumineers, Maren Morris, Muse’s Matthew Bellamy, Mumford & Sons, The National, Rosalia and A.Chal, SZA, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and X Ambassadors.

While a track list has yet to be released, the album’s iTunes page shows that the compilation will feature 14 songs. The physical album will feature 11 different vinyl versions: nine cover variants representing each house crest, one color variant with fire- and ice-colored vinyl, and one standard.

For the Throne is expected to drop April 26. Fans can pre-order their copy here.

The Lil Peep Documentary Is As Messy And Alluring As Lil Peep

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Lil PeepWhen I think about Lil Peep, it’s hard not to think about Kurt Cobain. Objectively, there are many similarities. Both were strikingly handsome young musical prodigies. Both were devastated by their parents’ divorces. Both funneled their trauma and talent into revolutionary, contagiously influential new musical forms. Both coped with depression by abusing hard drugs. Both … More »

Sigrid’s Debut Album Will Knock You Out

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SigridSometimes an album title is exactly right. More »

Predicting The 2019 Grammy Winners

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Post MaloneIt’s that time of year again: the time when we as a culture must reckon with the insane/mundane prestige-populist fever dream that is Grammy logic. More »

Approaching Lil Peep On The Other Side Of Tragedy

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Lil Peep - Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2On the evening of April 9, 2017, I stopped at a brewery on my way to a Radiohead concert. I was alone, so I played the millennial part and burrowed into my Twitter feed to avoid social interaction while having a few beers. That same night, Lil Peep was making his live debut in Chicago, … More »

Terrence Malick is producing a Lil Peep documentary, thus confirming our total immersion in an alternate timeline

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A recent New York Times feature about the posthumous work of Lil Peep has mentioned that Terrence Malick, an apparent friend of the late musician’s family, will be executive producing a documentary on his life. This, of course, is the final confirmation that our timelines are out of whack and truly anything can happen.

There will also be, reportedly, an accompanying soundtrack to the film. Malick has (in case you didn’t know) previously directed and written such films as Days of Heaven, The Tree of Life, and Knight of Cups. Given Malick’s apparent familial relationship and drama-drama-more-drama filmmaking approach, the film (I might assume) should give a new weight to the tragedy surrounding the rising artist’s death, even if a time traveler from the past might see this story and say: “no, no, I must have made some sort of mistake!” before stepping back into his aluminum pod.

The Times story focuses mainly on the upcoming Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2, Peep’s first posthumous work being handled by his friends Makonnen and Smokeasac as well as Peep’s mother, Liza Womack.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this, and all I can imagine is lots of shots of the beach at sunset, for some reason, with tattooed footprints in the sand…

Below you can watch the newly-released video for “Runaway,” directed by Peep’s mom (not Terrence Malick) and opening with her dedication. :’-( The song is set to appear on Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2.

This universe may have fallen out of space-time, but one thing remains true: “The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.” RIP PEEP.