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Life in a Shanty Town

November 17 · Issue #30 · View online
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When I heard that we lost Lil Peep, the first thing I did was hug my own children. The second thing I did was consult the Google to find out who Lil Peep is. Er, was.
Ha ha, I kid. (I don’t have any children.)
But I was saddened to see Lil Peep go out like that. What a waste of a life that held, at the very least, some value to whoever was supplying him with Xanax. You hate to lose a big account like that heading into the holidays.
According to the world’s most accurate encyclopedia, Lil Peep was both a rapper and a singer, the Kurt Cobain of Soundcloud rap and he was at the forefront of a movement to bring back emo, which hopefully stalled out with this latest development. If I need to pull up “Screaming Infidelities” by Dashboard Confessional on Google Play Music (which I do from time to time), I can do that. No need for a full-on revival.
What all of this could possibly mean, I have no idea. I didn’t get a chance to listen to Lil Peep’s music before I wrote this, not because I don’t care about young people (I love young women), but because the computer I wrote this on, in the “office” section of the warehouse, doesn’t have speakers connected to it. Otherwise, I would have been more than happy to render a definitive judgment after spending all of a minute and a half or so with his music. I bet I would have liked it!
Lil Peep was found dead on his tour bus in Arizona. His manager went to rouse him for that evening’s show, and come to find out he was dead. Bummer! 5-0, who came to investigate, said he probably died of an overdose. (They’re still gonna do an autopsy.) There were probably drugs all over the place. The day before, he posted a video of himself taxing six Xanax pills. I don’t know a whole lot about white-people drugs, but I bet that’s entirely too much for a brother with such a slight build.
Obvious question: If Lil Peep was doing that many drugs out in the open, how come he wasn’t in jail? Arizona, where he took his last anti-anxiety meds, was once famous for throwing people in jail for drugs. Ask DMX. When rappers like Lil Wayne and Ja Rule were busted for gun charges, they weren’t flaunting their illegal activity on social media (well, not their guns anyway). They were pulled over and had their vehicles searched for the crime of Going on Tour While Black.
Part of the reason so many white people are overdosing on prescription meds is because they don’t have to sweat getting arrested for drug possession. White people do more drugs than black people, but black people are arrested for drugs way more often. The only way white people can get arrested for drugs is if their children are found wandering the streets naked (which is epidemic in certain parts of the STL) or if they get caught trying to return stolen power tools to Walmart. Black people, meanwhile, are randomly stopped and searched, including, sometimes, a finger in the culo, because we supposedly “fit the description.”
For all of the talk about an opioid epidemic in rap music (I’ve skimmed multiple think pieces), I’m not aware of any black kids dying from overdosing on prescription meds. A few years ago, there was that guy A$AP Yams, the A$AP Rocky weed carrier who was regarded—by some of the same dumbasses now exalting Lil Peep—as a music visionary because he used to post compilations of Dipset songs on Tumblr, but he was Hispanic, which, with all due respect to my Hispanic brothers and sisters, is just a type of white person, not a race unto itself. He also had a weird birthmark on his face, like Mikhail Gorbachev, so he may have been part-Russian.
Even if this is just a matter of black mumble rappers not being as susceptible to opioid addiction because black children are more muscular than their white counterparts (note that I’m merely speculating here), I think it’s important to give credit where credit is due. XXXTentacion has caught so much flak for allegedly beating the brakes off of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, but you don’t see him overdosing on Xanax, now do you?
I don’t know enough about Soundcloud rap to know if this is the case, but I got the sense, scanning Lil Peep’s entry in the wiki for things I might be able to goof on (Was he really bisexual, or was that 4chan vandalizing his page?), that he was being positioned in the marketplace as the whiter, more acceptable Soundcloud rapper. Is it any wonder that Kodak Black subjects his potential sex partners to the paper-bag test? Racism is alive and well in Generation Y. Hence, presumably, comparing Lil Peep to Kurt Cobain.
As it turns out, Lil Peep did end up being the Kurt Cobain of Soundcloud rap, but for all the wrong reasons.
Take it easy on yourself,

This week in solidarity
I stand with Louis CK
Jay-Z also wrote something about Meek Mill
I wonder if he read last week’s edition of Life in a Shanty Town.
Jay-Z: The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill - The New York Times
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