4 Gold Chains (feat. Clams Casino) – Lil Peep

Emerging from the dark corners of the Internet’s underground rap scene, Long Island musician Lil Peep attracted a sizable audience with his blend of hip-hop and rock influences. Born Gustav Ahr in the hamlet of Ronkonkoma, New York, he became a streaming sensation with his mixture of trap and elements of early-2000s punk and dream pop. With his gloomy and expressive lyrics — along with a personal love of the two genres — he attracted the “emo rap” label. However, while his influences ranged from Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance to Gucci Mane, his sound more closely resembled that of Machine Gun Kelly and Yelawolf at their most introspective. Peep issued his debut mixtape, Lil Peep, Pt. 1, in 2015, quickly following by the Feelz EP and another mixtape, Live Forever. His breakthrough mixtapes, Crybaby and Hellboy, were released in 2016. The following year, he collaborated with Lil Tracy on a pair of Castles EPs. Tracy would return the favor on Peep’s official debut LP, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1, which featured the singles “The Brightside” and “Awful Things.” Months after the album’s release, Peep passed away on November 15, 2017. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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