[I]n 2005 feeling sad, anxious and talking to strangers on the internet meant you were probably an emo, but now it’s just straight-up how we live.
In this new (and mostly online) space of hyper-stylised feelings some post-emo waves began to ripple. Riding these waves and collecting an enormous, ardent fanbase along the way is Lil Peep. Resembling mallgoth Justin Bieber and singing lyrics that explicitly refer to suicide, he and his crew, Goth Boi Clique, are the aestheticised leaders of the emo revival. His last mixtape Hellboy is tempered with romantic dejection and sung over woozy cloud-rap beats from his frequent collaborators Lil Tracy, Horsehead, Smokeasac and Nedarb.
Peep spends a lot of time in his apartment and doesn’t really like going outside, he stays up late and gets out of bed at 2:30pm. If we consider the idea of him staying in, posting tracks and selfies online we can easily imagine that we are all Lil Peep right now. With his videos surpassing one million views, his music resonates with fans of hip hop and pop punk alike.
We hooked up with photographer Angel (@AlmostDecent) to hang out with him in Echo Park, Los Angeles. He tells us about hating haters, #GothBoiClique and how he really just wants to look like an anime character most of the time.