Themes of death permeated Peep's -- real name Gustav Åhr -- short-but-meaningful career. A member of the Goth Boi Clique, Peep made music in a genre that has come to be known as emo trap, hip-hop that wears its heart on its sleeve, with droning guitars overlaying the beat. Some of Peep's samples, for instance, include Underoath, Radiohead and The Postal Service.
It's a sound that's getting increasingly mainstream attention, one example being Logic's chart-topping hit with Alessia Cara and Khalid, "1-800-273-8255 " -- a song titled using the real number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where Logic croons, "I don't wanna be alive/ I don't wanna be alive/ I just wanna die today."
But where Logic finds a hopeful conclusion, Peep's music often sinks into despair and stays there. In "Awful Things," a video that has garnered over 14 million views on Peep's YouTube channel, he reflects on a relationship gone awry, proclaiming, "Burn me down 'til I'm nothin' but memories." As with many of Peep's lines, the flow feels as though it'd fit just as well on a Taking Back Sunday track as it does over a trap beat, and it's hard to listen to without finding yourself in a place of heartbreaking emptiness. The video itself only reaffirms that feeling: