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Lil Peep’s “Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2” Listening Party: A True Labor Of Love
A very special preview of Lil Peep’s upcoming posthumous release went down in New York last night.
There are a number of people who come forward to express their gratitude for those who have worked so diligently to make the labor of love a reality. Everyone touches on Gus’ character: his honesty and loyalty, the “order and clarity” of his musical decisions, and his blossoming creativity. Producer Smokeasac, one of Gus’ closest friends and collaborators, addresses the painstaking creative process and hones in on the vital importance of the music at hand. “This album is the most important project I’ll ever work on in my lifetime, I’m sure of that,” he says. Of all the glowing praise and thoughtful contemplation regarding Gus’ legacy, one line in particular from his mom, Liza Womack, stands out: “This is the album (Gus) would have made if he were living.”
As the music begins to play, and as atmosphere begins to descend into the bittersweet reality of Gus’ absence, I can’t help but nod my head to the beat and stare at Gus’ face beneath the bright red scrawl of the album title. The music fades, bringing the event to a close that is both parts solemn and uplifting. A round of applause gives way to quiet musings as people begin to trickle out the door. As I make my way back out into the frigid autumn weather of Manhattan, I think of all that Gus has left behind: a proud mother who cares deeply about preserving the quality of her son’s legacy; a conscientious support system dedicated to ensuring that Gus’ music is safeguarded; and a fanbase that wants nothing more than to honor the work of a young talent gone far too soon. Because for Gus, “it’s all about the music.”