News of Lil Peep’s demise shocked followers and ignited a dialog on habit and psychological well being, however his older brother Karl Åhr, who goes by Oskar, needs to set the document straight that there was extra to the rapper than his drug use and the persona he portrayed to the general public.
Peep (actual title Gustav Åhr), who was a rising star within the hip-hop and emo scene, died on Wednesday on the age of 21 forward of a scheduled present in Tucson, Arizona resulting from a probable overdose on Xanax, in response to Tucson Police. Oskar says that the capsule Peep took might have been laced and brought on his demise unintentionally.
“We [the family] have heard there was some sort of substance he did not expect to be involved in the substance he was taking,” Oskar, 23, tells PEOPLE completely. “He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realize what it was.”
As to the opportunity of it being an intentional overdose, Oskar says Peep “was not struggling” on the time and that discovering out about his demise was an entire shock.
“It was an accident, it really was an accident,” Oskar says. “He was super happy with where he was in life.”
Lil Peep was well-known for lyrics that brazenly addressed his use of medication, particularly tablets, and his battle with melancholy. While Oskar says that he and his brother went via their fair proportion of struggles rising up with their father, who he describes as a “selfish man,” a lot of the disappointment Peep portrayed in his lyrics and on his Instagram got here as part of his job.
“It makes me laugh to think about the days we watched WWE together but [Peep] mentioned how being a hip-hop artist is like being a pro-wrestling character. You have to be an actor,” Oskar says. “He gets paid to be sad. It’s what he made his name on. It’s what his image was in a sense.”
“He was so proud when he heard that there were people in the world who wanted to kill themselves, and then they didn’t because they listened to his music. He was helping people, he was not somebody who needed help,” Oskar continues. “He was not as sad as people think he was. It’s frustrating as someone who remembers a happy brother.”
According to Oskar, Peep “had a much healthier relationship with drugs earlier in life” earlier than his rap and hip-hop profession began taking off.
“[Early on] he didn’t drink alcohol, for example,” Oskar explains, including that his brother did use marijuana, although, beginning at a younger age. “I can guarantee [drugs are] not something that would’ve been a part of his life if he was not a part of that specific culture. Not only was he a part of it, he’ll be remembered for making waves in it.”
Oskar makes it clear that he and his household have nice belief in Sarah Stennett, the CEO of First Access Entertainment, which partnered with Peep within the final 12 months, however he blames the hip hop trade as an entire, partially, for placing strain on artists to painting a sure picture.
“My brother didn’t take five Xanax pills every day, but he would take them and then post on Instagram about it,” he says. “I wish it would have paid for him to be a little safer, but the world needed him to have superlative problems that he dealt with in superlative ways. Gus dealt with these problems much better than Lil Peep did, but people didn’t know Gus, and there’s a reason Gus doesn’t sell.”
He continues: “I hope there is some focus on drugs like Xanax and pills, in general, and the potential for them being laced, but I hope it isn’t too much badociated with how people remember him.”
What Oskar hopes individuals bear in mind about his brother, who he describes as decided and deeply loyal, is the candy aspect of his persona that couldn’t simply be discovered on his Instagram or within the lyrics of his music.
“Everything in his world was about our mom,” he says. “And I want to talk about how much he loved his dog. As a tough guy, he had a super tiny little dog, a silky terrier named Taz, that he loved and he actually saved. He has spent more of his life than you would think with an adorable little dog that was his partner in all of this — sitting around while he was making a lot of those songs at the beginning.”
Oskar says that he and his brother had a really shut relationship, and although they didn’t get to speak usually resulting from Peep’s hectic tour schedule, they had been each wanting ahead to spending Thanksgiving collectively subsequent week as the vacations had been a time they might compensate for life.
“It was all very odd and surreal. Yes, my brother was a rap artist. But that was his career,” Oskar says. “We would giggle about the things that were a part of his job at family dinners on holidays. He was very proud of himself and he knew we were very proud of him.”
In the longer term, Oskar hopes to place out a few of Peep’s unreleased music that he collaborated along with his pal and fellow rapper Makonnen on that he says “is a lot happier.”
“He might’ve made a funky Red Hot Chili Peppers album in the future about why he loved life,” he says. “We didn’t grow up thinking he’d be a hip hop artist and what an awesome career it turned out to be. He thought he’d be an actor of some sort since he always had this presence and this charisma. His versatility knew no boundaries.”