Lil Peep may be gone but his memory will forever live on. Peep deserves a lot credit for popularizing an emo subgenre in hip-hop that is hitting its stride today with artists like Juice WRLD and JPEGMAFIA blowing up. When he passed away, he had many projects in the works, including a clothing line called NO SMOK!NG, which would allow fans to participate in the designing process, getting their work seen and earning a chance at making some money for their Peep-inspired creations. The late recording artist’s estate has decided to go through with this idea, honoring Peep’s legacy by launching NO SMOK!NG and opening up submissions yesterday.
If you’re an aspiring designer or just a hardcore Lil Peep fan, this is your chance to honor the late icon through a piece merchandise that will be sold on his ficial webshop. Submissions are currently open for fans to submit their work until August 8 when the first round closes. The rules are simple. All designs must be inspired by Lil Peep in some shape or form. Winners this round will see their designs uploaded onto Peep’s website and sold with a portion the prits going to the designer.
If you’re interested in participating, visit this website for more information.
In the last twelve months, we’ve lost many promising talents in the hip-hop community. Two the most impactful artists in the last decade, Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, both passed away tragically in the last year and although they left under differing circumstances, their legacies are kept alive in similar fashion from their fans. In the months since Peep’s untimely death, we’ve heard a few posthumous releases with “4 Gold Chains” being premiered at Rolling Loud Miami and a Marshmello collab on “Spotlight.” Now, fans will get a chance to design their own Lil Peep merchandise to be sold on his ficial website through the late artist’s clothing line idea, NO SMOK!NG.
Uploaded to Lil Peep’s Instagram page by his estate, an announcement was made for his shop to include fan submissions, a unique and interactive element in the merchandise experience. The post reads, “One Lil Peep’s] plans was to launch a clothing line called NO SMOK!NG. Another plan was to invite fans to create merchandise through his ficial site. Both ideas were set to launch early 2018. Sadly, Gus passed before either could launch. We decided to give NO SMOK!NG to those who matter most in keeping Lil Peep’s memory alive — the fans.”
Submissions will be open for one week between August 1 and August 8. Each designer will be entitled to a portion the merchandise sales and each product must be Lil Peep related or inspired. Check out the details here and let us know if you’ll be participating.
One the most tragic moments 2017 was the untimely passing Lil Peep. The young artist passed away at the age 21, following a public struggle with Xanax and other substances, which he ten sang about. A previously unpublished interview with Peep has been released by German publication Znova, showing where the rapper’s head was at just months before his death. Peep spoke on everything from drugs, to his depression, to his plans for the upcoming year.
When discussing what he had planned for the end 2017 and the following year, Peep said, “Just getting my name out there. In a couple years, I’ll be a household name. Everyone’s going to know who I am. I’ve done so much in such a short amount time already that I don’t think it’s that unreasonable a goal.” Peep’s music was desperate and exuberant at once, giving a clear eye into the mind a young artist who was suffering in his mental jail. On depression, Peep attributed moving to Los Angeles as getting away from a place that was bleak for him.
While the circumstances are incredibly heartbreaking, Lil Peep has become a household name in the hip-hop world and his absence from music has truly been felt. Read the full interview here, which was conducted with Peep Facebook Messenger.