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Two weeks after Tampa concert, rapper Lil Peep dies at 21

Lil Peep, a driving force in the young, ascendant, genre-blurring world dubbed "SoundCloud rap" or "emo rap," has died at 21, less than two weeks after performing at the Orpheum in Ybor City.

TMZ reported the Long Beach, N.Y. rapper born Gustav Ahr died from a suspected drug overdose on his tour bus in Tuscon, Ariz. The news was confirmed by his management in a statement.

Along with rappers like XXXTentacion, Lil Pump and nothing,nowhere., many of whom found fame on SoundCloud, Peep blended darker themes involving drugs, anxiety and emotional turbulence into his punk- and emo-styled music and persona. His debut album Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1 was released in August; he was recently the subject of several large profiles in the New York Times, the Ringer and other outlets.

His show at the Orpheum on Nov. 4 sold out, packing in fans eager to dig into his heartfelt lyrics. The day of the show, he Instagrammed a video of himself getting a tattoo while wearing a bedazzled "FLORIDA" hat:

Among the celebrities sharing their condolences was Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, who tweeted: "There's something about this that hurts a little bit more… We have to talk about mental health in (an) open way. Have to help each other we all have struggles, none of this is easy."

In a recent interview, Wentz talked about the influence of emo bands like Fall Out Boy on Lil Peep and his peers.

"In some ways it makes sense, because we were so influenced by hip-hop," he said. "But beyond that, time just does a funny thing, where the longer time goes by, the more things become unmoored from what they were. No one ever thinks of the Beatles as a boy band, but they were. They weren't a put–together boy band, but they were a boy band. There's a trick where if you wait it out and are around long enough — and especially if you outlive your genre — you kind of become a different thing."

Other tributes are rolling in:

— Jay Cridlin

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