When the news of 21-year-old rapper Lil Peep’s death reached the public back in November 2017, dozens of artists who had worked with and admired the up-and-coming rap-emo-fusion artist expressed their dismay at the demise of such a young talent. “I’m never gonna be ok,” wrote friend and collaborator iLoveMakonnen. “I’ll always love u, we became best friends and made some of the best music I have ever been apart of.”
Now, Makonnen is paying tribute once again to his late friend the best way he knows how — with a posthumous collaboration. “I’ve Been Waiting,” the new track featuring Peep and Makonnen, also features one of the late rapper’s greatest influences on his music: pop-punk legends Fall Out Boy.
The dance-ready track follows the lovesick artists as they rap and sing about an addictive love affair that they just can’t get enough of. “Break my heart but don’t tell me I’m not doin’ fine/ ‘Cause I’ll do it fine/ Let me go, I’m spendin’ time/ Not doin’ fine but I’ll do it fine,” Peep sings on the song.
In an interview with XXL magazine in May 2017, Peep cited both Makonnen and Fall Out Boy as two of his favorite artists. “One of my favorite hip-hop artists is Makonnen,” he said. “One of my favorite bands is Fall Out Boy. You put those two together and that’s Lil Peep.”
In a statement released with the new track, Makonnen said he wanted to make a song that his late friend would have been extremely proud to be a part of. “All the songs that Peep and I have worked on are special to me,” the 29-year-old rapper said. “I knew adding his heroes Fall Out Boy to ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ would be a tribute to my friend and collaborator that I could feel proud of.”
This song marks Makonnen’s second released collaboration with Lil Peep. On the late rapper’s posthumous album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, the two collaborated on the album’s final track, “Sunlight on Your Skin,” an early version of the young rapper’s later hit song “Falling Down.”
Check out Lil Peep, iLoveMakonnen and Fall Out Boy’s “I’ve Been Waiting” below: