Prior to his untimely death, up-and-coming emo rapper Lil Peep captured a certain fascination from fans with his unique sound and ease with which he discussed things like sexuality and authenticity. For its forthcoming “Break the Internet” issue, PAPER Magazine had prepared an in-depth feature with the elusive young artist, in which he dove into further detail about his inspirations, and thoughts on maintaining his own idea of authenticity throughout his career.
When asked who he considers a “living legend,” Peep responds, “I like meeting people on a genuine level. Like, ‘Ok, if this person wants to meet me and I want to meet them, let’s do it.’ I don’t like forcing things.” The interviewer dug a bit deeper, asking who the specific person would be that Peep refers to. His answer? Anthony Kiedis, front-man of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Peep famously revealed his sexual preferences through a series of two casual tweets back in August, which read “yes I’m bi sexual,” and “who wants a kiss.” He explains his experience with opening up about his sexuality further in the interview, getting past the stereotypical hyper-masculinity of famous men in the music industry.
“Like I said, all the people I’m surrounded by would never be affected by me letting them know that. I’m surrounded by good people, and I surround myself with good people,” Peep explained. “At the end of the day, it really didn’t change much in my personal life at all. If anything, all my friends aren’t going to care about that. I would say it’s a good thing, too, to be proud of that.” When asked if he was intimidated about opening up after seeing others receive backlash for similar statements, Peep replied, “It can be intimidating, but you need to just be brave and confident.”
He also revealed some of the things he hoped to accomplish further along in his music career, explaining, “I want to go deep into fashion, I want to go maybe into acting, there’s a lot of stuff I would like to go into. I just want to try more shit and become more well-rounded when it comes to whatever I’m doing. I want to do a lot of different things and dive into different worlds. I feel like I’m a creative and I want to take advantage of that. Sometimes I’ll be watching a movie then think to myself that I could do a better job.” His current success, Peep explained, is something his mother — a first grade teacher — is very proud of.
Read the full interview here.
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