The two rappers both passed away within the last 12 months
Both artists passed away within the last 12 months. Peep, real name Gustav Elijah Åhr, died on November 15, 2017 at the age of 21 from a suspected overdose. XXXTentacion – AKA 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy – was shot and killed during a robbery in Florida on June 18.
While the two didn’t work together during their lifetimes, they have been brought together posthumously by a mutual friend, iLoveMakonnen. Initially co-writing ‘Falling Down’ with Peep prior to his death, Makonnen added XXX to the track a few months later after playing him the unfinished version.
You can listen to the finished product below.
Falling Down, a song by Lil Peep, XXXTENTACION on Spotify
Taking to Instagram in August, Makonnen explained more about how he put the track together.
“I am honoured to have co-written this song that X was inspired to be a part of shortly before he died,” he wrote. “Peep and I always believed that music heals and brings people together in a way nothing else can.
“When I heard X’s recording, talking about my dear friend Peep, I could not wait any longer to share this,” he added, introducing a clip of XXX talking about Peep – which you can see below.
A number of posthumous tracks featuring Peep have emerged since his death, including a collaboration he recorded with producer Clams Casino.
XXXTentacion, meanwhile, is set to posthumously feature on Tony Lanez’s upcoming new album.