It’s amazing to think that Lil Peep was only 21 when he passed away. Even in the music industry, this is an astonishingly young age to meet your untimely death.
In “Everyone’s Everything”, out now on Netflix, a documentary provides a full-on biography of the young artist. It documents his unhappy childhood in a divorced home, all the way to his overdose, right before the release of his first major-label album.
Parts of the film are voice-overs of letters from Peep’s grandfather that he wrote to him throughout his life. It’s a great way of building empathy from the audience as it showcases that although he was very talented and charismatic, on another level he was a troubled young man like so many.
The film also features many talking heads of those close to him, such as collaborators, managers, girlfriends and his mother. It’s the closest way the film could interview Peep himself.
He was a talented songwriter blending hip-hop and emo rock music in a way that hadn’t been successfully done before him. Although the film does focus on this, it’s more about his humanity and how fragile it was.
It doesn’t attempt to put blame on anyone for his death or give credence to conspiracy theories, it instead tries to tell you what his life was like at the time. Everything was happening too much and too quickly, with too many people around him.
There are warning signs there, but never anything surprising. We live in a world where plenty of “ordinary” people do the same type of drugs to the same extent, every time risking that the next line is laced.
Growing up in a left-wing house and having plans to “take capitalism away from the music industry”, the guilt of being successful and having more than others around him weighed a ton on his already anxious mindset.
He felt he needed more than a sober life to ease this pain. So he self-medicated.
The people who take drugs themselves are not the problem, people have been getting high for centuries, without malicious intent. However, due to the war on drugs and the lack of a safe supply of the chemicals in them, vulnerable people die, just like Peep did.
They will continue to do so until society changed and truly recognises what drugs are and how we talk about them and safely regulate them.
Overall though, the film intends to showcase Peep as someone who cared too much for everyone and could not say no to anyone around him. He tried too hard to be everyone’s everything.
This is what the title of the film and the documentary tries to portray.
The final heart-breaking interview is with his aforementioned grandfather who talks about the pain he felt when he heard his grandson had died. Especially in these times the film also serves as a reminder to appreciate those that you have while you still can, as they may not be around tomorrow.
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