Marshmello unveils Lil Peep posthumous collaboration ‘Spotlight’
Marshmello‘s released his collaboration with late rapper Lil Peep. It’s the first posthumous release from the widely-beloved rapper since he died from an apparent drug overdose of fentanyl and Xanax last November in Tuscon, Arizona.
According to the producer, Marshmello and Lil Peep had reportedly been working on the collaboration weeks before Lil Peep had died. Marshmello had initially been unsure about the release of “Spotlight,” but shared earlier this week on Twitter that the track’s release had come at the request of Lil Peep’s mother, Liza Womack.
“Peep brought an excitement to music that was unparalleled to anybody I’ve ever met. We started an idea together, that unfortunately we were never able to officially finish together. When I listen to this track now I get chills wishing he could hear it,” Marshmello’s said.
“This record is dedicated to Peep’s mother, family, friends and his fans. Gus will live forever through his music and that is something we should all be extremely thankful for.”
Along with the track, Peep’s mother has shared one of his high school essays from 2013 about cultural resistance.
“In my life I find [cultural resistance] very important and vital to me growing as a person, because my art will always grow with me,” he wrote. “If someone were to limit the growth of my art and ideas, I wouldn’t be able to express who I am the way I want to.”
It remains unclear as to whether “Spotlight” will see out a place on Lil Peep’s forthcoming posthumous album, but nevertheless it’s an altruistic capture of an artist’s ethos whose presence physically left this Earth far too soon.