Rolling Loud Pays Touching Tribute to the Late Lil Peep [Video]

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By Jack Barnes

RIP LIL PEEP #LilPeep4Ever 💜💖💜

In November, Hip-Hop lost one of its brightest rising stars when Lil Peep passed away of a drug overdose. Though he had a short career, Peep had a seismic impact on the culture, with artists as diverse as Lil Uzi Vert, Pete Wentz, and Mark Ronson expressing their grief at the young artist’s passing. This weekend, amidst celebration and dozens of performances from rap’s biggest stars, Rolling Loud SoCal offered a space for fans and artists to pay their respects to the late rapper, filling his former festival slot with an emotional tribute. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.

Photo Credits (clockwise from top): Sebastian Rodriguez: 1, 2; Beth Saravo: 3-7

The tribute started with a grand gesture, as skywriters emblazoned “#LilPeep4Ever” in the clouds. The skywriting gave way to a candle-lit eulogy for the rapper, delivered by Lil Peep’s artist team, including manager Mikey Cortez. Joined on stage by artists such as wifisfuneral, Fat Nick, and others, Peep’s team tied pink balloons and passed out roses to the grieving crowd, as the festival blasted Lil Peep’s most famous songs over the PA system and the balloons painted the twilight sky. Occurring as a peaceful and solemn oasis amidst standard rap performances, the tribute to Lil Peep was the most beautiful moment of a busy weekend in hip-hop at Rolling Loud.

Says Rolling Loud Co-Founder Matt Zingler, “Lil Peep was an extremely influential individual who wasn’t afraid to break boundaries. His music was so impactful that he created a cult following and in my opinion, was the creator of a new sound wave. Music is therapeutic and Lil Peep helped so many people with his words. His imprint will never die. RIP, Lil Peep.”

The Background:
Rolling Loud Festival is one of rap’s premier music festival experiences. The festival was the brainchild of co-founders Tariq Cherif and Matthew Zingler, who began organizing shows in 2010. The two created Rolling Loud Festival in 2015 as a one-day festival for 6,000 attendees. Three years later, the festival’s Miami chapter has expanded into a three-day event, with the festival expanding worldwide in the coming year.

In 2018, the festival will travel to China, Japan, and the United Kingdom, with offshoot festivals and events (dates yet to be announced,) and will culminate in the fourth annual Rolling Loud Festival in Miami in May 2018. In December 2017, Rolling Loud hosted Rolling Loud SoCal in San Bernardino, featuring headlining performances from ScHoolboy Q and Future, plus appearances from a long and diverse list of acts, from youthful superstars like Rae SremmurdLil Uzi VertPost Malone and 21 Savage, to rising performers like Lil PumpSOB X RBE, and Kodie Shane.

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Previously: Rolling Loud Southern California Day 2 Recap: Future, Rae Sremmurd, and More [Photos]


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