Rolling Loud Pays Touching Tribute to the Late Lil Peep

In Lieu of Replacing the Late Rapper’s Set, Rolling Loud Offered a Space Where Fans and Artists Paid Their Respects


Selected Critical Praise:

“Rolling Loud Festival Is a Hip-Hop Fan’s Version of Disney World.” – XXL

“Rolling Loud Embodies Rap in 2017.” – Complex

The Tribute:

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.

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.”

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About Rolling Loud Festival:

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 under their concert production brand Dope Entertainment 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.


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