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Posthumous Music: Respect it or Leave It Alone

With the many things going on around the world, in our cities and communities and personal lives, there are several reasons to sit down, contemplate and feel a variety of emotions, whether they are good or bad; this part of our nature is unavoidable. In the light of the mourning and pain since the death of both Lil Peep and Xxxtentacion, the release of “Falling Down” is not one that should bring us tears but instead help us understand and accept new beginnings. 

Already on replay, already stuck in my head and definitely, already a part of my heart and many others, I listen to this latest posthumous track as the peaceful, sulky vibes run through my mind in circles. “Falling Down”, co-written between ILoveMakonnen and late artist Lil Peep before his sudden death last November 17th was released earlier this morning, yet, this release included the also late artist Xxxtentacion. Reportedly recorded in one of the last studio sessions that Xxxtentacion had, he decided to add some verses to honor and cherish Peep’s music. Monday marked 10 months since Lil Peep passed while yesterday marked 3 months since Xxxtentacion’s death. To many fans all around, the death of these two young stars meant more than just a tragic loss but instead, brought forth many people who mourned because of the love they felt for the music and brief careers both artists had. Both Peep and X had developed a loyal fan base with many people around the world that honored and respected their music. In only three minutes and sixteen seconds, “Falling Down” comes along to give many fans something new to sing their hearts out to.

The verses added on by X include a surly chorus that could soothe anyone into a trance of peacefulness and thought. Echoing off Lil Peep’s main chorus, Xxxtentacion sings about the rain and tears that both keep falling as words in regard to heartbreaking love and addicting guitar rhythm plays in the back. We have the chance to hear the emotion of both artists and as always, fans can find something to relatye to in one way or another. I believe the track should only allow fans and people to honor the unity music can bring. After so many unfortunate deaths and occurrences in the music industry, a track like this one lets us appreciate what music can do and mean to many people.

“His name will live, bro” – X

The interlude starts off with X hollering, “his name will live, bro”. Choosing then to go into detail about his dismay in not having listened to Lil Peep sooner as he felt that after watching interviews, ” we were so alike”. “Falling Down” serves as an example that in the digital age of music, posthumous releases could become more common.

What can this allow us? Chances to still listen to some of our favorite artists after they’re gone, more unity and understanding between listeners, and platforms to honor those artists. You do not have to be a fan of anyone you just never listened to, but if you do begin listening to someone after their passing, then respect them and their art. Posthumous tracks should be ones that allow us to appreciate the artform that music provides.

Death is inevitable and a part of nature. Maybe for some people that is hard to understand and maybe for others, it is already accepted. What hurts about having someone die are the stages of missing, letting go and denial; music always comes in to serenade us and guide us to ease at these times. “Falling Down” should remind us that people die young–Lil Peep and Xxxtentacion were only 20 and while opinions vary, regardless, their fan bases continue to celebrate and honor what their lives meant.

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