Before Lil Peep died in November, he and Marshmello linked up in the studio to create “Spotlight,” a happy medium between their styles as an emo rapper and big-tent EDM producer, respectively. While the masked, anonymous Marshmello says that he never planned to release the track, Peep’s mother Liza Womack requested that he finish “Spotlight” himself and let the world hear what they had to offer.
I didn’t plan on releasing the song until peeps mom reached out and told me she wanted her sons music to come out…what am I supposed to do? https://t.co/wpJQLvSZvv
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) January 7, 2018
“Peep brought an excitement to music that was unparalleled to anybody I’ve ever met,” Marshmello says in a statement. “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.”
Born Gustav Ahr, Lil Peep died an overdose of fentanyl and generic Xanax, just three months after he released his debut album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1. Since then, Womack has tasked herself with seeing that the rest of her son’s work gets released, like the “Save This Shit” video from three weeks ago.
“This record is dedicated to Peep’s mother, family, friends and his fans,” Marshmello says. “Gus will live forever through his music and that is something we should all be extremely thankful for.” Listen to “Spotlight” up top.