NEW MUSIC: Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION "Falling Down"

What do two dead rappers have to do with alternative music? More than you might expect if you don't pay a lot of attention to today's hip hop.

The emerging generation of young artists that consumed a diet of both pop-punk and emo on the one hand and Kanye West on the other now make their own music. Soundcloud is lousy with what has been termed "emo rap" which can sound a variety ways. Rappers sing or rhyme about their feelings in ways we don't normally associate with hip hop over music that could be either trap minimalism or something more musical and production that often lands closer to DIY indie rock bands than typical polished radio rap.

Alternative and rock music borrow from hip hop often. From Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers in the 80s/90s to Imagine Dragons and twenty one pilots today. But emerging rappers only recently returned the favor en masse.

An accidental fentanyl-xanax overdose took Lil Peep on November 15, 2017. A group of robbers shot and killed XXXTentacion this past June. Shortly before Peep's death he recorded "Sunlight On Your Skin" with rapper/producer iLoveMakonnen. XXX and Peep never met, but XXX was inspired to contribute after learning from Fat Nick that Lil Peep liked what he was doing and wanted to hang out. Makonnen interpolated "Sunlight On Your Skin" on piano with crisper, brighter production and more organic-sounding drums. XXX added background vocals and Makonnen included XXX's recollection of that conversation with Fat Nick.

Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION - Falling Down

"Falling Down" out now ///// Come let's watch the rain as it's falling down Sunlight on your skin when I'm not around Shit don't feel the same when you're out of town Come let's watch the rain as it's falling down Come

How do you feel about "Falling Down"? Are you open to the alt/indie and hip hop worlds colliding like this? Is this the most Alt 92-9 has ever talked about hip hop? Let us know in the comments.