Lil Peep, iLoveMakonnen, Fall Out Boy – I’ve Been Waiting
One of the difficult things about digesting music in the way I do (largely following certain artists and playlists on Spotify) is that it’s perfectly possible to miss artists who you really should know more about. Lil Peep very much falls into that category.
Descriptions of his work fall between hip hop, rock and emo, three genres that I like a lot. Very sadly he passed away following an overdose in 2017. Before his passing, he’d stated that:
One of my favourite hip-hop artists is Makonnen. One of my favourite bands is Fall Out Boy. You put those two together and that’s Lil Peep [laughs].
In a posthumous release, we get to hear exactly what he meant. This is the first single from the forthcoming album Diamonds, a collaborative project between Lil Peep and ILoveMakonnen. In the case of I’ve Been Waiting, it was recorded in the summer of 2017 before iLoveMakonnen invited Fall Out Boy to add their efforts to the track.
Whilst the collaboration would indicate a bit of a genre mashup – and I’ve always enjoyed music that falls between or extends beyond genres – I’d say this track falls outside of emo, hip hop and rock and firmly into the pop category.
It’s a summer song through and through, with breezy instrumentation and laid back vocals. I particularly like Patrick Stump’s vocals and the pre-chorus refrain from Lil Peep, which is just drawled vocals at their finest. In the back of my mind, I’ve Been Waiting reminds me a little of Future Islands.