A little less than two months after rapper Lil Peep
died from a drug overdose EDM producer Marshmello
released the track "Spotlight", a previously unfinished collaboration between the two. Today, Marshmello has released a music video for the track in honor of Peep, complete with numerous pieces of imagery paying respect to the late rapper.
The video was directed by Nick Koenig, who also directed Peep's video for "Awful Things". In a press release, Koenig said of the production, "Relationships have a way of overwhelming the meaning and context of physical items to the point of hijacking them. What once was just a household item might now be something that reminds us of that relationship to a point where it overpowers what that item was traditionally meant for. These objects end up developing a shared significance between those in the relationship." He added, "Like Peep's passing, no one got to say goodbye properly but the objects he left us (his body of work both musical and social) remain ours to share in our relationship with him."
The video for "Spotlight" plays with a lot of the thematic aesthetics present in "Awful Things" and the rest of Lil Peep's aesthetic, taking place in a diner drenched with neon lights and pastels and filled with moody and homely looking people. The central narrative revolves around a pair of ex-lovers, though the plot loses itself a bit over the course of the video. Suffice it to say though there's a lot of romantic and sexual tension, overt suggestions of revenge and the pains of heartbreak and of course, an "alternative" girl just not fitting in. It lacks subtlety, though that was never really Peep's style to begin with, but there are a few nice touches and homages to him, including uses of his iconic tattoos in the video's imagery.
In his own statement released with the video, Marshmello said, "For this video I just wanted what Gus would have wanted. And I think this is exactly it."