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“Benz Truck (гелик)”
Self-proclaimed “punk star” Lil Peep is a provocateur, a button-pusher, a scamp, and he seemingly can’t flex a toe without creating something novel, or pissing off wide swaths of the internet. Take his latest track, “Benz Truck (гелик),” from his forthcoming debut album, perfectly titled Come Over When You’re Sober. It is a song named after an expensive car, with lyrics about drugs and fucking and haters. But it’s also sad, nearly pathetic. And there are his signature emo guitars tangled up with trap hi-hats.
The video takes things further, doubling down on the Russian in the song’s title with images of Peep and his crew tooling around the Kremlin during a recent tour stop, along with Russian subtitles for every lyric. He’s not trying to tip off the FBI with all this imagery as much as he’s playing to his base. That’s right: Lil Peep is now enough of a phenomenon in the land of Putin that there is a YouTube account dedicated to making videos that translate his songs and splice them with scenes from relevant films. So “Lil Kennedy” goes over Natalie Portman’s Jackie, and “Giving Girls Cocaine” is paired with Uma Thurman snorting coke in Pulp Fiction. This affinity makes some strange sense: Russia is now infamous for its trolling talents, and, well, trolls recognize trolls.
The “Benz Truck (гелик)” video is a piece of goth-pop art. There’s Peep, wearing a neon fur coat time-warped in from Lil Kim’s “Crush on You” while leaning against an unmarked gravestone; or sporting a Benz cap on top of a ushanka while popping out of a Benz truck sunroof; or looking like a tattooed insect with magenta-and-black pigtails popping out of his head like antennae. And, unlike Peep’s best, the song needs the video. Because while “Benz Truck (гелик)” is unique compared to pretty much anything else out there, it sounds commonplace within this prodigious artist’s ever-expanding catalog. It almost reads like Lil Peep Mad Libs, and his delivery is unusually subdued; instead of stacking his voice like an emo-rap messiah, he sounds kinda tired. “Pretty soon you’re gonna hate me,” he predicts, but “Benz Truck (гелик)” isn’t especially hateable. Or lovable.