The Lil Peep-XXXTentcion collab "Falling Down" came together after Peep ODed and was released after XXXTentacion was shot to death.
"Falling Down" was originally recorded as "Sunlight on Your Skin" as part of an iLoveMakonnen and Peep collaboration project. XXX then rapped over Makonnen's part to pay tribute to Peep.
The New York Times reports there were some in Peep's camp who objected to "Falling Down" because of how Peep felt about X.
"When “Falling Down” was announced, in August, it quickly became a flash point and a distraction, and a source of dissent within the group of people responsible for shepherding Peep’s estate. For some, the discovery of the recording was kismet, a way to connect the music and power of two rising stars who died way before their time. For others it was a craven collision of agendas. Several of Peep’s old GothBoiClique collaborators spoke out on social media about Peep’s wariness of XXXTentacion because of the severe [domestic abuse] allegations against him. Putting them on a song together after their death washed away the very real differences between them in life."
Peep's mom was among those who objected. However, XXX's mom was able to convince her to authorize the release.
Eventually, she relented, after speaking with XXXTentacion’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard. (Peep’s mom also sent Bernard a copy of a book, “When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents’ Broken Hearts.”)
Reframed as the shared wish of two grieving mothers, “Falling Down” has more than 136 million plays on Spotify and over 71 million YouTube views. The original iLoveMakonnen version was released shortly after, ensuring the song can be heard as it was first intended.
We wonder how Peep's mom and the rest feel after that secret recording on which XXX admits to "fucking up" his ex-girlfriend.