“They'll kill your little brother and they'll tell you he's a criminal
They'll fucking kill you too, so you better not get physical
Welcome to America, the type of shit is typical
Wake up in the morning, now you're doing the impossible
Find out what's important, now you're feeling philosophical”
Music That Means Something
On “Life is Beautiful” Lil Peep explores the grim reality of police brutality and mental illness. Two very controversial topics in America. Peep’s angry and defeated vocal tone perfectly symbolizes his feelings as he sings, “they’ll kill your little brother, and they’ll tell you he’s a criminal, “they’ll fucking kill you too, so you better not get physical,” to amplify the hopeless feeling communities have when dealing with police brutality. Peep end's his first verse with, “welcome to America, the type of shit is typical.” A bleak look at the current American landscape. The conclusion behind his lyrics being: police brutality has become normalized.
Along with police brutality, Peep speaks on depression and mental illness. His lyric, “wake up in the morning, now you’re doing the impossible,” alludes to the intense difficulty someone who suffers from depression feels at even the concept of waking up. The following lyric, “find out what’s important, now you’re feeling philosophical’ furthers the sequence Peep is describing. Peep has gotten out of bed, but the pain in his head had stopped him proceeding with his day. He highlights that while depression is a mental illness, it has physical effects. Peep is trapped in his own head while he physically struggles to begin his day. This sequence speaks to the those skeptical of mental illness.
Those who reject the validity of mental illness point to there being no difference between depression and laziness. This false equivalency negatively affects sufferers of mental illness. It is much easier to tell someone that you’ve broken a leg when you walk with crutches. It’s much harder, though arguably more important, to convince someone you’re medically diagnosed with depression when the pain is internal. Peep’s lyrics draw a parallel between the physical and mental effects depression can have in the hopes of helping others understand the signs of and thus feel more empathy toward, the effects of depression.
Does Life Is Beautiful accurately depict police brutality? Police brutality does not affect everyone. Citizen's find out about police brutality through the news. Would you say Peep’s lyrics describe the issue appropriately and help you understand its severity?
Given the multitude of negative stereotypes surrounding mental illness, does Peep make you comfortable to discuss mental health even if you do not have it? Are you willing to hear others share their struggles?
If you do have a mental illness without a medical diagnosis, does this song make you seek treatment?
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