Juice Wrld’s music has been played on Spotify over a billion times. His quick rise to fame had the attention of all youngsters and his untimely demise toward the end of 2019 had his fans all forlorn and choked.
Juice Wrld Early life
Juice Wrld, his full name Jarrad Anthony Higgins was born on 2nd December 1998, in Chicago, Illinois. He went to Homewood- Flossmoor High School. When he was three years old his parents had divorced. He and his older brother were left with his mother. His mother raised them as a single parent. She was quite a religious woman and a conservative. So Higgins was not allowed to listen to hip-hop. He did although listen to rock and pop music he had in his video games. He got to know about artists such as Billy Idol, Black Sabbath, Fall Out Boy, Megadeth, and Panic! at the Disco, through the games, he played.
Higgins learned to play the piano watching Youtube tutorials at the age of four with help from his beloved mother. She encouraged him to learn and later paid for guitar and drum lessons. In school, he played the trumpet for band class.
During his sophomore year, he began recording songs on his cell phone, then uploaded them to his SoundCloud. It was around this time that he dedicated more of his time to rapping, taking it up on a more serious note.
Well, it is apparent which way he is headed, I’m sure you are curious to find out how he launched into his career.
Juice Wrld career highlights
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As he delved more into the world of rap, he honed himself into an artist. Something about rap made him feel that it was incomplete, and he made it his mission to fill the gap. Higgins was dealing with anxiety and mental health issues and subsequently depression. Hence, instead of mimicking the work of those before him, he took a different stance. His lyrics were filled with vulnerability. Rap music prior to this, usually focuses on one’s ego, how much one has dealt with, how much they can take. Juice Wrld steered himself clear of this traditional form of rap and instead introduced emo rap so that those who felt pain could connect to rap on a deeper level. He said, “Everybody felt pain.” and he brought in addiction, depression, heartbreaks into the lyrics of his song.
Juice Wrld’s career practically started on SoundCloud. He started off with uploading his tracks under the name JuicetheKidd. The name was inspired by his admiration for the rapper Tupac. He later changed it to Juice Wrld because it represents, “taking over the world.”
In 2017 his producer Nic Mira produced his first track, “Too Much Cash.” Higgins also used to work in a factory besides working on music, but he wasn’t satisfied with the job and got himself fired soon.
He released his first debut 9 9 9 after joining internet collective Internet Money records. The release included the song Lucid Dreams.
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The song was a hit. In May 2018, the song was given its own video and officially released as a single, and it went on to peak at no.2 in the US Billboard Hot 100. It was one of the most streamed songs of 2018.
In mid-2017, Higgins signed with Lil Bibby’s co-owned record label, Grade A productions. By December he released the three-song extended play Nothing Different. It got featured in hip-hop blogs like Lyrical Lemonade. This subsequently helped Higgin’s track, All Girls Are The Same” become popular. And by February 2018,a music video came out, directed by Cole Bennett. Right after this, he signed up with Interscope Records and released a remix featuring Lil Yachty. The song was critically praised and received the “Best New Music” designation from Pitchfork.
What is interesting about Juice Wrld’s career is that it was not planned out at all. He basically freestyled his way through, including his musical hits. He started off in a DIY manner and signed on to labels and sort of randomly achieved success. Juice admits in an interview with Complex that he didn’t have any strategy. He went by gut instincts. Lucky for him, his instincts paid off, as Lucid Dreams was already certified 6 platinum before his passing away.
A song which he supposedly wrote down in only 20 minutes, completely changed his life. However, Juice lost 85% of the money but wasn’t much bothered by it. He had to give royalties to the English artist Sting as Juice’s track samples the artist’s single “Shape of my heart.”
Juice Wrld First studio album
Higgins then released his first studio album Goodbye and Good Riddance on May 23rd, 2018. In June he released two songs in remembrance of the deceased rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. On July 10th, “Wasted” was released and added to Goodbye and Good Riddance, which debuted at no.67 on the Billboard Hot 100. On July 20th, Higgins announced his first world tour, “WRLD Domination.”
He also made his late-night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In August 2018. He went on to release a number of other songs that year, like the music video Armed and Dangerous, Fine China, and also contributed to the soundtrack for Spiderman titled, Hide.
Higgins also released a joint mixtape with Ski Mask the Slump God called Evil Twins in 2019. His second studio album was released in March of 2019, Death Race for Love. Which after a week at no. 2 on the charts made it to the number 1 spot. Soon after, he joined the world tour with Nicki Minaj.
Things took a 180-degree turn in a short amount of time. What was considered to be a positive outlet for the youth to express themselves, was considered to be enabling them through his words of drug use, self-harm as a coping mechanism? It only worsened the already growing opiate usage among teens rather than subduing it. The public slowly stopped celebrating and the DEA stated that it glorified the use of drugs.
Juice Wrld rose to his defense saying it was never his intention to promote drug use, rather he used his music to clear his mind and relieve himself from stress.
That year he released a number of singles before his demise. His last song released while alive was Bandit with NBA YoungBoy.
Juice wrld death and reason
Juice Wrld’s untimely demise had every fan shocked. The singer was able to defy genres, and he pushed emo-rap into the mainstream. Fans noticed the eerie prediction of his own death in the track “Legends.” It had them gutted.
On December 8, 2019, Juice was taking a private jet out of his home town with his team and a few security members. His plane was being followed by law enforcement and tracked in the airport monitor. The moment Juice Wrld was made aware of the news, he panicked and was freaking out. His girlfriend wasn’t able to calm him down.
Now, he had legitimate reasons for reacting the way he did. On his jet, he had a number of illegal items that he should not have been in possession of.
He had 70 pounds of narcotics and pills, two firearms, and high capacity ammunition magazines.
Afraid that he would get arrested, it is allegedly said that he tried to consume the narcotics, to get into less trouble. This actually was a very futile step to take, as the jet was rented under his name, so even if others brought in the other illegal items, Juice Wrld would still be charged for all of it anyway.
He collapsed from a drug-induced seizure at Midway International Airport in Chicago, after arriving there.
Juice’s funeral was held in Harvest, Illinois five days later, on December 13th, 2019.
At the time of his death, he was living in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Ally. The pair had started dating through Instagram in November 2018.
In January 2020, it was confirmed that Higgins died due to the presence of toxic levels of oxycodone and codeine in his system.
Since then, Juice has had a number of posthumous releases. His first being with Eminem, G Herbo, a multilingual collaboration with producer Rvssian and a Puerto Rican rapper, where Higgins was seen as an angel in the background of the music video. His first posthumous single was released in April 2020. All of these releases are included under the album titled, Legends never die.
Juice’s net worth was $4.5M.
His mother in remembrance of him has established the Live Free 999 Fund. Its target is to support programs that target young and underprivileged populations. Their main focus is on addiction, anxiety, and depression and normalizing such conversations between people.