Review: Juice WRLD — Legends Never Die

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Sunday, September 13th, 2020 at 3:31 PM
Review: Juice WRLD — Legends Never Die by Steven McGarvie

On Dec. 8, 2019, the "Top New Artist" winner at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, Juice WRLD, passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 21 years old, leaving the rap industry heartbroken. Before his passing, Juice WRLD was in the process of releasing his next highly anticipated project, but his sudden demise left fans wondering when they would get to hear his talents again.

This question was answered on July 10 as his 21-track posthumous album, “Legends Never Die,” was released. The album features plenty of prominent artists and many that were close friends to Juice WRLD, including fellow Chicago native and young rap star Polo G. Fittingly, the very first track on the album is titled “Anxiety,” and other tracks like “Life's a Mess” and “Fighting Demons” highlight the internal struggles that he was dealing with on a daily basis. One day after the release of the album, Juice WRLD owned every top 20 spot on the Apple Music rap/hip-hop charts. Even though his album dropped over a month ago, “Come and Go” still sits at No. 8, with “Wishing Well” joining it in the top 25. The overall album is still No. 3 trending in the rap/hip-hop category.  

Juice WRLD has always been one of my favorite artists, so this album was special to me, as I'm not sure if or when there will ever be another. My favorite tracks are “Stay High,” “Hate the Other Side" (feat. Polo G and THE Kid Laroi) and “Wishing Well.” In each of those songs, Juice WRLD opens up on his struggles and the scars he lived with, and that is what made him one of my favorite musicians. He was never afraid to say what he believed and never hid the fact that he dealt with anxiety and depression, as that was just who he was.  

The cause of death for the talented artist was "an accidental overdose of codeine and oxycodone," according to NPRThe rapper, formerly known as Jarad Higgins, was known for having chronic depression and anxiety, as he noted in many of of his song lyrics. Higgins is yet another rap artist to pass away from drug abuse within the past few years; this includes Mac Miller, who died in 2018 

Getting his big break on SoundCloud, recording the majority of his music from a cell phone, Juice WRLD signed to Grade A record label in 2017 after releasing hit single “Lucid Dreams.” This has now been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify. His first album, “Goodbye and Good Riddance,” was released in 2017, landing him a $3 million contract with the prestigious Interlude record label. 

Juice WRLD is rumored to have thousands of unreleased songs, so we'll see how his legacy develops from here. 

Steven McGarvie is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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