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Juice WRLD: A Look Back

Jarod Anthony Higgins, better known by his stage name Juice WRLD, has passed away at the age of 21 from a seizure while traveling at Chicago's Midway airport.

This news has been trending on Twitter as fans and rap superstars send out their condolences and thoughts.

Juice had potential and nobody could argue that.

His unique combination of an emo sound over trap beats led to the release of his first song "Forever" on SoundCloud in 2015, going by the stage name of 'JuiceTheKidd'.

In June of 2017, Juice released his first EP, 9 9 9, which contained his break-out hit song "Lucid Dreams". From here, Juice not only began to gain attention from the masses, but Chicago's biggest rap stars as well; specifically Lil Bibby, who later signed Juice to his label Grade-A Productions.

Later on in the year, Juice would go on to release another EP, Nothings Different; a three-track record that would become featured on the Internet due to "All Girls Are the Same", Juice's second big hit. This song ultimately led to Juice's discovery by Interscope Records where he would be signed, alongside Grade-A Productions, for a deal worth $3 million.

Using "Lucid Dreams" as a driving single, Juice would release his first studio album Goodbye and Good Riddance in May of 2018 to critical acclaim and success. His album would later go on to achieve platinum status, an uncommon feat for an artists first album.

Less than a month later he would go on to release a two-song EP titled Too Soon..., which was dedicated to the late XXXTentacion and Lil Peep. The song "Legends" off of this EP charted at number 65 on the Billboard Top 100. Juice is remembered for his iconic line in this song, where he says:

"What's the 27 Club/ We ain't making it past 21."

Juice would go on to collaborate with Lil Uzi Vert for their track "Wasted" where Juice officially debuted himself as 'Juice WRLD' to all. The track would go on to chart at 67 on the Billboard Top 100.

As part of another collaboration, Juice and Future released their joint mixtape Wrld on Drugs in October of 2018. The tape would chart at a respectable number 2 on Billboard.

In December of that same year, Ski Mask the Slump God and Juice announced a joint mixtape, Evil Twins, that would release in 2019 alongside a North American tour.

In March of 2019, Juice released his second studio album Death Race for Love while touring along side Nicki Minaj for "The Nicki Wrld Tour". Death Race for Love would chart at number 1 on Billboard, giving Juice his first number 1 album while also cementing himself as a modern rap icon.

From here, Juice enjoyed a quiet 2019 consisting of filming music videos and regular studio work.

His passing in Chicago took place after arriving from California at 3:14 a.m. on what appeared to be a non-business related trip.

Now, rappers mourn Hip-Hops loss as yet another young star dies. Many fans are using this opportunity to spread awareness on the effects and dangers of lean, which Juice was known to take in the past. His death currently shows no signs of drug abuse.

Juice turned 21 last Monday.

Written By: Michael Miserendino

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