Jarad Anthony Higgins (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019), known professionally as Juice Wrld, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Chicago. His song ” Lucid Dreams ” has been played on music streaming platform Spotify over one billion times and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 . “Lucid Dreams”, along with his previous successful single ” All Girls Are the Same “, helped him secure a recording contract with Lil Bibby”s Grade A Productions and Interscope Records . He took his stage name from the role of American rapper Tupac Shakur in the movie Juice and said it represents taking over the world.
“All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams” were two of the five singles included on Higgins” debut studio album Goodbye & Good Riddanc (2018), which was subsequently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album enjoyed positive critical reception and included three other singles: ” Lean wit Me “, ” Wasted ” and ” Armed and Dangerous “, which charted on the Hot 100. After collaborating with Future on the mixtape Wrld on Drugs (2018), Higgins released his second studio album Death Race for Love (2019) along with the singles ” Robbery ” and ” Hear Me Calling “. Death Race for Love debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the artist”s first album to top the chart.
Higgins died after a drug-related seizure at Chicago”s Midway International Airport. His death caused an explosion of grief on social media and in the music industry. His first posthumous album,Legends Never Die (2020), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album was the most successful posthumous debut in over 20 years and matched a record for the most ten song entries on the Hot 100 at one time. The album”s fourth single ” Come & Go ” featuring Marshmello became Higgins” second song to reach the second number on the Hot 100 after “Lucid Dreams”. He is considered a leading figure in the emo-rap and SoundCloud rap genres that garnered attention during the mid-2010s .
Jarad Anthony Higgins was born on December 2, 1998, in Chicago, Illinois . He grew up in the South Suburbs spending his childhood in Calumet Park and then moving to Homewood, where he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School and graduated in 2017. His parents divorced when he was three years old, and his father left, leaving his mother to raise him and an older brother as a single parent . Higgins” mother was very religious and conservative and did not allow him to listen to hip hop . He was allowed to listen to rock and pop music, however, he was introduced to artists such as Billy Idol, Blink-182, Black Sabbath, Fall Out Boy, Megadeth and Panic! to Disco through video games such as Tony Hawk”s Pro Skater and Guitar Hero .
Higgins was a heavy drug user during his childhood and adolescence. He began drinking Codeine in sixth grade and using (strong painkillers) and xanax in 2013. Higgins also smoked cigarettes for a while before quitting in his senior year of high school due to health issues.
He learned to play the piano at the age of four, having been inspired by his mother, Carmella Wallace, who later started paying for lessons. He then took up the guitar and drums while also playing the trumpet for band class. In his sophomore year of high school, he began posting songs on SoundCloud that he recorded on his smartphone. Around this time, Higgins began to take rap more seriously.
2015-2017: beginnings, agreements and early projects
Higgins began to develop as an artist in his freshman year of high school. His first track, “Forever,” was released on SoundCloud in 2015 under the name JuicetheKidd. Higgins recorded most of his early tracks on a cell phone, uploading them to SoundCloud his sophomore year. He changed his name from JuicetheKidd, a name inspired by his love of rapper Tupac Shakur”s role in the movie Juice, to Juice Wrld because he and his collaborators believed the change would benefit his career. In an interview with Atlanta radio station WHTA, Higgins revealed that the last part of his name didn”t initially make any sense, but he thought it “represented conquering the world.”
“Too Much Cash”, Higgins” first track produced by frequent collaborator Nick Mira, was released in 2017.While releasing projects and songs on SoundCloud, Higgins was working in a factory but was unhappy with his job, which he was fired from within two weeks. After joining the online collective Internet Money, Higgins released his debut full EP, 9 9 9, on June 15, 2017, with the song “Lucid Dreams ” he rose to fame and gained a large following.
In mid-2017, she began receiving attention from artists like Waka Flocka Flame and Southside, as well as fellow Chicago artists G Herbo and Lil Bibby . She then signed with Lil Bibby”s corporate record label, Grade A Productions .
2017-2018: Goodbye & Good Riddance and WRLD Domination Tour
In December 2017, Higgins released the song EP Nothings Different . The project was covered by hip-hop blog Lyrical Lemonad, with Higgins” track “All Girls Are the Same” gaining popularity through the blog”s post and an accompanying music video directed by Cole Bennett released in February 2018. Following the video”s release, Interscope Records signed Higgins for $3 million and a remix featuring Lil Yachty was previewed but never officially released. “All Girls Are the Same” was critically acclaimed, and received Best New Music from Pitchfork It was released as a single in April. “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams” were Higgins” first entries on any Billboard chart, debuting on the Hot 100 at numbers 92 and 74, respectively.
On May 4, 2018, “Lucid Dreams” was officially released as a single and was accompanied by a music video directed by Cole Bennett, similar to “All Girls Are the Same”. It reached number two on the Hot 100 and quickly became one of the most streamed songs of 2018. It remains the most streamed song, reaching over a billion streams on Spotify by January 2020. “Lucid Dreams” was followed by ” Lean Wit Me” on May 22, which reached number 68 on the Hot 100. Higgins” debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, which included his three previous singles, was released the following day. On June 19, he released a two-song EP titled Too Soon .. in remembrance of and dedicated to deceased rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion . Lil Peep died of an overdose in 2017 and XXXTentacion was shot and killed during a robbery attempt on June 18, 2018, the day before the project”s release. Higgins said he and XXXTentacion were friends and would have FaceTime calls together, revealing that their last conversation was about the meeting. The cover of Too Soon. . EP is a screenshot of a conversation between Higgins and XXXTentacion. The song “Legends ” from the EP debuted at number 65 on the Hot 100 and reached number 29 over a year later after Higgins” death.
” Wasted ” featuring Lil Uzi Vert was released on July 10. It was Higgins” first collaborative single and the only song on Goodbye & Good Riddance with a featured guest. It started at number 68 on the Hot 100 and peaked at 67 in its second week on the chart. On July 11, Higgins announced that he was working on his next album. On July 20, Higgins announced his first tour, WRLD Domination, with additional acts Cordae and Lil Mosey . On July 25, Higgins” producer Danny Wolf released the official version of “Motions” on SoundCloud after a series of leaks .
2018-2019: Wrld on Drugs και Death Race for Love
Travis Scott”s song “No Bystanders”, from his third studio album, Astroworld, with Higgins and Sheck Wess . The song reached number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Higgins made his late-night television debut with the song “Lucid Dreams” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on August 8, 2018. On October 15, he released the music video for the song ” Armed and Dangerous” followed by the first single, ” Fine China “, from his collaborative mixtape, Wrld on Drugs with Future . Epic Records released the mix on October 19 He collaborated with American singer Seezyn on the song “Hide” from the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its soundtrack, both of which were released on December 14, 2018.
In a December 2018 interview with XXL, Ski Mask the Slump God confirmed that he will release a joint mixtape with Higgins titled Evil Twins in 2019; by and 2021, the project has yet to be released. The two have also announced a 2019 tour of 30 shows across North America. Higgins” sophomore album, Death Race for Love, was released on March 8, 2019 ahead of singles ” Robbery” and ” Hear Me Calling”. The album topped the Billboard 200 . He then embarked on The Nicki Wrld Tour, alongside Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj . Higgins released the music video for the song ” Fast ” from Death Race for Love on April 9. Later that year, he released other singles “All Night” with RM and BTS”s Suga ” Hate Me ” with Ellie Goulding . “Graduation ” with Benny Blanco . and “Bandit” with NBA YoungBoy, the last song Higgins released before his death. It reached number ten on the Hot 100.
Eminem”s eleventh studio album Music to Be Murdered By on the track “Godzilla” was released on January 17, 2020. “Godzilla” reached number three on the Hot 100 and number one in the United Kingdom . On January 22, an announcement was posted on Higgins” Instagram account by members of his family and his Grade A Productions team, which thanked fans for their love of Higgins and confirmed their intention to release music that he was working on at the time of his death.
Higgins was included in the title track of G Herbo”s fourth album PTSD, which was released on February 28. The track features vocals by Lil Uzi Vert and Chance the Rapper . “PTSD” marked the first time Higgins and Lil Uzi Vert collaborated on a song from “Wasted”. On March 13, a remix of the single ” Suicidal”, from YNW Melly”s debut studio album, ,Melly vs. Melvin with vocals by Higgins, was released The remix included a different lyric and was recorded by Hrogins. The song reappeared on the Hot 100 and reached number 20 after the remix was released. The single ” No Me Ame “, a multilingual collaboration between Higgins, Jamaican record producer Rvssian and Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA , was released on April 17. The background of the song”s music video features a computer-generated image of Higgins as an angel.
Higgins” first posthumous single, “Righteous”, was released on April 24, and an accompanying music video featuring videos of Higgins was uploaded to his YouTube channel. Higgins had recorded the song at his home in Los Angeles. On May 4, Higgins” girlfriend, Ally Lotti, announced that the upcoming third album and first posthumous album would be titled The Outsiders . On May 29, the song “Tell Me U Luv Me” featuring Trippie Redd was released along with a music video directed by Cole Bennett. “Go “, Higgins” collaboration with Australian rapper Kid_Laroi (whom Higgins mentored), was released on June 12.
On July 6, it was announced that the title of Higgins” first posthumous album had been changed to Legends Never Die. Between the announcement of the album and its release, two collaborative singles were released. “Life”s a Mess” with Halsey and “Come & Go” with Marshmello . The album was released on July 10, with 21 songs and four singles that Higgins claims best represent the music that was in the making of Juice. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Five of its songs made the top 10 top 100 for the week ending July 25: “Come & Go”, “Wishing Well”, “Conversations”, “Life”s a Mess” and ” Hate the Other Side” (a collaboration with Polo G and The Kid Laroi), which reached number two, five, seven, nine and ten, respectively. Higgins is the third artist to achieve this feat. The other artists are The Beatles and Drake. “Life”s a Mess” rose from number 74 to number nine that week. “Wishing Well”, which was critically praised after the album”s release, was sent to rhythmic contemporary radio as the album”s fifth single on July 28. On August 6, “Smile” featuring The Weeknd was released as a single. “Smile” had previously leaked on YouTube and SoundCloud under the title “Sad” over a year earlier, albeit with an open verse in place of The Weeknd”s.
On October 23, Lil Bibby confirmed that a second posthumous album was in the works. On December 2, which would have been the Higgins” twentieth anniversary, Benny Blanco released a collaborative single titled “Real Shit”. Six days later, on December 8, he released the anniversary of his death, “Reminds Me of You” featuring Kid Laroi. In 2020, Higgins was streamed on Spotify over 5.9 billion times, making him the fourth most streamed artist in the world .
On January 15, 2021, the Higgins estate released “Bad Boy” featuring Young Thug, which was accompanied by a music video directed by Cole Bennett, filmed entirely before Higgins” death. This marks the final collaboration between the artist and the director before the former”s death. On March 5, Life”s a Mess II, released an alternate version of the track “Life”s a Mess” from Legends Never Die, featuring Clever and Post Malone . On May 28, Higgins” debut full-length album Goodbye & Good Riddance was re-released to commemorate the third anniversary. The reissue includes two new songs, one titled “734” and the other is a remix of “Lucid Dreams” featuring Lil Uzi Vert. The 2018 single “Armed and Dangerous,” which was included on the album”s Spotify and Tidal reissue in December 2018, is excluded from the revised list.
Higgins said his musical influences were from the rock genre to rap music and that his biggest influences were rappers Travis Scott, Kanye West and British rock singer Billy Idol. Billboard writer Michael Saponara claimed, “If West and his 808s were a tree, another branch would have grown with the blossoming art that his fellow Chicagoan Juice WRLD would have shown in 2018.” Higgins was among the ranks of openly vulnerable artists born out of the emo rap scene inspired by West”s fourth album, Heartbreak (2008). During an interview with All Def Music, Higgins said, “I was singing” Street Lights like I had a reason to be sad. Kanye is a time traveler. He went very close in 2015 and came back with some fire.” His other influences included Wu-Tang Clan, Quietdrive, Fall Out Boy, Black Sabbath, The Starting Line, The Cranberries, The City Drive, 2Pac, Eminem,Kid Cudi and Escape the Fate. reporting error: Missing closing tag <
Higgins” music has been described as “emo” and “rock”, “genre-bending” with music that focuses on “every broken heart, every wounded emotion”. More specifically, he has been described as a hip hop, and SoundCloud rap artist. With a penchant for soon, Higgins seemed a leading figure for the current era of hip-hop. In 2018, streaming platform Spotify named “emo rap” his fastest growing genre. Higgins achieved arguably the most dominant success of any artist in the sub-genre. This has been bolstered by his collaboration with Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie. Higgins himself felt that the emo label was both negative and positive, as he felt that music sometimes needed to be a little dark to reflect his belief that the world was not really a light or happy place.
Higgins said that “Lucid Dreams” was the only track from Goodbye & Good Riddance that he wrote, while the rest was improvised. Instead of writing his poetry, Higgins created entire songs in minutes through off-the-cuff rhyming. More often than not, his songwriting process involved freestyling lyrics instead of writing them. When he wrote a song, he usually started by listening to a beat and instantly capturing an idea, although Higgins sometimes found himself alone with an idea for a song and feared he might not remember it a few hours after arriving at the studio. For this reason, he sometimes took a vocal note or simply wrote the entire song.
Higgins saw value in his position as one of the few contemporary SoundCloud artists who could compose ballads and odes with soul, but also remain comfortable rapping freely over classic hip hop rhythms. Instead of shying away from it, his freestyles emphasize wordplay and are connected to the tradition of the art form. When asked for his opinion on why freestyles are no longer considered the rite of passage of hip hop culture as they once were, he replied, “The thing is changing, that”s all. We”re moving into a new era of music. I feel like it”s not necessarily good to forget where it all started, but things are changing.” Although his songs don”t always feature a lot of technical lyricism, intricate flows or punctuated words, Higgins delivered inventive flows and memorable bars during his freestyles.
His most successful singles express melodic, emo inspired compositions that showcase his songwriting ability. His songs accommodate melodic flows to complement their melancholic themes. Higgins claimed that he spoke about things that others think about but are afraid to speak about, such as being vulnerable and traumatized. Having built a following through emo rap, Higgins offered lyrics that touched the heart and fragmented emotions. While not entirely groundbreaking, his musical approach provided a sense of intimacy to which the guilty of today”s generation could gravitate. Higgins claimed that he wrote only from personal experience and found strength in his pain and vulnerability. While the lyrical content of his songs often focused on pain and bitterness, there are occasional more poignant lines and creative references.
Higgins had a history of drug abuse that began at a young age and spoke openly about his experiences. His mother claimed that he was also experiencing anxiety and depression on top of his battle with drug addiction. Higgins had agreed to attend drug rehab weeks before his death.
Living in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, the couple revealed they were in a relationship via Instagram in November 2018.
Higgins had said in interviews that he didn”t like President Donald Trump, calling him “not thorough about this country.”
On December 8, 2019, Higgins was on a private Gulfstream jet flying from Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles to Midway International Airport in Chicago. Law enforcement officers were waiting for the jet to arrive after being alerted by federal agents, while the flight was in motion, that they suspected there were weapons and drugs on board. Law enforcement officials later revealed that they found 70 pounds (32 kg) of marijuana on the aircraft and said several members of Higgins” management team on the flight told them that Higgins had taken “several unknown pills,” including allegedly ingesting several Percocet pills to hide them while police were on the plane searching the luggage.
Higgins then began to twitch and go into seizure shock, after which two doses of the emergency drug Narcan were administered, as an opioid overdose was suspected. Higgins was transported to nearby Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead. On January 22, 2020, the Cook County Medical Examiner stated that Higgins died as a result of toxic levels of oxycodone and codeine present in his system. Higgins” funeral was held on December 13, 2019, at the Church of God of Christ Church of the Holy Temple in Harvey, Illinois . Friends and family attended, including Ski Mask the Slump God and Young Thug partners Ski Mask the Slump God and Young Thug .
Fellow rapper Boosie Badazz suggested that the pilot of the plane was ultimately responsible for Higgins” death, referring to him as a snitch. Higgins was suspected by federal authorities after an incident that occurred in November 2019 before he departed for Australia, which led to a search of his plane. Badazz gave an interview threatening violence to the pilot, before later calming down and reflecting on the dangers of young artists suddenly being overwhelmed by money.
American rapper Ski Mask The Slump God, the close friend of Higgins with whom he collaborated on the hit song “Nuketown”, said on Twitter “They keep taking my brothers from me”, also referring to best friend and longtime collaborator XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in June 2018. Lil Yachty, who mixed Higgins” song “all girls are the same” mourned his death alongside Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, The Weeknd and others.
Higgins” mother expressed hope that her son”s legacy would help others in their battles with addiction, saying: “Addiction knows no boundaries and its impact transcends the person fighting it. . We know that Jarad”s legacy of love, joy and emotional honesty will live on.” He later established the Live Free 999 Fund in honor of Higgins and the battle he fought against addiction, anxiety and depression. The fund”s primary goal is to support programs that target young and underserved populations. By focusing on addiction, anxiety and depression, the organization hopes to normalize the conversation about the mental health challenges Higgins faced and empower people to address these challenges in a healthy way. Higgins” production team and record label have committed to supporting the organization.
In his song, “Legends ” – which was dedicated to XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed in mid-2018 at age 20, and Lil Peep, who overdosed in late 2017 at age 21 – Higgins says “What the 27 Club ?