Jarad Anthony Higgins, popularly known as Juice WRLD, was born on December 2, 1998. He is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who was considered one of the most important artists in the emo-rap genre. His songs started gaining traction in the late 2010s when the Soundcloud rap wave was starting to take off. Juice kicked off his career as an independent artist and went on to release hit song after hit song. Unfortunately, a drug overdose cut short the life of one of this generation’s legendary rappers. Keep reading and get to know more about the life and legacy of Juice WRLD.
Jarad Anthony Higgins
Juice WRLD, JuiceTheKidd
December 2, 1998
December 8, 2019 (age 21)
Jarad Anthony Higgins, professionally known as Juice WRLD, was born on December 2, 1998, in Chicago, Illinois. Higgins spent his childhood years in Calumet Park and later his high school years in Homewood. His parents separated when he was three years old, leaving Higgins to live with his older brother and mother. Higgins’ taste in a mixture of hip-hop and rock music began around this time. It was known that his mother raised him conservatively, not allowing him to listen to hip hop. He was, however, allowed to listen to rock and pop songs, resulting in him taking an interest in artists including Blink-182, Black Sabbath, Fall Out Boy, and other bands. At a young age, Higgins learned to play instruments including piano, guitar, drums, and trumpet. In his sophomore year, he also began putting out songs to SoundCloud and started taking music seriously.
Juice kicked off his career as an independent artist putting out songs online before he signed a recording contract with Grade A Productions and Interscope Record. After releasing several bodies of work, one of his tracks called ‘Lucid Dreams’ went viral, peaking at number two on the U.S. Billboard 100. In 2017, he released Juice WRLD 999 E.P. which was produced by Nick Mira and Sidepce. He then released his debut album “Goodbye & Good Riddance” which contained singles including ‘All Girls Are the Same’ and ‘Lean Wit Me.’ At this point, Higgins gained high popularity and was even dubbed one of the pioneers of the emo-rap genre. In 2019, his single ‘Robbery’ was released as part of the rollout of his second album “Death Race For Love.” Commercially, the album performed well as it peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold.
Unfortunately, Higgins had to cut his journey in rap stardom short as he died from a drug overdose just days after he turned 21 (2019). Several months after his passing and with the approval of his estate, his label released his posthumous album, “Legends Never Die,” which managed to peak on the Billboard 200 (2020). Another posthumous project called “Fighting Demons” was released which featured high-profile artists including Justin Bieber and Suga from B.T.S. (2021).
Higgins starts his career as Juice WRLD by releasing the “Juice WRLD 999” E.P. on SoundCloud.
Higgins releases his first full-length project “Goodbye & Good Riddance” which includes songs such as ‘Lucid Dreams,’ ‘All Girls Are the Same,’ and ‘Lean Wit Me.’
Higgins drops his second album “Death Race For Love,” which performs commercially well.
Just days after his 21st birthday, Higgins passes away from a drug overdose during his flight from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Higgins’ label releases his first posthumous album called “Legends Never Die.”
Why We Love Juice WRLD
He wrote honest songs
What drew fans around the world to Higgins’ music was his honesty in his songs about dealing with mental issues as well as drug addiction. His vulnerability in his songs proved a source of comfort for listeners with similar struggles.
He had a unique songwriting ability
Higgins had a great songwriting ability that allowed him to write hit songs in just a matter of minutes. Accounts have stated that his fast writing ability led him to have thousands of unreleased materials.
He could mix genres easily
Higgins had a genuine interest in hip hop and rock music. So, it was not hard for him to mix the two genres without it sounding forced or pretentious.
5 Surprising Facts
His stage name reflected his vision
Higgins’ picked the name Juice WRLD because he was inspired by the 1992 movie “Juice” which starred 2Pac and the word ‘WRLD’ represents his vision of taking over the world.
He could freestyle rap for an hour
Higgins was known for his ability to freestyle rap continuously.
His ‘Lucid Dreams’ had a deep meaning
Higgins suffered from sleep paralysis and he also said that he compared heartbreak with sleep paralysis.
He wrote ‘Lucid Dreams’ in minutes
Higgins has revealed that his viral hit ‘Lucid Dreams’ was written in a matter of just 15 minutes.
He was friends with Ski Mask
Higgins was also known for his close friendship with Florida rapper Ski Mask.
Juice WRLD FAQs
What does 999 mean to Juice WRLD?
It means inverted 666 which signifies positivity and pushing through any inner struggles.
Where is Juice WRLD buried?
He is buried in Homewood Memorial Gardens in Illinois.
Who is Ally Lotti?
She’s an Instagram influencer who was dating JuiceWRLD and was living with him before he died.
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