Jarad Anthony Higgins, popularly known as Juice WRLD, was born on December 2, 1998. He was 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. He kicked off his career as an independent artist and went on to release hit song after hit song. Unfortunately, a drug overdose cut his life short. Keep reading and get to learn more about his life and legacy as we celebrate his birthday.
Jarad Anthony Higgins, professionally known as Juice WRLD, was born on December 2, 1998, in Chicago, Illinois. Higgins spent his childhood in Calumet Park and his teen years were spent in Homewood. His parents separated when he was three years old, and he lived with his mother and older brother. He developed an appreciation for hip-hop as well as rock music during this period. Despite being raised in a conservative environment by his mother, who didn’t allow him to listen to hip-hop, he was encouraged to explore rock and pop music, leading to his interest in artists such as Blink-182, Black Sabbath, Fall Out Boy, and others. At a young age, he learned to play various musical instruments, including the piano, guitar, drums, and trumpet. It was during his sophomore year that he started releasing songs on SoundCloud and began to take his music seriously.
Juice kicked off his career as an independent artist, releasing 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 the “Juice WRLD 999” E.P. which was produced by Nick Mira and Sidepce. He then released his debut album “Goodbye & Good Riddance” which included the singles ‘All Girls Are the Same’ and ‘Lean Wit Me.’ He gained 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 life was cut short when he died from a drug overdose just days after he turned 21. Several months after his passing and with the approval of his estate, his label released his posthumous album, “Legends Never Die,” which entered the Billboard 200. In 2021, another posthumous project called “Fighting Demons” was released, which featured high-profile artists including Justin Bieber and Suga from BTS.
Higgins starts his career as Juice WRLD by releasing the “Juice WRLD 999” E.P. on SoundCloud.
He 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.’
He drops his second album “Death Race For Love,” which is a commercial success.
Just days after his 21st birthday, Higgins passes away from a drug overdose during his flight from Los Angeles to Chicago.
His 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 his music was his honesty about dealing with mental health issues as well as drug addiction. His vulnerability in his songs proved to be a source of comfort for listeners with similar struggles.
He had a unique songwriting ability
He had an exceptional talent for songwriting, enabling him to compose hit songs within minutes. According to reports, because he could write songs so fast, he had thousands of unreleased songs.
He could mix genres easily
He 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
He 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 Juice WRLD and was living with him before he died.
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