The “Lucid Dreams” rapper had just begun his promising career before suffering a seizure at a Chicago Airport. In memory of Juice WRLD, here are ten facts about the talented Chicago artist.
1. Juice WRLD was discovered on SoundCloud as “JuiceTheKidd”
Popular to “emo” and “mumble” rappers, the platform Soundcloud provided a home for Juice WRLD’s music when he was attending his sophomore year of high school under the name of JuiceTheKidd.
2. Juice WRLD Freestyled For Over An Hour On Radio
In 2018, Juice WRLD performed a freestyle for over an hour on Tim Westwood TV. The video remains viral to this day.
3. Juice WRLD Wrote “Lucid Dreams” In Under 15 Minutes
Arguably, the young rapper’s most famous song was “Lucid Dreams.” Juice WRLD claimed to have developed the song in 15 minutes. That quarter of an hour led to his triumphant nomination of an MTV Music Video Award and a track that went six times platinum.
4. Juice WRLD Has Won Multiple Music Awards
In 2018, Billboard named Juice WRLD their top new R&B/hip-hop artist, followed by the Top New Artist Award at Billboard Music Awards in 2019.
6. The Rapper Was Trained In Multiple Instruments
Juice WRLD was professionally taught or self-taught many instruments as a child, including trumpet, guitar, piano, and drums.
5. Juice WRLD May Have Predicted His Own Death at 21
His 2018 song “Legends” gave homage to fellow and passed SoundCloud rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion before WRLD’s death the following year. Lyrics included “What’s the 27 Club? We ain’t making it past 21.”
7. Juice WRLD Was Raised In A Strict Household
The artist told Complex Magazine that rap was banned from his house due to his Christian upbringing. He found his calling as a rapper through his cousins’ introductions to fellow artists Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, and Chief Keef.
8. The Name ‘Juice WRLD’ Was Inspired By Tupac
Juice WRLD chose his rap moniker after watching the movie “Juice,” starring the late rapper Tupac Shakur.
9. His Tastes Ranged Farther Than Rap
The late 21-year-old rapper had a secret passion for emo and rock music. Juice WRLD’s other favorite acts included Blink 182, Billy Idol, and the Tony Hawk Underground soundtrack. The artist attributed his eclectic blend of tastes to the influence on his unique yet popular style.
10. He was loved and respected by many other artists
Though tragically passing at age 21, the young artist has made an impact on his fans and famous friends. Many tributes to Juice WRLD included Twitter sentiments from Lil Nas X, Ellie Goulding, and Brendan Urie from Panic At The Disco, another of Juice WRLD’s influences.