The “Lucid Dreams”, “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lean Wit Me” rapper and songwriter had just begun his promising career before suffering a seizure at a Chicago Midway Airport.
In memory of Juice WRLD, here are 18 facts about the talented Chicago, Illinois hip-hop artist.
When is Juice WRLD’s Birthday?
Juice WRLD was born on December 2, 1998, in Chicago, Illinois. People continue to celebrate his birthday every December.
What is Juice WRLD’s real name?
Juice WRLD’s real name is Jarad Anthony Higgin.
Juice WRLD Was Raised by His Mother After Parents Divorced
His parents divorced when he was just three years old. He was then raised by his mother who was reportedly very religious.
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 at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Chicago, Illinois under the name of JuiceTheKidd.
His first song, “Forever” was recorded on his cell phone and then released on the Soundcloud platform. This song was also the only one that showed up on his 2015 mixtape “What is Love.”
His First Performance Made Him $100
Juice WRLD performed in 2017 at a rec center in Chicago for mostly his friends and family. This performance earned him only $100 but was his first paid gig.
His First Studio Album was Goodbye & Good Riddance
Although Juice Wrld had recorded several EPs prior, his debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance was recorded with Interscope Records in 2018.
Before signing with Interscope, he had released the song “All The Girls Are the Same” on a three-song EP. This track hit the Billboard charts at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song also was named Best New Music by Pitchfork. It was after this that Interscope Records signed him for a $3,000,000 recording contract.
His second album, “Death Race For Love” was released in 2019, which was named by Rolling Stone to be the #40 Best Albums of 2019.
Juice WRLD was a Huge Fan of Video Games
Even though he was not allowed to listen to hip-hop music growing up with his religious mother, Juice WRLD was influenced by the music he heard in video games such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.
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.
Juice WRLD Wrote “Lucid Dreams” In 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 a nomination of an MTV Music Video Award and a track that went platinum six times.
It was also this song, “Lucid Dreams” that one of his producers, Nick Mira, claimed that Juice WRLD lost about 85% of his money when Sting sued him for sampling.
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.
He also received several nominations such as when BET named him for Best New Hip-Hop Artist.
After his death, his album “Fighting Demons” was named to the Billboard 200 chart.
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.
The New York Times reported that Juice WRLD taught himself how to play the keyboard by watching YouTube videos.
Is it Possible Juice WRLD Predicted His Own Death?
His 2018 song “Legends” gave homage to fellow and passed SoundCloud rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion before WRLD’s death the following year. Heard lyrics of his song include, “What’s the 27 Club? We ain’t making it past 21.”
Juice WRLD was Open About His Addictions & Mental Health
The young rapper was open about his battle with addiction and mental health through his music.
In fact, it was his addiction that is believed to be the reason for his seizure and death at the Chicago Midway Airport. Although not confirmed, it was believed that Juice WRLD ingested several Percocet pills to keep authorities from finding them.
His death followed his trip to Australia where it was reported that while leaving the Los Angeles airport on November 18, he was searched by federal authorities.
Juice WRLD Was Raised In A Strict Household
Juice told Complex Magazine that rap was banned from his house due to his Christian upbringing. He discovered his rap talent through his cousins’ introductions to artists Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy.
The Name ‘Juice WRLD’ Was Inspired By Tupac and Eminem
Juice WRLD chose his rap moniker after he saw the movie “Juice,”, a film which stars the late rapper Tupac Shakur.
One of his biggest musical influences was Eminem. It was during his one-hour freestyle rapping performance that Juice WRLD gave a shout-out to Eminem for being an inspiration for his music.
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.
His Favorite Color
Reddit users have claimed that Juice Wrld’s favorite color is purple. Many have also mentioned other favorite colors of his are black and blue. Juice often dyed his hair with Blue highlights.
His Favorite Food
Juice WRLD’s favorite food was any kind of pasta and chicken tenders. The food Juice preferred the least was lasagna.
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.
Juice WRLD was in a Long-Term Relationship with Ally Lotti
The young rapper was reportedly in a longtime relationship with Instagram Influencer, Ally Lotti. Their relationship was said to be “official” in November of 2018. The couple also lived together at Juice WRLD’s Los Angeles home.
Her Instagram feed often featured the adorable couple in many pictures which showed their closeness.