Juice WRLD

December 2, 1998- December 8, 2019

Juice WRLD Artistfacts

  • Juice WRLD was born Jarad Anthony Higgins in Chicago. His parents divorced when he was three years old, leaving his mom, a student teacher, to raise him alongside one older brother.
  • Jarad Higgins and his mom moved all over Chicago's south suburbs, in part to find a school where he wouldn't misbehave. He told NME that his mother "tried to keep me away from the streets as much as possible."
  • Jarad's mom didn't let him listen to hip-hop, but his older cousins introduced him to some of the classic acts. "They put me on to Cassidy, one of the best battle rappers to do it; Meek Mill, when he had the braids," he told Billboard. "They gave me substance."
  • Higgins began uploading moody raps about heartbreak and drugs to SoundCloud and started to take it seriously in his sophomore year of high school. Originally he recorded his rhymes under the moniker of JuicetheKidd, inspired by his affection for rapper Tupac Shakur and his part in the film Juice. He explained in an interview on Hot 107.9 that he changed his name to Juice Wrld because it "represents taking over the world."
  • For a while, Juice worked in a factory that made car parts. However, after his three-song Soundcloud EP Nothings Different, which included the single "All Girls Are The Same," proved popular, he signed to Interscope Records for $3,000,00. At that point, Juice had only performed in public on one occasion, when he played a party for his classmates at Homewood Flossmoor High School for a fee of $100.
  • Juice is a big fan of retro Playstation games and the title of his second album A Deathrace for Love was inspired by the Twisted Metal PlayStation videogame series he loved growing up.
  • Juice WRLD passed away on December 8, 2019, six days after turning 21. He suffered cardiac arrest following a suspected opioid overdose in Chicago's Midway Airport. The rapper allegedly swallowed multiple Percocet pills to hide them while law enforcement officers were searching his private jet for drugs.
  • Released in July 2020, Juice WRLD's first posthumous album, Legends Never Die, was the most-streamed album of the year on Spotify. The rapper was crowned the streaming service's most-streamed artist in the US and fourth in the world overall in 2020.


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