Juice Wrld hits new peak with ‘Death Race for Love’

Juice WRLD passed away on Sunday at Chicago’s Midway Airport. The rapper and singer was 21, having just celebrated his birthday a week ago on Dec. 2.

Jeshua Glover

The emerging supernova that is Juice Wrld took the hip-hop genre by storm in 2018. His emo-rap style, coupled with a tremendous flow, was instantly heard in the ears and hearts of music lovers across the planet.

Juice Wrld’s debut LP, “Goodbye and Good Riddance,” peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Later that year he dropped “Wrld on Drugs,” a collaborative mixtape with Future, loaded with star-studded features like Young Thug, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, to name a few. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, yet another top five ranking for the 20-year-old Chicago native.

Juice dropped a single titled “Robbery,” 24 hours prior to Valentine’s day this year, produced by Nick Mara. The track peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 before the album release. The public was practically salivating in anticipation for another release by the flaming-hot recording artist.

On March 1, Juice dropped “Hear me Calling,” and while it did not perform as well as “Robbery,” only added to fans anticipation for the LP. The world was waiting in awe to see if the young artist could top his previous projects.

Despite the expectations, Juice Wrld found a way to top both of his previous projects with “Death Race for Love.” The album is what is sounds like, a plethora of love song with a little injection of “Death Race.”

Juice truly pulls out all the stops for this album, giving listeners a taste of just how diverse his sound can be. The album, from start to finish, is filled to the brim with very exotic beats and smooth production. “Death Race for Love” is also surprisingly sparse on features, only enlisting the help of three artists, Young Thug, Brent Faiyaz and Clever.

Among the must-listen tracks on the album, is “10 Feet,” an R&B track with exceptional hip-hop bars in the model of songs made by Drake and The Weeknd. Juice brings a unique beat to the track, treating listeners to sci-fi inspired sounds through their headphones during the later part of the song.

The next must-listen comes in the album’s final track, “Make Believe,” Juice rapping over a salsa-style beat about his conflicting emotions for an ex. Juice lets Maryland-native Brent Faiyaz take over in “Demonz,” Juice completely falling back on this one. He lets Faiyaz do his thing, in his own style and specific production type, completely switching up the feel of the album and emphasizing its theme of love.