Juice Wrld’s posthumous album highlights New Music Friday. Also out: a new Kid Cudi and Eminem song, plus tracks from Tim McGraw and Katy Perry.
Seven months after he died of an accidental overdose, Juice Wrld’s final works are about to see the light of day.
“Legends Never Die,” a new, 15-track album from the rapper whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, drops Friday.
“The album shines a light on the collaborators that meant so much to Juice and deeply impacted his musical process….We hope this album bring some reprieve to everyone during these unsettling times,” his estate said in a statement that accompanied news of the album’s release.
While the tracklist has not been revealed, we know it includes “Life’s a Mess,” a somber collaboration with Halsey. Released on Monday, the song grapples with tribulations of love, with lyrics like: “Have you ever fallen head over heels for somebody // That made promises to give you the world? Um // I really hope they held you down // I really hope it was no lying // ‘Cause when heart breaks it feel like the world’s gone.”
The track is accompanied by a touching video that shows a street artist slowly spray-painting a canvas that, by song’s end, has a picture of Juice Wrld embracing Halsey. Released earlier this week, the video already hadnearly 5 million views on YouTube by midday Thursday.
Two other tracks from “Legends Never Die” have also been released ahead of the album’s debut, including “Righteous,” his first posthumous single, and “Tell Me U Luv Me,” a collaboration with fellow rapper Trippie Redd.
Juice Wrld died Dec. 8 at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. He had turned 21 six days earlier.
Autopsy and toxicology results showed the rapper’s death was the result of “oxycodone and codeine toxicity,” according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
His manner of death was accidental, an autopsy report indicated.
Chicago police said they were called to assist federal and state agents who were at a private terminal at the airport to meet an arriving jet carrying Higgins and his entourage that was suspected to contain “a large amount of narcotics.”
“During the investigation, a 21-year-old male suffered a medical emergency, causing him to have a seizure,” a statement from the medical examiner said, in part. “The report indicates that a Homeland Security Officer administrated Narcan to the victim.”
Juice Wrld, named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, was subsequently taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where he was pronounced dead.
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