by Kellyn Harrison
From a statement released on Jan. 23, Juice Wrld’s, birth name Jarrad Higgins, agency and family revealed plans for his unreleased music. It was determined thousands of songs are ready to be released along with an album he postponed in Dec. The statement reads:
“From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank each and every one of you for your undivided adoration and love for Juice. You guys meant the entire world to Juice and by listening to his music, watching his videos and sharing your stories about him, you are keeping his memory alive forever. We plan to honor Juice’s talents, his spirit, and the love he felt for his fans by sharing unreleased music and other projects that he was passionately in the process of developing. There will be a public tribute in Chicago, details will be shared soon.”
Higgins, who grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, passed away after suffering a seizure on Dec. 8, six days after his 21st birthday, at the Chicago Midway Airport. It was determined on Jan. 22 by the Cook County medical examiner’s office the cause of death was an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine. It was no secret that Higgins had struggled with drug abuse, as he talked about his struggle on social media and in media interviews.
“Me talking about certain things can help somebody else through what they are going through, as well as me trying to figure it out myself,” Higgins said in an interview with Genius as part of McDonald’s Beat of My City campaign.
“There’s other issues to talk about other than heartbreak. You got anxiety. You got substance abuse. There’s just a lot of issues in the world to talk about...Music is such a beautiful thing.”
Higgin’s music career started after receiving millions of streams on SoundCloud. Eventually he landed a 3-million-dollar deal with Interscope Records and rose to fame with “Lucid Dreams” in 2018. The single peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100. However, the track is currently under fire by the band Yellowcard for copyright infringement. The artist Sting currently owns 85% of the track because it contains a reworked sample of his 1993 track “Shape of my Heart”.
“Lost millions made millions...the song impacted to many people in a good way for me to be upset over it. There’s always more money to be made and I will make it so,” said the late rapper about the lawsuit.