Jarad Higgins is an American rapper from Calumet Park, Illinois. He was born on December 2, 1998, but you may not know this artist by his actual name. He is more popularly known as Juice WRLD. Even though Juice is known to be a rapper, he is actually also a good singer and songwriter.
In 1999, he moved to Homewood, Illinois, and attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School there. By the age of three, Juice's parents were divorced. His father left, leaving his mother to raise him as a single mother alongside one older brother. In fact, Juice’s mother was a very religious and conservative lady. She did not let Juice listen to hip hop though allowing him to listen to rock and pop music. In his teen years, he found more music through playing video games such as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Guitar Hero. These video games introduced Juice to artists such as Billy Idol, Blink 182, Black Sabbath, Fall Out Boy, Megadeth, and Panic at the Disco.
Juice first learned to play the piano at four years old. He was inspired by his mother who later began paying for lessons, followed by guitar and drums. He also played the trumpet for band class. It was only in Juice’s sophomore year of high school that he began to take rapping seriously. His first track, "Forever", was released on SoundCloud in 2015. At that time he used the name JuicetheKidd, a name inspired by his affection for rapper Tupac Shakur and his part in the film Juice. Juice recorded a majority of his first tracks on a cellphone and uploading them to SoundCloud in his sophomore year. His name changed from JuicetheKidd to Juice Wrld because it "represents taking over the world.”
Higgins aka Juice was a heavy drug user during his childhood and teens. He began drinking lean or also known as Purple Drank in 6th grade. In 2013, he was hooked on using Percocets and Xanax in 2013. Higgins also smoked cigarettes but he quit cigarettes in his last year of high school due to health issues. Today, he still and only smoke marijuana.
In mid-2017, Juice began to receive attention from artists such as Waka Flocka Flame and Southside, as well as fellow Chicago artists G Herbo and Lil Bibby. He joined the latter's co-owned record label, Grade A Productions shortly. Juice later on signed to Internet Money Records then subsequently signed to Interscope on March 13, 2018. He started to be more popular in mainstream music after the release of the single “Lucid Dreams” in 2018. This single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
However, Juice first gained major popularity from his track “All Girls Are The Same”. It gained even more recognition when popular director Cole Bennett made a music video for it.
Juice is often compared to fellow rapper Post Malone for his similar sounding voice and style. In an interview with No Jumper, Juice mentioned that his favorite artist is Chief Keef and his favorite album is Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreaks.
Juice says that his musical influences as being genre-wide going from rock music to rap music. Higgins stated that his biggest influences are rappers Chief Keef, Travis Scott, Kanye West, and British rock singer Billy Idol. His other influences include Wu-Tang Clan, Fall Out Boy, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Tupac, and Eminem.Higgins music has been branded as "emo" and "rock" leaning, "genre-bending" with music focusing on having an "every broken heart, every wounded feeling.”
As of today, Juice has released the albums: Goodbye & Good Riddance (2018) & Death Race for Love (2019)
"Lucid Dreams" was officially released as a single and given a video in May 2018. Since its official release, the single has peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Lucid Dreams” quickly became one of the biggest streaming songs of 2018.
Juice released his first studio album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, on May 23, 2018. On June 19, 2018, he released a two-song EP, Too Soon… The EP was in remembrance of and dedicated to deceased rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. XXXTentacion was killed in a homicide case relating to a robbery a day earlier. The song "Legends" from the EP charted under its debut at number 65.
Due to a Google Drive hack, many of Juice WRLD's unreleased songs had been extensively circulating in August 2018. One particularly significant leak ("In My Head") revealed a collaboration with The Chainsmokers. Over 100 leaked songs are in circulation currently.
Higgins's first single as Juice WRLD featuring Lil Uzi Vert was released on July 10, 2018, titled "Wasted". The song was added to Goodbye & Good Riddance and debuted at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The next day, Higgins announced he was working on his next album.
Following the leaks, Higgins' producer Danny Wolf released "Motions" on SoundCloud. This gave the song an official release. And, on July 20, 2018, Higgins announced his first tour, "WRLD Domination" with additional acts by YBN Cordae and Lil Mosey.
Higgins was featured on Travis Scott's Astroworld featuring on the song "No Bystanders". The song peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. On August 8, 2018, Juice had his first late-night television debut performing the song "Lucid Dreams" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
On October 15, 2018, the music video for the song "Armed & Dangerous" was released. On the same day, the lead single for the collaboration album Wrld On Drugs with Future called "Fine China" was released. Epic Records released Higgin’s second mixtape (Wrld on Drugs) on October 19, 2018. Juice also contributed to the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
In December, Ski Mask the Slump God confirmed that he and Juice will release a joint mixtape called Evil Twins in 2019. The pair also announced a 2019 tour featuring 30 concerts across North America.
Later in February, Juice announced that his second studio album, Death Race for Love, would be released on March 8, 2019. In just one year's time, it looks like Juice is nearing superstar territory because he is expected to move up to 165K copies of the album in its first week of release.
He then embarked on The Nicki Wrld Tour, alongside Nicki Minaj. However, there have been reports that the pair were plagued with difficulties for their world tour. They had to cancel a couple of their Europe tours due to technical issues at the venues.