The rapper known as Juice WRLD had a short but meteoric career, rising to prominence in 2016. He was open about his struggles with addiction, which ultimately cost him his life in 2019 at the age of 21. Though his time in hip hop was brief, he was considered one of the promising young rappers in the industry, as these 25 tracks show.
1. Lucid Dreams
Lucid Dreams was undoubtedly Juice WRLD’s first major hit, climbing to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018. The song, which heavily samples Shape Of My Heart by Sting, became one of the most-streamed tracks on Spotify. The rapper later said he composed the song as a therapeutic exercise after several failed relationships. It is widely considered one of his signature tracks.
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Graduation was released in 2019, a collaboration with Benny Blanco that samples Vitamin C’s 2000 hit.
We all dream about telling off all our high school bullies, and Juice WRLD got his chance in this track. The song also made waves for its star-studded music video, which featured actors such as Kaitlin Dever, Olivia Munn, Noah Cyrus, and Hailee Steinfeld.
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3. My Fault
Juice WRLD was no stranger to aggressive, high-energy diss tracks, but he also had many softer songs. 2017’s My Fault is a regretful self-examination wherein the rapper thinks back on a relationship and realizes the roles that he and his ex played in its demise.
It’s a surprisingly gentle and vulnerable track, one that helped fans see that there were emotional layers to his music that they might not have noticed before.
4. Used To
Used To is the next stage in Juice WRLD’s saga of a broken heart, a point in which he is finally moving beyond despair to numbness. This comes through in his subdued delivery, which features a dampened energy that strikes a contrast to most of his work.
He has also come to realize the part he played in their breakup and the ways he hurt his ex. Though the pain has lessened, he continues to cope with drugs.
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Cigarettes languished in production for several years before finally being released in 2022 on Juice WRLD’s extended posthumous album, Fighting Demons.
It wasn’t the first time fans had heard it, though—it was first leaked in late 2018, earning popularity before its official release. The song, an underrated gem in his discography, features the rapper’s thoughts on dealing with loneliness through substances.
Demons are referenced regularly in Juice WRLD’s songs, most notably in the 2020 single Conversations. The track opens with the line “The devil hit my phone, he wanna talk,” a reference to the rapper’s struggles with drug and alcohol abuse.
This theme continues as he lists the ways that he deals with the demons who are attempting to disquiet his mind: luxury brands, spending money, and drugs. He also pays tribute to his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, who he credited as helping steady him.
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7. Lean Wit Me
Juice WRLD was never shy about his struggles with drug addiction, a topic he explored in the single Lean Wit Me, which was featured on his debut album. The song was intended as a declaration of solidarity with others experiencing the same issues with substance abuse.
Arranged over a sample of Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It by Dem Franchize Boyz, the track alternates between rap and singing from Juice WRLD himself. The accompanying music video depicted the rapper’s struggles with addiction and ended with a message from the National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Hotline.
8. Hear Me Calling
The 2019 release Hear Me Calling is an upbeat track about finding your soulmate and hoping that they will heal your pain. It’s another highly vulnerable song, but one that is happy and optimistic rather than melancholy.
In this one, Juice WRLD shares all the excitement he feels at the start of a new relationship and the hope that this is finally the one. It might not be a typical topic for hip hop, but it’s certainly a relatable one.
9. Wishing Well
Wishing Well was released in 2020, a grim but hopeful track about drug use and turning your life around. In it, Juice WRLD describes how he feels trapped in a cycle of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression, one that he desperately wants to escape.
A sliver of hope runs through the song as he looks forward to getting clean to make his mother and fans proud. However, a reference to Percocet, one of the drugs that would lead to his death, is now considered uncannily prophetic.
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10. Hate The Other Side
Hate The Other Side was Juice WRLD’s second collaboration with EDM artist Marshmello, a haunting but upbeat track that also features Polo G and the Kid Laroi. The song is a contrast of themes and voices, with lyrics about trying to find the balance between love and violence and falling into repeating cycles of both. It debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, a major success.
11. All Girls Are The Same
Heartbreak and dysfunctional relationships play no small role in Juice WRLD’s discography, and one of the biggest was 2018’s All Girls Are The Same. The surprisingly gentle track climbed to the Top 40 in no time as fans responded to the rapper’s feelings of bitterness after a series of failed relationships.
As with many of his songs, this references his alcohol addiction, his typical response to trying to cope with the breakdown of relationships.
Juice WRLD got the chance of a lifetime when he had the chance to contribute to the soundtrack of 2018’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. The result was Hide, a pumping single that swaps out his usual instrumentals for guitars. It was a collaboration with Seezyn and includes the rapper’s typical themes of romance, unrequited love, failed relationships, and shooting your shot.
13. Fine China
Fine China saw Juice WRLD teaming up with Future in just one track on the duo’s collaborative mixtape, Wrld On Drugs. The song uses elements of trap music in an upbeat, peppy tribute to an unnamed woman. The rappers compare her to fine china and describe her beauty. It was the subject of some controversy due to a lyric about wanting to kill the woman if she tried to end the relationship.
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Juice WRLD’s music frequently addressed his struggles with substance abuse, particularly his regrets of using drugs and alcohol to cope with heartbreak and frustration. Wasted, a collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, returns to this topic, describing a codependent relationship between two people under the influence of drugs. Whenever they try to break out of the relationship, one of them relapses, starting the cycle anew.
In some ways, Burn seems to be a song of despair as Juice WRLD reflects on his addiction and wonders if he was cursed from birth to be a slave to drugs. In his quest for truth, he realizes that fame and money cannot solve these problems and he has to look within himself. Sadly, it was released in 2020 after the rapper lost his battle with addiction, making it seem, as with many of his other tracks, like an omen.
Legends took on an eerily prophetic tone in the wake of Juice WRLD’s death in 2019. In the song, he references the superstition of the 27 Club—the urban legend that musicians are likely to die at that age—and says “We ain’t making it past 21.”
The lyrics referred to rappers XXXTentacion and Lil Peep, who died at ages 20 and 21, respectively. The next year, Juice WRLD would die from a drug overdose only six days after his 21st birthday.
While most of Juice WRLD’s discography seems to focus on his struggles with addiction and his desire to escape the cycle of constant relapses; Moonlight takes things in a different direction.
A jumping, rhythmic love song, the track is a declaration to a woman as the rapper expresses his feelings and devotion for her. The title comes from his promises that he would fight for her in a moonlit street brawl if need be.
Juice WRLD released Fast on his second studio album in 2019. The song is a reflection on the rapid changes in his life since he became widely known as a rapper and how it seems as though the world is moving at a breakneck pace. Though most of us will never achieve similar fame, we can likely relate to the feeling that things change faster than we feel comfortable with.
The 2019 release, Robbery, was one of Juice WRLD’s major successes, an emotionally-driven song about heartbreak and acceptance. It hit the charts at number 27 and became one of his most-streamed tracks on Spotify.
Sometimes described as emo rap, the melancholy song compares a failed relationship with being the victim of a robbery. As is a regular theme in his tracks, the rapper also describes how he dealt with the pain of loss by numbing it with alcohol.
20. Wandered To LA
Juice WRLD had some amazing collaborations during his short career, one of which was Wandered To LA with Justin Bieber. The song was in the works for nearly three years before it was finally released; the rapper previewed it on social media as a solo track in 2018.
It wouldn’t drop until 2021, on what would have been Juice’s 23rd birthday. The song contrasts Bieber’s smooth, jazzy vocals with the rapper’s punchy verses in a result that is a pleasure to hear.
21. Come & Go
Juice WRLD’s collaboration with Marshmello wouldn’t be released until July 2020, seven months after his death. It was included on his posthumous album Legends Never Die and debuted at number two on the charts, one of his most significant successes.
The track combined Marshmello’s EDM style with hip hop in an energetic, thumping song about wanting to turn your life around. It earned widespread praise from critics, and Marshmello publicly praised his time working with the rapper, calling him extremely talented.
Bandit saw Juice WRLD teaming up with Young Boy Never Broke Again in what would be the last single of his career. Released in October 2019 just two months before the rapper’s death, the boastful duet asks what the definition of a bandit is; Juice WRLD concludes that his ability to steal women’s hearts fulfills that definition. The upbeat track was a hit, debuting at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
23. Autograph (On My Line)
Autograph (On My Line) is one of Juice WRLD’s earlier releases, dropping in the summer of 2017. It features the rapper at his most aggressive and blusterous, denouncing all the haters who didn’t believe in him while boasting of his success.
Nevertheless, the track also makes it clear that, despite his hard-hitting exterior, he always cared deeply about how people perceived him, both before and after he made it big.
Sometimes is a brooding track reflecting on the rapper’s struggles with substance abuse and his thoughts whenever he fell back into using. The song was recorded on December 2, 2019, his 21st birthday.
Just six days later, Juice WRLD was dead from a drug overdose. The track wasn’t officially released until March 2022 on his posthumous album Fighting Demons—though an early version was leaked in 2020 mere months after his death.
25. Rich And Blind
Juice WRLD was deeply affected by the deaths of rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, both of whom he knew. They died in 2017 and 2018, respectively, each in their early twenties. Juice WRLD, who was roughly the same age, was shaken by their sudden deaths—particularly XXXTentacion, a close friend who was murdered. In the wake of the second death, he released Rich And Blind, a meditation on loss, safety, and mortality.
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