Nearly three years after budding hip-hop superstar Juice WRLD died of an accidental drug overdose at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, fans and friends have gathered online to celebrate the late rapper’s 24th birthday.
“Happy Birthday Juice WRLD!!” Lil Bibby, former manager and record executive of Grade A Productions tweeted.
“Greatest thing to ever do,” he added in a separate tweet. “RIP Juice WRLD!!”
“Happy Birthday to one of the most loving and generous souls I have ever met,” producer and frequent collaborator DJ SCHEME interfered. “@JuiceWorlddd I miss you so much little one.”
The Kid Laroi – who released several tracks with Juice WRLD, including 2020’s “GO!” – took to Instagram with a touching message of his own.
“Happy Birthday Bro. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how grateful I am to have met you,” he wrote, adding a picture of the two in a recording studio.
“Thank you for changing my life [and] Millions of others,” the “Stay” singer continued. “There will never be a you again.”
Born Jarad Higgins on December 2, 1998 in Chicago, Juice WRLD experienced massive musical success during his tragically shortened career, garnering numerous RIAA-certified platinum records and building a loyal fan base along the way.
After his debut album Goodbye Goodbye in 2018 and the critically acclaimed death race for love In 2019, fans were graced with two posthumous albums: legends never die in 2020 and fight against demons on December 10, 2021.
Last year, Juice WRLD was Spotify’s third most streamed artist in the United States, behind megastars Drake and Taylor Swift.
The “Lucid Dreams” rapper was also the subject of a recent HBO documentary titled Juice WRLD: Into the abyss.
Hailed as one of the finest and most prolific freestyle rappers in hip-hop history, Juice WRLD’s legacy has been honored on several occasions, most notably during the first annual Juice WRLD Day, held last December at the United Center in Chicago .
This year’s Juice WRLD Day celebration is scheduled for December 8th.
Carmela Wallace, mother of Juice WRLD, also announced plans to open a new brewery and restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Homewood to honor the late rapper, according to a recent report by ABC Chicago 7.
“Jarad loved Homewood,” Wallace said. “After he became famous, he returned to Homewood until too many people came to my house. But he always came home, so it’s special.”
Special, along with its many synonyms, is a word often used to describe Juice WRLD, his musical ability, and his impact on fans.
“Happy 24th Birthday to the Legendary #JuiceWRLD,” rap outlet Our Generation Music tweeted early Friday. “They changed the game on so many levels. Her influence is immeasurable to this day.”
“Happy Birthday Juice WRLD”, music website Pigeons & Planes echoed. “He touched so many people in such a short time. RIP.”
news week reached out to Grade A Productions for comment.
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