988. Juice Wrld’s “Goodbye & Good Riddance.”

Chicago Rapper, Juice Wrld

Another of Chicago’s SoundCloud rappers, thus named because they self-published on SoundCloud gaining a following on their own terms before securing recording company deals. Juice Wrld’s unique take on content has been dubbed Emo Rap. Kind of like The Cure’s Disintegration but for the rap teens.

Goodbye & Good Riddance

Sometimes music matches a mood. The music from this album is fairly laid back, cool grooves, never in your face. He talks about what he’s going through, mental health, struggling with addictions, it feels more honest and genuine than most.

Eventhough I’m talking about someything that’s negative, I look at it as putting my mistakes out there for people to learn from. Juice Wrld

There’s something to be said about finding something you can relate to. That can make all the difference, just the fact there’s someone you can connect to or you feel went through something similar. I think that’s what Juice’s music does for some kids.

Sadly he passed away at 21, just 8 days after his birthday on a flight from LA to Chi-town, he was suffering from an accidental overdoes of Oxycodone and Codeine. Jarad Anthony Higgins, Juice Wrld, gone too soon but he left behind some music that people can relate to, and that is a gift.

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