All the young whipper snappers of the world are saying Juice WRLD is a cat to pay attention to. He hasn’t really collaborated with any major players in the game yet, but has two billboard 100 hits on his resume already. With his new project titled “Goodbye & Good Riddance,” I will do a deep dive into dude’s artistry, exploring whether or not he’s capable of being here for the long run.
HONORABLE MENTION. I’LL BE FINE This is the one song on the album that isn’t about dealing with heartbreak, it’s about breaking hearts! Juice didn’t gave me the impression that he was this cold-hearted savage until this very last song on the album. In “I’ll Be Fine,” he proudly totes his gun around, sounding like a dude that is ready to go to war with anyone that isn’t with his wave. Aside from that, he talks about his struggles coming from the hood, and how that molded him into the young man he is today. If you aren’t with all the deep s**t the young Illnois rapper is talking about on his lyrics, enjoy the track for its memorable hook and explosive vibes.
5. HURT ME
I appreciate a good melody like I appreciate a good cheese-steak, and the melody attached to “Hurt Me” is equivalent to one of those cheese-steaks that has oil dripping from the bottom of it. OK, all jokes aside, “Hurt Me” was made for you to sing-a-long to from start to finish. It’s infectious, petty, and probably candid to a fault. I also think it’s radio-friendly, and has these stops in the beat that makes it a potential club hit.
4. I’M STILL
“I’m Still” is easily the most daring song on this album. On it, Juice lets loose, showcasing his vocal abilities by harmonizing his ass off over this alternative trap beat. In my opinion, his ability to plug in some audacious singing into the right places on this vulnerable song is what impresses me the most.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this song talks about bouncing back from a relationship by continuing to live recklessly. Juice’s definition of reckless is using ‘Shrooms, BTW.
3. LEAN WITH ME
Somehow Juice made me f**k with a song that reinvented Dem Franchise Boy’s silly ass “Lean With It, Rock With it” jam.
If you like “Lucid Dreams,” you will definitely like “Lean With Me.” Both songs have this lonely feel to it, but are also able to get you amped up with its bouncy vibes. However, content-wise, “Lean With Me” is a lot deeper, as Juice opens up about the many toxins he uses to overcome his issues in life. The song sorta reminds me of Kendrick’s “Swimming Pools” from back in the day, with the only difference being that Juice’s version is a lot less lyrical.
These cats are becoming drug addicts before they are even legal enough to drink. That’s sad.
2. ALL THE GIRLS ARE THE SAME
“All The Girls Are The Same” sounds like all the other s**t you hear on the radio production-wise, however, our guy Juice WRLD decided to approach the track in his own unique way on it. Correct, he gets his point across about these hoes being the same, but the way he does it feels all outerspacish and s**t, as he goes from sounding like he’s crying in a bathroom to sounding like he’s crying in the booth seamlessly.
Damnit, for the last three months I thought this was a Uzi song…
1. LUCID DREAMS
“Lucid Dreams” is the perfect break-up song. The base of the instrumental is all mushy, Juice’s words are youthfully defiant, and throughout, the young rapper shows lots of raw emotion. This song made me feel something in my heart, and it definitely wasn’t a palpitation.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. INTRO (N/A)
2. ALL THE GIRLS THE SAME (5/5)
3. LUCID DREAMS (5/5)
4. LEAN WITH ME (5/5)
5. I’M STILL (4.8/5)
6. BETRAYAL (SKIT) (N/A)
7. CANDLES (4.7/5)
8. SCARED OF LOVE (4/5)
9. USED TO (4.3/5)
10. KARMA (SKIT) (N/A)
11. HURT ME (4.8/5)
12.BLACK & WHITE (4.8/5)
13. LONG GONE (4/5)
14. END OF THE ROAD (4.1/5)
15. I’LL BE FINE (4.7/5)
No one wants to say it, but I will: Juice WRLD is a more disciplined Lil Uzi vert. He raps over similar beats as the Philly star, and has that same rebellious/rock star nature both lyrically and vocally as him. However, where they differ is in their lyrics. While both focus a lot of their music on some heartbreak s**t, I believe Juice is able to channel his emotions a little better than Uzi does, typically finding a way to dig deep into the nooks and crannies on why he feels a certain way or started spiraling downwards in his life. In other words, he tries to find a way to sound relatably vulnerable, something fans would f**k with a lot.
I’m not going to lie, I’m going to hate when the mainstream finds out about this guy. It’s bound to happen, and when it does, expect a lot less artistry from him due to the pressure all the new people in his circle will foist (Ask Nav). Until them, I will appreciate the raw emotions he shows whenever he performs, his willingness to step outside of the box lyrically, and how he blends genres together that aren’t supposed to be blended. Until he gets brain-washed, I will bump this album over and over again, and appreciate it for everything it currently is not.