Name: Jarad Anthony Higgins
Birthday: December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019
Jarad Anthony Higgins known professionally as Juice WRLD (pronounced “Juice World”), was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was best known for his hit singles “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams” which helped him gain a recording contract with Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions and Interscope Records.
Jarad Higgins was born on December 2, 1998, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1999, he moved to Homewood, Illinois, and attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Higgins’ parents divorced when he was three years old and his father left, leaving his mother to raise him as a single mother alongside one older brother. Higgins’ mother was very religious and conservative, not letting Higgins listen to hip hop, though allowing Higgins to listen to rock and pop music he found on video games such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Guitar Hero, introducing Higgins to artists such as Billy Idol, Blink-182, Black Sabbath, Fall Out Boy, Megadeth, and Panic! at the Disco.
Higgins was a heavy drug user during his childhood and teens. He began drinking lean in sixth grade and using percocets and xanax in 2013. Higgins also smoked cigarettes, quitting in his last year of high school due to health issues.
He first learned to play the piano at four years old, having been inspired by his mother who later began paying for lessons, followed by guitar and drums. Higgins also played trumpet for band class. In his sophomore year of high school, he started posting songs to his SoundCloud which he recorded on his cell phone. Around this time, Higgins began to take rapping more seriously.
Higgins began to develop himself as an artist in his first year of high school. His first track, “Forever”, was released on SoundCloud in 2015 under the name JuicetheKidd. Higgins recorded a majority of his first tracks on a cellphone, uploading them to SoundCloud in his sophomore year. His name changed from JuicetheKidd, a name inspired by his affection for rapper Tupac Shakur and his part in the film Juice, to Juice Wrld because it “represents taking over the world.”
His first track produced by his last producer Nick Mira, “Too Much Cash”, was released in 2017. While releasing projects and songs on SoundCloud, Higgins worked in a factory, but was fired within two weeks after finding himself dissatisfied with the job. After joining the internet collective Internet Money, Higgins released his debut full-length EP, 9 9 9, on June 15, 2017, with the song “Lucid Dreams” breaking out and growing his following.
In mid-2017, the artist 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 subsequently signed with the latter’s co-owned record label, Grade A Productions.
In December 2017, Higgins released the three-song EP Nothings Different. It was featured on numerous hip-hop blogs, such as Lyrical Lemonade, which helped Higgins’s track “All Girls Are the Same” gain popularity. In February 2018, a music video directed by Cole Bennett was released. Following the video’s release, Higgins was signed to Interscope Records for $3,000,000 and a remix featuring Lil Uzi Vert was previewed. “All Girls Are the Same” was critically praised, receiving a “Best New Music” designation from Pitchfork. This song and “Lucid Dreams” were Higgins’s first entries on a Billboard chart, debuting at number 92 and 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.
In May 2018, “Lucid Dreams” was officially released as a single and given a video. It then went on to peak at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and quickly became one of the biggest streaming songs of 2018. Higgins released his first studio album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, on May 23, 2018. On June 19, 2018, he released a two-song EP, Too Soon.., in remembrance of and dedicated to deceased rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, the latter of whom was killed in a homicide case relating to robbery a day earlier. The song “Legends” from the EP charted under its debut at number 65.
Higgins’s first single as Juice WRLD featuring a collaboration was released on July 10, 2018, titled “Wasted” featuring Lil Uzi Vert. 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 a series of leaks, Higgins’ producer Danny Wolf released “Motions” on SoundCloud, giving the song an official release. On July 20, 2018, Higgins announced his first tour, “WRLD Domination” with additional acts YBN Cordae and Lil Mosey.
Higgins was featured on Travis Scott’s Astroworld featuring on the song “No Bystanders” which peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also made his late night television debut performing the song “Lucid Dreams” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on August 8, 2018. On October 15, 2018, the music video for the song “Armed and Dangerous” was released. and the lead single for the collaboration album Wrld on Drugs with Future was also released, called “Fine China”. Wrld on Drugs, Higgins’ second mixtape and a collaborative project with Future was released on October 19, 2018, via Epic Records. He also contributed to the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
In December, Ski Mask the Slump God confirmed that he and Juice WRLD would release a joint mixtape called Evil Twins in 2019. The pair also announced a 2019 tour featuring 30 concerts across North America, before Juice Wrld announced in February that his second studio album, Death Race for Love, would be released on March 8, 2019. He then embarked on The Nicki Wrld Tour, alongside Nicki Minaj. On April 9, 2019, the music video for the song “Fast” was released. Later that year, he released other singles: “All Night”, with RM and Suga of BTS; “Hate Me”, with Ellie Goulding; “Run”; “Graduation”, with Benny Blanco; and “Bandit” with NBA YoungBoy.
Higgins had a history of drug abuse and spoke openly about his experiences. In 2019, he was living in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Alexia. The two met around the same time as when Higgins’s music career was starting to launch.
On December 8, 2019, Higgins suffered a seizure at Midway International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. According to the Chicago Police Department, Higgins was conscious and bleeding from the mouth when paramedics arrived. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died at age 21. The cause of the seizure and his death are yet to be determined.