Juice WRLD is a 20 year old rapper from Chicago, Illinois who started blowing up just about a year ago due to the release of his debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance. I personally thought it was just average, because I feel like he’s pretty much Post Malone making Lil Uzi Vert & Trippie Redd songs. He then followed it up with a VERY awkward collab tape with Future called WRLD on Drugs but now, he’s returning with his sophomore album.
It all starts off with “Empty”, where Juice vents about being lonely over a piano & clap driven instrumental. The next song “Maze” talks about losing his sanity over a somber trap beat from Boi-1da while the track “HeEmotions” talks about another day in the life of Juice WRLD over a gloomy beat from Hit-Boy. After the “Demonz” interlude, the song “Fast” talks about his new life, but it literally sounds like a Post Malone joint down to the Louis Bell & Frank Dukes instrumental.
The track “Hear Me Calling” talks about a breakup over an infectiously rhythmic Purps instrumental while the song “Big” gets boastful over a spacey Hit-Boy beat. The track “Robbery” is another breakup tune except this one feels forced & corny while the song “Flaws & Sins” talks about seeing light through the darkness over a bland beat. The track “Feeling” is pretty much a boring rehash of the opener while the song “Syphilis” is a sex ode with an eerie trap beat from Cardo.
The track “Who Shot Cupid?” details more ex-girlfriend shit with a beautiful acoustic-driven instrumental from Purps while the song “Ring Ring” is about doing drugs with a dime a dozen beat. The track “Desire” is on some stalker shit over an atmospheric Purps beat while the song “Out My Way” gets back on the braggadocious tip over an abrasive Hit-Boy beat.
“The Bees Knees” is a fiery club banger while the song “ON GOD” with Young Thug sees the 2 talking about being in their bags over some prominent hi-hats. The track “10 Feet” is a boring diatribe about being high while the song “Won’t Let Go” talks about the girl of his dreams over a Purps beat with some rubbery bass.
The track “She’s the One” is a trippy follow-up to the previous joint while the song “Rider” sees Juice telling this chick to prove her loyalty to him over a generic beat. The album then finishes off with “Make Believe”, where Juice talks about how he say this breakup coming over a Boi-1da instrumental that beautifully uses the same sample that J Dilla used on “Runnin’” by The Pharcyde.
This wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be, but it’s still a mixed bag. The production has gotten better & Juice is only as half melodramatic this time around, but it really didn’t need to be 22 tracks & 72 minutes long.