Juice Wrld's 2018 Song 'Legends' Referenced Dying at Age 21
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Juice Wrld is leaving behind a musical legacy.
The up-and-coming rapper died on Sunday after suffering a seizure at Chicago's Midway airport, according to TMZ. He was 21.
Over the course of his career, Juice Wrld released two studio albums, Goodbye and Good Riddance and Death Race for Love, and multiple EPs. It's an eerie lyric in his 2018 song, "Legends," off his EP, Too Soon.., that fans are connecting to his death.
"What's the 27 Club? We ain't making it past 21," Juice Wrld says in the track. "I been going through paranoia, so I always gotta keep a gun. Damn, that’s the world we live in now. Yeah, hold on, just hear me out. They tell me I’mma be a legend. I don’t want that title now 'cause all the legends seem to die out."
Juice Wrld celebrated his 21st birthday last Monday. "Legends," as well as the EP Too Soon.., are inspired by the deaths of Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, who died in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
"It was just kind of like my two cents on stuff that has been happening recently," Juice Wrld explained in an interview with New York radio station Z100 last year. "You know, rest in peace to Jahseh [XXXTentacion]. We weren't close friends, I'm not going to lie. You know, a lot of people lie on people that are dead, like, 'That was homie. That was my close friend.' No, like we had probably like three or four deep conversations, and I don't even think we saw eye-to-eye, but no matter what, from his point-of-view, he was giving me good advice, and he was always positive, and I have to respect that."
"He's one of the best artists to walk this earth. And then, same with [Lil] Peep, but I didn't know Peep at all. Just been a huge fan of his music since the start. It hit home when both of those people passed away. So, I just thought I should drop a couple songs," he added.
XXXTentacion fans have been supporting Juice Wrld's fans on social media following the artist's death.