Like the Deaths of Janis Joplin, Jimmi Hendrix & Jim Morrison, the Deaths of Hip Hop’s Juice Wrld, Lil Peep and XXXTentacion are the product of a Specific Time and Drug Culture, as Well as Deeper Social Concern.
One day, we will likely speak about the spate of deaths that has plagued the rap industry since late 2017 the same way we do now about the murders of Tupac, Biggie Smalls and Big L in the late ‘90s.
Mac Miller’s overdose, Nipsey Hussle’s murder in front of his own store, and the slow, lean-induced demise of Fredo Santana were each devastating losses. The most troubling development, though, has been the emerging trend of rappers dying as soon as they reach the legal drinking age. Over the weekend, emerging superstar Juice WRLD became the latest rapper aged 20 or 21 to die in the last two years. The “21 Club” is real. The question is: What are we going to do about it?
Juice WRLD‘s family has broken their silence following his tragic death over the weekend.
The rapper’s mother, Carmella Wallace, gave a statement to TMZ on Thursday, explaining that her son — whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins — battled with a drug addiction, and that the family was learning to cope with the loss.
“We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short. As he often addressed in his music and to his fans, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency,” the mother said in a statement.
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She added, “Addiction knows no boundaries and its impact goes way beyond the person fighting it. Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction.”