Earlier this month, the hip-hop community was surprised when the news of Juice WRLD's death reached the press. It does not mark one, but the fourth time in the last 2 years that a rising star in the community lost its life too soon, after the death of Lil Peep in 2017, XXXTentacion, Mac Miller and Juice WRLD.
According to a Billboard report, Juice Wrld moved from position 58 in the Billboard Artist 100 until December 21, which meant it was the best musical act for two weeks in a row. As previously reported, he died at the Chicago airport on December 8.
Earlier this year, Juice WRLD's name reached the top of Artist 100 on March 23, with its second long-running record, Death Race for Love, That was the first time he got a number one album on the Billboard list.
As most know, the death of artists, although quite tragic, generally leads to a massive increase in sales, as well as an appreciation by artists. Some of the other names in the industry that experienced a jump in popularity are XXXTentacion, who died in June 2018, Tom Petty from October of the previous year, as well as Prince and David Bowie in 2016.
Big record sales or not, it has been two difficult years for hip-hop and rap fans, particularly for the SoundCloud rap movement, often described as "emo-trap." The style, headed by Juice WRLD, Lil & # 39; Peep, XXXTentaction, and Trippie Redd, among others, has lost several of its most important names.
In addition, the relationship between the opioid epidemic and the death of several of the aforementioned stars has only shed light on the growing severity of the problem.
However, the death of Mac Miller, whose musical style was different from the other artists mentioned above, was possibly the most reported, due to his relationship with Ariana Grande, who is one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
Juice WRLD was commemorated by several stars after his death, including Nicki Minaj, among many others.