Juice Wrld and Lil Durk come through on a track titled Nascar. Juice WRLD is a 19-year-old sing-rapper from a Chicago suburb who is basically transforming into a pop star in front of our eyes. A few weeks ago, he released Goodbye & Good Riddance, his first album, which debuted in the top 10.
The album actually climbed a couple of spots this week, suggesting that it’ll be one of those albums that hangs around the top 10, Post Malone-style, for months at a time. This week, his single “Lucid Dreams” crept its way into the pop top 10, a level of crossover success that few SoundCloud rappers have achieved.
It’s an oddly pretty song about taking pills and contemplating your own death, all because some girl did you wrong. He sounds lost and broken and sensitive, and his lyrics are pure spiteful-ass early-’00s emo: “I was tangled up in your drastic ways / Who knew evil girls had the prettiest face?”
Goodbye & Good Riddance basically blows “Lucid Dreams” out to concept-album length. The whole album is about feeling romantically dejected or about doing whatever drugs you can find so that you feel numb rather than romantically dejected. The album’s cover is a crude cartoon drawing of Juice WRLD driving off, flipping a middle finger in the air, and leaving a woman in his literal dust.