Death Race For Love Album Review Elijah Hanebury

Juice WRLD - Death Race For Love

 

Juice WRLD’s foray into the world of emo has truly redefined the genre as a whole, adding new aspects of depth and popularity to the trendy wave of emo rap taking the world by storm.  Created and built upon by rappers like XXXTentacion and Lil Peep, emo rap has done nothing but grow since its inception. Juice WRLD started like many other rappers, releasing tracks on Soundcloud and many other internet avenues. As he picked up steam with his single “Lucid Dreams,” Juice WRLD refused to slip into mediocrity like some of his peers. He released an album and a joint mixtape with Future, thus cementing himself as an emo rap and trap name that was here to stay.

Death Race For Love proves to be Juice WRLD’s strongest release to date. With singles like “Hear Me Calling” and “Robbery,” Juice WRLD breaks down to his most vulnerable, rocking the Billboard charts with his sad boy party anthems. The album as a whole has some very strong cuts that build upon the overall sound that Juice WRLD employs, creating songs that are easy to vibe too and to an extent, very relatable. (Especially in parts of “Ring Ring”). Death Race For Love stays true to its thematic concepts of loneliness and sadness in the wake of success in almost every track, proving Juice WRLD’s ability to create a fully developed project worthy of its merit.

While Juice WRLD can be heart-wrenchingly crooning on many of his more popular tracks, he isn’t afraid to get hard with some songs. On both “Out My Way” and “Syphilis,” Juice WRLD comes off almost cocky, ready to take on the world and any opposition now that he’s successful. These more aggressive tracks highlight Juice WRLD’s excellent production on Death Race For Love. Many beats stand out from each other, and compliment the lyrics and content of each song. My all-time favorite moment from the album is the phenomenal beat switch on “The Bees Knees” that comes out of nowhere. The song starts as this rather generic but still enjoyable trap song and turns into a ballad with a guitar driven beat accompanied by layered vocals in the background.

The album is great, but it does suffer from too long album syndrome. Running at 72 minutes and being filled with 22 songs, Juice WRLD overpacks the project with some weaker songs. Even the cut with Young Thug falls a little short, which is rather disappointing. Overall, Death Race For Love is Juice WRLD’s peak thus far, shining hope on his future. Juice WRLD has claimed that he freestyled the whole album, and if that’s the case, his talent is plain to see. I’m very excited to see where he takes his brand of emo rap next, as Death Race For Love is an enjoyable ride.