Future & Juice WRLD Present… WRLD ON DRUGS

Listen, I’m just gonna say it right here and right now. I have many doubts regarding this project. Just the title and album cover themselves got me like “this ain’t it chief,” especially in the short aftermath of Mac Miller’s tragic passing. It’s not that it’s not true to their character though; Future has been rapping about selling and using drugs for his entire career and has also made 5-star songs while doing so. Juice WRLD, on the other hand, is young, red hot and very impressionable to his young fan base, and also frequently raps about using drugs in his music. He has said in the past that a joint project with Future would be a “dream come true” for him, and his own sound and style is undoubtedly influenced by the Atlanta crooner. Their stylistic similarities and the fact that Juice WRLD is nearly as hot as Future was in 2015 gives contextual sense to the collaborative effort. When it comes to both of these projects, it seems like an oversaturation of the market. But, despite these doubts, like always I’m going to give it a chance and see what’s really REALLY good with this project.

Scouting Report

Juice WRLD

  • Red hot 20-year old artist from Chicago. Doing huge numbers via Billboard charts after the continued success of his major label debut in May titled Goodbye & Good Riddance
  • Utilizes a melodic vocal delivery, usually coupled with autotune. Main artistic strengths are with songwriting and beat selection where he often goes the emo-trap route, similar to XXXtentacion (RIP), Lil Peep (RIP) & Trippie Redd
  • Explores themes of hopelessness, drug use, relationships and depression in his music, can be depressing to listen to at times but lyrics do hold depth and substance to them even though they can get repetitive at times
  • Best recent songs before Future & Juice WRLD Present… WRLD ON DRUGS: “Lucid Dreams,” “Lean Wit Me,” “Legends
  • Best Project before Future & Juice WRLD Present… WRLD ON DRUGSGoodbye & Good Riddance

Future

  • 2015’s Rapper of the Year has not been able to replicate his form at nearly the same consistency since he dropped DS2. Put out the same amount of music but not nearly as prolific as he was coming off of the Ciara breakup
  • Super has dropped a couple high-quality projects in the past year and some change such as Beast Mode 2 and HNDRXX, but largely sticking to the same formula and at times oversaturating the market has watered down the quality of his content
  • Still strong with his tried and true melodic delivery, but since he puts out so much music, the subject matter, melodies, and overall song structure is starting to get repetitive, still selects great instrumentals and does have some variety there though
  • Best recent songs before Future & Juice WRLD Present… WRLD ON DRUGS: “No Shame (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)“, “Nowhere,” “My Peak (feat. Chance the Rapper & King Louie)“, “Cuddle My Wrist,” “Some More
  • Best projects before Future & Juice WRLD Present… WRLD ON DRUGS: DS2, HNDRXX

Track-by-Track

As always, make sure you reference this to make sense of my scores.

  1. Jet Lag (feat. Young Scooter): Pretty average beat, nothing special. Solid verse from Scooter and decent melodies from Future & JUICE WRLD. 3.5/5
  2. Astronauts: Good beat, and decent back-and-forth between Future and Juice but again nothing extra impressive. 3/5
  3. Fine China: Juice WRLD steals the show here, excellent melodies on the hook especially but yet still nothing to ride home about. 3.5/5
  4. Red Bentley (feat. Young Thug): Best song so far, very grimy Future delivery with great ad-libs, good contribution from Thugger as well. 4/5
  5. Make it Back: Juice only song, I don’t necessarily agree with the subject matter of spending money frivolously, his family could use it once he’s gone. 3/5
  6. Oxy (feat. Lil Wayne): Great and eerie beat from Richie Souf. Not big on the whole promoting synthetic heroin thing though, forgettable verse form Wayne. 3/5
  7. 7 AM Freestyle: Future and Juice trade off throughout the song over a sadder sounding instrumental, talking drugs and flexing, show decent chemistry. 3/5
  8. Different (feat. Young Bans): Young Bans has the best flow on the song, but other than that the song is ironically not too different from the rest of the project. 3/5
  9. Shorty: Favorite song on the album hands down. Softer but great instrumental, great melodies and great chemistry between Juice and Fewtch. 4/5
  10. Realer N Realer: Good song, pretty good beat. Future and Juice play off each other’s flow and showcase chemistry throughout. 4/5
  11. No Issue: XXXtentation loop on the instrumental, nice touch to pay tribute. Juice shouts out Future’s influence; Future outshines Juice on this one. 3.5/5
  12. WRLD On Drugs: Good hook from both artists. Subject matter talks about the good and bad side of being on drugs, consciously killing themselves. 4/5
  13. Afterlife: Future only here. Good beat, 80s-esque synth. Speaks on his typical lifestyle and his influence on younger rappers, brings up good points. 3.5/5
  14. Ain’t Living Right (feat. Gunna): Best hook on the project from Juice here, subject matter talks about their vein obsessions with material things & drugs. 4/5
  15. Transformer (feat. Nicki Minaj): Manic and fast paced instrumental that fits Nicki more than it does Future. Good verse from her but nothing special otherwise. 3/5
  16. Hard Work Pays Off: Positive message from the duo here, more of an upbeat and feel good song to close out the project that showcases their growth. 4/5

Final Thoughts

The project confirmed most of my expectations. Most of this project was lukewarm; there was nothing objectively terrible about it, but most of these songs were bang average despite a few good beats and songwriting abilities of both Juice WRLD and Future. Their songwriting talent showed through on tracks like “Shorty,” and “Ain’t Living Right,” but by in large this collaborative project would’ve been better as an EP with less than half of the tracks on here. The sixteen tracks were likely a ploy to boost the streaming numbers as well as capitalize on the surprise release of the project to generate maximum hype for the release. Despite good chemistry between the artists at times, the collab did not live up to the immense Twitter hype.

FINAL SCORE: 67/100

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