Death Race For Love – Juice WRLD
Written by jbizzle on May 25, 2022
Death Race for Love is the second studio album by American rapper Juice Wrld.
It was released on March 8, 2019, through Grade A and Interscope Records. It follows his two 2018 projects: his solo project, Goodbye & Good Riddance, and his collaborative mixtape with Future, Wrld on Drugs.
It includes the Nick Mira-produced lead single, “Robbery”, which was released on February 13, and the Purps-produced “Hear Me Calling”, which was released on February 28, 2019.
The album features guest appearances from Brent Faiyaz, Clever, and Young Thug. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.
Death Race for Love received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 65, based on eight reviews. Thomas Hobbs of NME gave a positive review, stating “Juice WRLD is far less indulgent than XXX, not getting lost in the idea that he’s a messianic creative. This will be the moment that solidifies his status as one of rap’s most exciting new stars.” Scott Glaysher of HipHopDX said, “Genre-blending albums (no matter how commonplace they might be these days) are not easy to pull off and for that, Juice WRLD should be given credit. From the seemingly sincere lyrics to the equally candid delivery, Juice truly goes with his gut in whichever way (rap, sing, hum, sob).” Danny Schwartz of Rolling Stone saying “Death Race succeeded in its most fundamental mission, which was to prove that “Lucid Dreams” was not a fluke. Songs like “Fast”, “Ring”, “Hear Me Calling” strike a dynamic balance of raw charisma and profound anxiety. … While his melodrama tends to grow old over the course of a 22-track, 72-minute album, it is captivating in small doses. Pitchfork‘s Alphonse Pierre wrote, “Fifty percent of the lyrics are bad (“Back on my bullshit, devil emoji”) and the other 50 percent are also bad, but then they get stuck in your head and ultimately turn good (“Tell me your darkest secret shit you wouldn’t even tell Jesus”). … Death Race For Love feels like the real Juice WRLD, wearing his influences and heart on his sleeve, putting his ups and downs into the music in real time.”
In a mixed review, The Guardian‘s Kate Hutchinson stated: “It’s slim on features (only Young Thug, Clever, and Brent Faiyaz) but big on misanthropic head-nodders that put Juice’s Fall Out Boy-style whine or raspy flow to the fore: he is more versatile than his peers and also more gifted. … But ultimately, the suicide references of songs such as Empty and casual misogyny in the tauntingly violent Syphilis leave an uncomfortable taste.” PopMatters critic Mike Schiller said, “The ratio of bangers to duds, however, is not great, and Death Race for Love feels an awful lot like an unabridged teenage diary; while the occasional clever turn of phrase and moment of profundity is sure to bubble up, most of it is simple self-indulgence, an onslaught of pure emotion whose sincerity is never in question, but all of which starts to blur together after a mere few pages or songs.”