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Album Review: Death Race For Love

April 4, 2019


Graphic by Kaitlyn Biri

Chicago rapper Juice WRLD’s third discographical installment, Death Race For Love, has asserted its value at the top of the charts over the last three weeks since its release on March 8.

Although Juice WRLD is often overlooked as an upcoming artist, the release of his 2018 projects Goodbye & Good Riddance and collaborative album WRLD on Drugs with Future display the young artist’s ability to produce hits consistently.

By shining light on Juice’s artistic prowess, the project allowed the “Lucid Dreams” emo-rap artist to prove himself as more than just a one hit wonder.

With a whopping 22 tracks present on the album, Juice WRLD provided various musical experiences for his listeners, for better or for worse. In the eyes of a fan, the release of more music is always the preferred outcome.

However, in the eyes of a critic, a high number of tracks should undoubtedly yield more diversity and features throughout the album. In this case, several tracks, sadly, do not contribute much to the overall presence of the album and can simply be written off as fillers.

Juice WRLD, despite staying in his comfort zone for the majority of Death Race For Love, did manage to step outside of the box and experiment with new flows.

Although this exploration of musical diversity did not settle with many listeners, the songs “Big” and “Syphilis” uncover unfamiliar flows from the rapper.

Despite individual feelings on these tracks, the addition of alternative styles is a positive step for any upcoming musician’s career.

The album’s feature list only boasts a few artists with the likes of Young Thug, Brent Faiyaz, Rvssian and Clever, whose vocals on “Ring Ring” make for the most meaningful feature on the album.

The presence of these typically unheard musicians on the album makes a statement that popular names are not required for a project to be successful.

Leading singles “Robbery” and “Hear Me Calling” set the pace for the tone and tempo for the majority of the album, with the incorporation of the Juice’s infamous heartache vocals and clever rhyme schemes.

Additionally, Juice WRLD, among multiple sources, has claimed that the album was entirely freestyled, providing the listener with a raw, organic entry to the rapper’s thoughts.

Overall, Death Race For Love is an amazing addition to the upcoming rapper’s discography as he continues to assert his presence in the music scene.

Although the album undeniably helped the rapper staple his name to the game, it did have some flaws, such as the needless addition of filler tracks.

In critical theory, Death Race For Love could benefit from the absence of a few tracks, but who can really complain about surplus music?

The album accomplished many feats for the young artist, making it one of the best musical releases in 2019 so far.

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