The 19-year old Chicago native Juice WRLD is this month’s ‘One To Watch’ artist and his latest single ‘Lucid Dreams’ is taking over the music charts.


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According to Spotify’s Head of Urban Music, Carl Chery, he defines Juice WRLD as the summer’s breakout star.  Carl explains, “His rise was one of the quickest in recent memory but his music has proven to have staying power.  His knack for melodies and his willingness to be vulnerable on songs like ‘Lucid Dreams’ connected with his audience in a real way.”  ‘Lucid Dreams’ was not only number 4 on ‘Spotify’s Top Global Songs of Summer 2018’ chart but it was also number 2 on ‘Spotify’s Top U.S. Songs of Summer’ 2018 chart.


In an interview with Billboard, Juice explains that he wrote the song in his family room during his senior year in high school.  Billboard explains, “He began with the chorus, then moved on to a verse and continued writing pieces until he assembled them together like a puzzle” and get this – it only took Juice 20 minutes to record the song!  Juice says, “It wasn’t rushed.  I remember it was storming pretty bad that day … I think the power almost went out or something, it was crazy.”  The song also samples Sting’s ‘Shape of My Heart.’


And what exactly does ‘Lucid Dreams’ mean? “Lucid dreaming is dreaming but you being aware that you’re doing it.  I feel as though if you’re able to control your dreams you have more power and control over your mind, like you could reach more areas of your mind.  Therefore, I feel like it creates the ability for you to achieve more things in reality,” explains Juice.


You can find ‘Lucid Dreams’ off of Juice’s debut studio album ‘Goodbye & Good Riddance.’




In a new interview with NME, Juice WRLD talks about his new record ‘Lucid Dreams’ and his rising success.


NME: Your single ‘Lucid Dreams’ had a bit of a surprise rush on the Billboard charts. What was it like watching that all pan out?

JW: “It’s surreal! Beforehand, I didn’t even know too much about stats, or charts, or anything like that. I see artists on there, and I’d think, ‘Wow, I want to be on there one day.’ Next thing I know [snaps fingers] I’m on it. Like, ‘Wow – is this real?!’ It’s like a crazy film. It’s a blessing.”


NME: Was it a surprise to you, too then?

JW: “Yeah, for sure. When 2018 started, everything just took off. That’s the only way I can describe it – it’s like a rollercoaster, and instead of it slowing down, it’s just getting faster, and faster, and faster…

My manager told me stuff was about to crazy, but y’know – I was just doing what I always was, and then stuff just got insane. I’ve been dealing with it well because I haven’t really been thinking about it. I’ve just been going and going – I haven’t really taken time to stop and think about everything that’s happened. So I’ve been dealing with it well, I guess!”

NME: Your music’s very honest – there’s very little bravado in songs like ‘Lucid Dreams’.

JW: “I think it’s important to add a personal aspect to your music – that’s what makes it authentic at the end of the day. I feel like that’s what a lot of people are missing, when they’re trying to make it into music. Sometimes, if it sounds good and if it reaches people’s ears, it’s gonna be a hit. But I feel like you have a better chance of reaching people if you speak from a personal standpoint. Like, Future and Drake dropped the mixtape ‘What A Time To Be Alive’, right? And it’s about rich people problems! Stuff that certain rich people go through day-to-day. Somebody who’s just starting out and still lives with their parents can’t drop a project talking about the same stuff. Maybe they can – maybe they’ll sound good, get on and really experience that – but I feel like we have a better chance of making good music if you speak from a personal standpoint. So that’s what I’ve incorporated into myself.”


To read more on the Juice WRLD’s interview with NME, click here!


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