Juice WRLD’s second album plays it safe, falls flat

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Emo-rap is the new biggest trend in hip-hop, but it’s taken some big hits recently. With the deaths of Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, it was a huge hit. The two biggest rappers in the emo-rap genre were suddenly gone with no one to take their place, except for Juice WRLD. Juice WRLD’s latest album “Death Race For Love” is a 72-minute journey trying to pick up where X and Peep left off, and I feel it did that in the most boring way possible.

Juice WRLD’s hit single “Lucid Dreams” is sort of the emo-rap anthem and was huge for his career. He seems to want to keep riding that wave on this new album. This album is in no way offensive to my ears, but it isn’t challenging, provocative or experimental in any way. This album feels like he took the formula off of “lucid dreams” and just repeated it ad nauseam. Many of these tracks feel like a beat switch of “Lucid Dreams” with some different lyrics. And these lyrics are a little overdramatic for me.

Cringe-worthy lyrics like “My world revolves around a black hole. The same black hole that’s in place of my soul” plague the album. Almost all of the lyrics revolve around his heartbreaks and sadness, which in turn lead him to drugs and things of that nature. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t for the fact that this record is 72 whole minutes of it.

He occasionally tries to break up the monotony with songs like “Syphilis” or “On God,” but it just doesn’t quite work on these because he feels out of his element. This album’s tracklist is just too bloated for my taste. If it wasn’t 72-minutes long, it might work for me. A few hooks and samplings of guitar and piano on this record are quite enjoyable, but it’s not worth sifting through all of the other tracks for a few slightly different tracks on this record. I wish it was just more experimental in its production or a tiny bit more outgoing in its themes. It overall just comes off as copy and paste emo-rap with an occasional gem in the instrumentals.