Almost a year after his tragic airport death, the rapper Juice Wrld’s first posthumous single was released on his birthday. The performer would have been 22 years old.

December 8 marked the first anniversary of Juice Wrld’s tragic death. In a celebration of his life and career, his first posthumous single, “Real Sh–“, was released on December 2, the rapper’s birthday. Juice Wrld, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, would have been 22 years old when his song produced by five-time winning BMI Songwriter of the Year, Benny Blanco, was made available to his mourning fanbase.

Blanco dedicated an Instagram post and essay to the deceased rapper that expressed admiration for his ability to perform a new song in one take. The producer wrote, “he was an absolute genius to say the least but above all he was one of the kindest and most considerate people i have ever met… he was my friend… happy birthday juice… we miss u…”

Juice Wrld was pronounced dead on December 8, 2019 after the rapper had experienced a drug-induced seizure due to swallowing a dangerous combination of oxycodone and codeine at Midway International Airport in Chicago, where police were waiting to arrest him after receiving a tip from federal agents who reported the presence of drugs and firearms among the rapper’s entourage’s luggage.

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Juice Wrld’s mother, Carmella Wallace, revealed the young music star had suffered from drug addiction from a young age that was only exacerbated by his apparent depression and anxiety.

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