Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” blends the most striking qualities of punk, indie, and hip-hop.
Juice WRLD sings with the urgency and candor that makes punk a spry and evocative genre. Pair that malleable energy with the gummy melodics of alt-R&B and hip-hop, and you have one of the biggest hits of the emo-rap movement since Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3.” Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” blends the most striking qualities of punk, indie, and hip-hop, and brings them together in a potent stew with a base of authenticity and DIY spirit.
Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Juice WRLD’s rapid success comes on the back of his ability to tap into otherwise taboo emotional sentiments. The expectation is for young men in hip-hop is to come out acting hard and privileging their persona over their feelings, but Juice WRLD’s game plan is to do the exact opposite. The writing on “Lucid Dreams” echoes the vexed and harried quality of hardcore bands before Juice, bemoaning a lost love, but in the frame of hip-hop, Juice WRLD’s music stands to be a space for young men to work through their feelings and have something emotional to shout about.
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