Juice WRLD, a 21-year-old Chicago rapper, died tragically in late 2019 and left the hip-hop scene saddened. Juice WRLD’s family and team have decided to release his work posthumously, as has been done with many other artists who have died in their prime. Following the economic and critical success of Legends Never Die in 2020, the next project, Fighting Demons, was released today. The album was filled with high-profile collabs, including the surprising addition of Suga from the massive K-pop boy band, BTS, as fans found when the tracklist for the album was revealed earlier this week.
Though BTS was only becoming into the mainstream in America at the time of Juice’s death, they’d already collaborated with a slew of other pop stars, so it’s not entirely surprising. Even if Suga is known for launching into a rap verse in the middle of a BTS song, like he does on “Butter,” it’s a little more left-field than some of the straight-ahead rap features on the album. For their joint song on Fighting Demons, “Girl Of My Dreams,” Suga raps his verse in Korean, adding to the wistful mood Juice has already established.