Juice WRLD died in less than a week after his 21st birthday in 2019. He died of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine. Now, Juice is being compared to late Kurt Cobain in a new documentary as his memory lives on.
The HBO documentary, Juice WRLD: Into The Abyss, explores the enormous impact Juice and his legacy left on music. The film is directed by Tommy Oliver, who compiled hundreds of hours of unseen footage shot during the last two years before his death.
In an interview with Yahoo!, Oliver spoke on how Juice’s one-of-a-kind talent became deeper as he watched the clips compiled for the film.
“The truth is, I didn’t know the insane level of artistry of Juice WRLD prior to really digging in, I knew he was talented. I knew he played different instruments. But I didn’t know how unbelievable he was. I just didn’t.”
“Bill Simmons, who’s an Associate Producer on the project and was a fantastic partner throughout this, he asked me, How come nobody thinks about Juice WRLD like Kurt Cobain? And I said Because they haven’t seen the film yet.”
“People didn’t really have insight into his process or insight into how he did 10 songs in a night, nor enough context to understand how atypical that is. He was something special.”
“I think that’s one of the reasons why he popped as much as he did. He didn’t hedge. He didn’t give people just a bit of him, or a bit of who they thought, or who he thought they wanted. He gave them who he was, and he was embraced because of it.”
Oliver has high hopes that this film will breathe life into the show. He also hopes that it will prove that Juice was just as impactful to music as Kurt.
For those who are not aware, Kurt Cobain was so influential as a musician that he was considered to be the spokesman for Generation X. Now he is regarded to be one of the most influential musicians in history. Juice WRLD is being compared to one of the most influential musicians in history for a reason as well.