Death Race for Love

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Death Race for Love
Juice Wrld - Death Race for Love.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
Recorded2018–2019[1]
Genre
Length72:04
Label
Producer
Juice Wrld chronology
Wrld on Drugs
(2018)
Death Race for Love
(2019)
Singles from Death Race for Love
  1. "Robbery"
    Released: February 13, 2019
  2. "Hear Me Calling"
    Released: February 28, 2019

Death Race for Love is the second studio album by American rapper Juice Wrld. It was released on March 8, 2019, through Grade A and Interscope Records. It follows his two 2018 projects: his solo project, Goodbye & Good Riddance, and his collaborative mixtape with Future, Wrld on Drugs. It includes the Nick Mira-produced lead single, "Robbery", which was released on February 13, and the Purps-produced "Hear Me Calling", which was released on February 28, 2019. The album features guest appearances from Brent Faiyaz, Clever, and Young Thug. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.

Promotion[edit]

Juice Wrld announced the album on Twitter, writing: "I'm losing my mind and loving every minute of it... Just in time for the drop of the album... MARCH 8th..."[3] On March 4, 2019, he revealed the official tracklist for the album.[4]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Robbery", was released on February 13, 2019. The song was produced by Nick Mira.[5][6] The album's second single, "Hear Me Calling", was released on February 28, 2019. The song was produced by Purps.[7]

Artwork and title[edit]

The album's artwork and title is inspired by the Twisted Metal series of games for the original PlayStation console.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.4/10[9]
Metacritic61/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[11]
Consequence of SoundC[12]
The Guardian3/5 stars[13]
HipHopDX3.9/5[14]
HotNewHipHop69%[15]
NME4/5 stars[16]
Pitchfork6.8/10[17]
PopMatters4/10[18]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[19]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, Death Race for Love received an average score of 61, based on 10 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10] Thomas Hobbs of NME gave a positive review, stating "Juice WRLD is far less indulgent than XXX, not getting lost in the idea that he's a messianic creative. This will be the moment that solidifies his status as one of rap's most exciting new stars."[16] Scott Glaysher of HipHopDX said, "Genre-blending albums (no matter how commonplace they might be these days) are not easy to pull off and for that, Juice WRLD should be given credit. From the seemingly sincere lyrics to the equally candid delivery, Juice truly goes with his gut in whichever way (rap, sing, hum, sob)."[14] Danny Schwartz of Rolling Stone saying "Death Race succeeded in its most fundamental mission, which was to prove that "Lucid Dreams" was not a fluke. Songs like "Fast", "Ring", "Hear Me Calling" strike a dynamic balance of raw charisma and profound anxiety. ... While his melodrama tends to grow old over the course of a 22-track, 72-minute album, it is captivating in small doses."[19] Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre wrote, "Fifty percent of the lyrics are bad ("Back on my bullshit, devil emoji") and the other 50 percent are also bad, but then they get stuck in your head and ultimately turn good ("Tell me your darkest secret shit you wouldn't even tell Jesus"). ... Death Race For Love feels like the real Juice WRLD, wearing his influences and heart on his sleeve, putting his ups and downs into the music in real time."[17]

In a mixed review, The Guardian's Kate Hutchinson stated: "It's slim on features (only Young Thug, Clever and Brent Faiyaz) but big on misanthropic head-nodders that put Juice's Fall Out Boy-style whine or raspy flow to the fore: he is more versatile than his peers and also more gifted. ... But ultimately, the suicide references of songs such as Empty and casual misogyny in the tauntingly violent Syphilis leave an uncomfortable taste."[13] PopMatters critic Mike Schiller said, "The ratio of bangers to duds, however, is not great, and Death Race for Love feels an awful lot like an unabridged teenage diary; while the occasional clever turn of phrase and moment of profundity is sure to bubble up, most of it is simple self-indulgence, an onslaught of pure emotion whose sincerity is never in question, but all of which starts to blur together after a mere few pages or songs."[18] Fred Thomas was also critical of the album in the review for AllMusic, stating "There's no shortage of highlights, but the lack of editing or focus means every song goes on a little too long and leads to another one that struggles to connect stylistically or emotionally."[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

Death Race for Love debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 165,000 album-equivalent units, of which 43,000 were pure album sales. It is Juice Wrld's first US number-one album.[20] The album moved an additional 74,000 equivalent units in its second week, remaining at number one on the Billboard 200.[21]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing adapted from iTunes and Tidal.[22][23]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Empty"
Mira4:08
2."Maze"
2:24
3."HeMotions"Hit-Boy3:07
4."Demonz (Interlude)" (featuring Brent Faiyaz)
1:35
5."Fast"3:28
6."Hear Me Calling"
Purps3:09
7."Big"
  • Higgins
  • Hollis
  • Hit-Boy
  • Corbett[a]
3:44
8."Robbery"
  • Higgins
  • Mira
Mira4:00
9."Flaws and Sins"
  • Higgins
  • Mira
Mira3:38
10."Feeling"
  • Higgins
  • Mira
3:21
11."Syphilis"
2:11
12."Who Shot Cupid?"
  • Higgins
  • Dickinson
  • Caserta
Purps3:34
13."Ring Ring" (featuring Clever)
Rvssian2:51
14."Desire"
  • Higgins
  • Dickinson
  • Caserta
Purps3:09
15."Out My Way"
  • Higgins
  • Hollis
Hit-Boy2:36
16."The Bees Knees"
5:25
17."On God" (featuring Young Thug)
  • DY
  • Rex Kudo
4:10
18."10 Feet"
  • Arin Ray
  • Camden Bench
  • Higgins
  • Ray
  • Bench
3:32
19."Won't Let Go"
  • Purps
  • Morgoth Beatz[a]
3:20
20."She's the One"
  • Higgins
  • Hollis
Hit-Boy3:08
21."Rider"
  • Higgins
  • Brandon Mandolf
Power3:12
22."Make Believe"
  • Boi-1da
  • Brown
  • Sweet[a]
2:22
Total length:72:04

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an uncredited additional producer
  • "On God" is stylized in all caps

Sample credits

  • "10 Feet" contains samples from "Who Hurt You?", performed by Daniel Caesar.
  • "Make Believe" contains samples from "Runnin'", performed by The Pharcyde, which also samples "Saudade Vem Correndo" performed by Stan Getz.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[23]

  • Max Lord – recording (tracks 1–22)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing (track 1–4, 6–22)
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (track 5)
  • Lil Bibby – mixing (track 8)
  • Jacob Richards – mixing asisstant (track 6)
  • Rashawn McLean – mixing asisstant (track 6)
  • Mike Seaberg – mixing asisstant (track 6)
  • Colin Leonard – mastering (tracks 1–22)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 8
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 76
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[29] 4
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[30] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[31] 7
French Albums (SNEP)[32] 52
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[33] 32
Irish Albums (IRMA)[34] 9
Italian Albums (FIMI)[35] 51
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[36] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[37] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 12
US Billboard 200[20] 1

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