DEATH RACE FOR LOVE

Juice WRLD - DEATH RACE FOR LOVE
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #593 / 632
User Score
Based on 500 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1222
March 8, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spill Magazine

Death Race for Love is overall Juice WRLD’s greatest work and easily cements his longevity as one of hip-hop’s greatest hitmakers.

80
NME

This will be the moment that solidifies his status as one of rap’s most exciting new stars.

78
HipHopDX

Genre-blending albums 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.

70
Rolling Stone

While his melodrama tends to grow old over the course of a 22-track, 72-minute album, it is captivating in small doses.

68
Pitchfork

Throughout Death Race For Love’s 72 minutes ... Juice WRLD’s lyrics fall into two categories. Fifty percent of the lyrics are bad and the other 50 percent are also bad, but then they get stuck in your head and ultimately turn good.

65
Spectrum Culture

Higgins expands his emo rap sound to embrace a wider range of musical styles.

60
The Guardian

His second album in a year is excessively long, which smacks of flogging the emo-rap horse before it buckles.

60
The Needle Drop

Death Race for Love delivers plenty of quality emo raps before succumbing to long album syndrome.

50
Consequence of Sound

Success hasn’t been the Band-Aid Juice’s heart needed, and these new sad songs don’t quite hit the soul like previous ones did.

50
Highsnobiety

As a showcase for Juice WRLD’s ambition and his desire to expand his sound, Death Race deserves praise. But he still hasn’t figured out a way to make any of those other personas as invigorating as the heartbroken, bitter one that made him a star.

50
AllMusic

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.

40
PopMatters

The type of personality drawn in by a hyperviolent fantasy demolition derby headed up by a killer clown is likely very similar to that which most closely identifies with Juice WRLD's unfocused emotional ramblings.

25
The 405

Death Race For Love acts as a preemptive fire sale for any scrap of an idea he has. The 22 tracks across 72 minutes start off as digestible before turning so rancid, the urge to reach for the Listerine is strong by the time it all wraps up.

exception
37
No self-made rapper with an actual come up releases three major label albums less than a year after they get one big soundcloud hit. Adam22 and other culture propagandists hyped this guy up and now he's on the charts. The labels saw Lil Peep's death as a sign that there was money to be made in emo rap and it was pushed to the mainstream in the months following his death. Interscope is getting away with shit like this now and the market is totally cool with it.
BradTasteMusic
NR
first 5 songs are amazing. no joke they are incredible.

6th track is really pop and underwritten. it is boring and laughable.

picks up at Big where he does his travis Scott impression. the sound and feel of this album is great. robbery is stupidly good.there are a lot of impressions of peers on this album.

the xxx impression on syphilis is unlistenable

from track 1 to 10 it is a strong 7 to light 8

I am bored at track 12
RakkSmells
53
I wouldn't say it's as inherently bad as everyone makes it out to be, but my god there are so many tracks on here that just didn't need to exist. There are definitely some GREAT tracks here, such as [see favourite tracks], but even then that's not even half the album. I don't know, Juice WRLD's voice just gets so tiring after TWENTY TWO tracks. There are some highlights vocal-wise and production-wise here and there though.

Also people actually like Robbery? That has to easily be one of the ... read more
evancool
63
Ok. Feel free to kill me for this opinion, but it’s not really that bad compared to what other people are saying. Before I went into this, I was quite concerned about the length of the project, but after listening to all 22 tracks, it’s ok.
Some of the songs are pretty good. Flaws and Sins has a pretty good rock influence; Syphilis reminds me of the old shit that XXXTENTACION & Ski Mask used to do together; & Who Shot Cupid has an incredible vocal performance.
However ... read more
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Year End Lists

#40/Rolling Stone
#49/NME
#50/Uproxx

Track List

  1. Empty
  2. Maze
  3. HeMotions
  4. Demonz (feat. Brent Faiyaz)
  5. Fast
  6. Hear Me Calling
  7. Big
  8. Robbery
  9. Flaws and Sins
  10. Feeling
  11. Syphilis
  12. Who Shot Cupid?
  13. Ring Ring (feat. Clever)
  14. Desire
  15. Out My Way
  16. The Bees Knees
  17. ON GOD (feat. Young Thug)
  18. 10 Feet
  19. Won't Let Go
  20. She's the One
  21. Rider
  22. Make Believe
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