“It was heartbreaking about Juice,” he said. “Still to this day, I’m heartbroken. Rest in peace to Juice WRLD. He’s a great artist. He had so much more to do.”
Last December, Juice died in Chicago’s Midway International Airport. He suffered from a seizure after reportedly ingesting multiple pills. The “Lucid Dreams” rapper had a longstanding battle with drugs and often spoke about it in his music.
In a 2018 interview with Vulture, Juice spoke about how Future reacted when he told him that his music inspired him to try lean as a teenager.
“That’s the first thing I told [Future],” Juice said. “He just was like, ‘Wow.’ He kind of apologized.”
Future tells XXL that he never intended for Juice or anyone else to try drugs. He also said that he is not the first artist to reference drug usage in his music.
“It was so many people that came before me that talked about drugs from rock ‘n’ roll stars to pop stars to people aware of other artists going to rehabs and aware of other artists’ overdose and there is so many other people that was a part of this world way before me,” he said.
He continued, “It’s just like, I probably shedded more light on it and brought more attention to it from my cadence or my charisma ... Me having an influence on that, I just feel like...that is not my intentions. My intention was just to be me ... I wouldn’t want no one to go through anything to harm theyself or to bring death to theyself and Juice WRLD is a touchy situation. I’m heartbroken by the whole thing. My heart goes out to his family, his mom.”