It didn’t take very long for Juice WRLD to prove his talent as a musician and become one of the most exciting names in the hip-hop space. The rapper earned dozens of charting hits and several top 10 albums (including one No. 1) during his lifetime, and his popularity hasn’t dwindled even a little bit in the months since his death this past December.
In just the past week or so, the pioneering, genre-bending rapper has enjoyed success on a Billboard ranking few could have predicted he’d reach while alive, and nobody expected him to rule following his passing.
WRLD is steady at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart for a second week with “Come & Go,” one of two collaborations with electronic DJ and producer Marshmello featured on his first posthumous album Legends Never Die. The cut debuted in first place last frame, and it hasn’t gone anywhere now that a full period has passed, meaning it isn’t just a quick success, but rather a real, perhaps longstanding smash in the “alternative” field.
As if leading the charge on the most important roster of the most-consumed rock songs in the country wasn’t enough to classify him as a star in the genre, WRLD claims two spots inside the top five for a second week in a row. The multi-talented figure launched another album cut, “Man of the Year,” at No. 3 last frame, and this time around it dips slightly, landing at No. 5.
It’s not rare, but it is relatively uncommon for any one name to appear in more than a single spot inside the top five on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, and WRLD must be one of the first musicians known primarily for rapping to do so (if not the actual first).
WRLD’s success on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart this month shows how versatile he was when creating music and that genre didn’t mean to him what it does to many other stars. He may never appear on the tally again, as he only left behind a finite number of tracks, but he will now go down in history as one of the only hip-hop figures to rule that ranking.