“What’s the 27 Club? We ain’t making it past 21”

Lexi Mariash, Staff Writer

On Sunday Dec. 8, rapper Juice WRLD, age 21, died of a drug-induced seizure at Chicago Midway International Airport. 

Federal agents were searching his luggage for drugs and firearms. While being searched and questioned by police, the rapper had begun to go into cardiac arrest. The search led to the discovery of 41 bags of marijuana, two pistols, a high capacity magazine, bullets and six bottles of prescription codeine syrup.

The cause of death seemed to be an overdose on the opioid Percocet. According to the rapper’s girlfriend, he had taken some prior to the search.

As of now, the two of the passengers are charged for illegal possession and there are no drug charges.

The cops received a tip that the incoming plane had “weapons and narcotics” aboard and were waiting at the airport when the plane landed. A K-9 unit of drug sniffing dogs had confirmed the suspicion and the luggage of all the passengers were searched. 

Once the news of Juice WRLD’s death hit the internet, fans created posts tributed to him and comments from fellow musicians and celebrities flooded social media. 

Within the past decade big name artists like Mac Miller and Lil Peep have also been found dead due to drug overdose.

The addition of the death of Juice WRLD begs the question of how many rappers must die before things begin to change. This new era of rappers and musicians continue to glorify the use of fatal drugs until the day it kills them. The themes and topics of songs that led to their fame are the same substances that end their lives.  

Among the grief and condolences, lyrics from some of the rapper’s songs began to surface leading some to say that he had predicted his own death. 

“What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21,” sang Juice WRLD in the song “Legends.” 

This quote went viral along with the news of the 21 year-old’s death.

Another quote that resurfaced in light of the rapper’s death was from 2017. The tweet reads “My goal is to be overly famous, shine for a couple years.. then fake my death.” 

“I mean I don’t doubt that’s a possibility, but why now?” said junior Ben Hense. 

The fake death conspiracy is common among popular rappers that die young. When XXXtentacion died in 2017, rumors spurred about what happened to the body and if he really died. 

“It’s sad to see these young artists dying just as they’re growing and developing a fanbase. So much creative potential wasted,” said Hense.