Juice WRLD might sound sad as hell in his music, but he’s got a lot to be happy about.
This summer alone, his catchy song “Lucid Dreams” rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, he performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, and he earned spots on several Song of the Summer lists (a somewhat ironic feat, given the cold nature of “Lucid Dreams”).
The Chicago emo-rap wunderkind has skyrocketed to such stratospheric heights in the past few months, it’s easy to forget that less than six months ago, he was just one of thousands of new rappers in the depths of SoundCloud, struggling to make it out of the Sea of Lils.
And for a minute, even Juice was beginning to question whether he could make it.
“Before all this stuff took off—I kinda took a step back and was like … ‘What if this ain’t what I’m supposed to be doing?’” he told BigBoyTV.
To fully see and appreciate the grind that led to this impressive rap stardom, here’s a timeline of Juice WRLD’s journey toward success.