South Sydney rapper The Kid LAROI has released ‘Go’, a collaboration featuring his late friend and mentor, emo-rap pioneer Juice WRLD.
Laroi has been vocal about his creative partnership with Juice WRLD since supporting the musician on his final tour last year. A leak of the song has been floating around the internet for quite some time, but the studio version is a true testament to these generation-defining musicians.
Juice WRLD passed away on December 8th, 2019 — shortly after his Australian tour. He was 21. The musician died from a seizure brought on by an accidental drug overdose during a drug raid at Midway Airport in Chicago.
The rapper, whose real name was Jarad A. Higgins, passed as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed.
Taking to Instagram LAROI shared a heart-rending open letter addressed to his “big bro” and mentor.
“It’s been a little over 6 months since you been gone, and it still doesn’t feel right,” he wrote.
“Before we even met you were my favourite artist, and I still think everyday how cool it was that I got to b damn near family with my idol.
“You took me all over the world on a f*cking private jet and showed me a whole different side of life that not many people get to see. From all the months you let me live at your crib, to all the nights I spent watching and learning from you in the studio, to all the concerts and tours I got to witness..
“I got to learn from a real life legend. it’s not even in my character to write long ass shit like this but fuck it our song is about to come out and I just wanna say how much I wish you were here with me to enjoy this shit. we all love and miss you back here ❤️”
‘GO’ marks the fifth release from LAROI this year. Following the release of ‘Diva’ featuring Lil Tecca, ‘Fade Away’ with Lil Tjay and ‘Go Dumb’ with Y2K, Blackbear and Bankrol Hayden and solo single ‘Addison Rae’.