Nicki Minaj has hailed Juice WRLD as her “kindred spirit”, after she went on the highway with the late rapper.
The rapper, actual identify Jared Anthony Higgins, died following a “medical emergency” at Chicago airport on Sunday (December 8) after he reportedly suffered a seizure.
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US authorities later confirmed that Higgins had been given the opioid antidote Narcan shortly earlier than he died.
Talking at Billboard‘s Ladies In Music occasion yesterday (December 12), Minaj defined how Higgins was ready to present a calming impact because the pair toured collectively.
“I just lately had the pleasure of working and touring with Juice WRLD,” she stated.
“I had a nice dialog with him someday and whereas we walked to the stage he held my hand and advised me to keep calm and to pray. He stated he had been attempting to just do that. I was shocked to hear him of all folks inform me that, however proper there in that second with him telling me that, I truly did really feel calm and I felt like, ‘Hm, what am I truly nervous about?’”
Minaj, who was additionally thought to be engaged on a monitor with the rapper, added: “I felt like he was a kindred spirit, and looking out again now, I want I did one thing otherwise or stated one thing to assist.
“He spoke to me intimately about how in love he was together with his girlfriend and the way passionate he was about music. And when he was within the studio with me he did so many songs so shortly. He was trustworthy and pure about what he felt and that impressed me.”
After providing her condolences to Higgins’ household, Minaj urged addressed the late rapper’s drug dependancy, commenting: “It’s so essential that we don’t move judgment so that individuals don’t really feel ashamed to communicate up and ask for assist.”
This comes after the rapper’s household broke their silence on his loss of life and confirmed that the 21-year-old was battling an dependancy to prescribed drugs.
“We beloved Jarad with all of our hearts and can't imagine our time with him has been minimize quick,” they stated.
“As he typically addressed in his music and to his followers, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency.
“Dependancy is aware of no boundaries and its impression goes means past the particular person preventing it. Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, pal and a lot extra to so many individuals who wished greater than something to see him defeat dependancy.”
Since his loss of life, followers have continued to pay tribute to the late star as his music rose to the US prime spots on Amazon Music, Apple and Spotify.
In the meantime, tributes have continued to pour in from the likes of Sting – whose 1993 monitor ‘Form of My Coronary heart’ was reworked to create Juice WRLD’s hit ‘Lucid Goals’.