Nearly eight months after Juice WRLD’s tragic loss of life, the beloved rapper was heard as soon as once more on ‘Smile,’ a posthumous collaboration with The Weeknd.

“XO + 999 Thursday Evening,” The Weeknd posted to Instagram on Aug. four whereas sharing an image of the late Juice WRLD, confirming {that a} as soon as rumored collaboration was going to grow to be a actuality. The tune – entitled “Smile” – arrived on Aug. 7, and it was precisely what followers had hoped for. It got here as a consolation to listen to Juice WRLD’s one-of-a-kind voice instantly kick off the tune, which followers have been lacking.

Juice WRLD and The Weeknd’s message is easy on this collab: they simply need the particular person their serenading to “smile,” a message that takes on new that means within the wake of Juice WRLD’s loss of life. “I need you to prosper and are available correct even when meaning I ain’t by your facet,” Juice WRLD sings, with that acquainted depth of vulnerability that made the late rapper a family title.

The Weeknd’s message – “XO” representing his document label, and “999” being the quantity Juice WRLD used all through his profession earlier than his loss of life in December 2019 – despatched followers scurrying via the Twitter archives to discover a Sep. 10, 2019 tweet from Juice. “Me and The Weeknd would make a diamond document…” the rapper tweeted, and The Weeknd retweeted it virtually a 12 months later with a trio of prayer arms.

This tune comes as each The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) and Juice WRLD (born Jarad Higgins) have discovered chart success in numerous methods. The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” has been a staple of the Billboard Sizzling 100, reaching No. 1 and by no means actually straying that removed from the highest of the charts. Juice WRLD’s posthumous album, Legends By no means Die, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, promoting a complete of 497,000 equal album items to briefly dethroning The Weeknd’s After hours as the most important launch of 2020 (a document that Taylor Swift would smash every week later.) It nonetheless stays probably the most profitable posthumous album of the previous 20 years in America, per NME.

Juice WRLD died on Dec. 8, 2019, struggling a seizure shortly after arriving at Chicago’s Halfway Worldwide Airport. Juice Wrld’s reason behind loss of life was launched at the beginning of the 12 months, with the Prepare dinner County Medical Examiner’s Workplace ruling that the 21-year-old rapper died “because of oxycodone and codeine toxicity. The method of loss of life is an accident.” Juice reportedly ingested “a number of unknown tablets” after authorities searched his non-public jet, uncovering 70 kilos of hashish and three firearms. Seven months later after his loss of life, Juice’s property would launch his album, and on Legends By no means Die, he would rap about how his substance abuse was “killing me.”

The late Juice WRLD performs (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Regardless of the COVID-19 coronavirus placing the music trade on pause, 2020 has been a busy 12 months for The Weeknd. Along with releasing After Hours – which left followers speculating if he was referencing his former relationships to Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid – the singer made a shock look on American Dad. In the course of the animated cameo, he sings about being a virgin, which is counter to all the things the horny crooner is about. “I’m a longtime fan of the present,” he informed Selection. “I’ve been watching since highschool however I actually appreciated it about seven years in the past. It’s been working for thus lengthy, and I really feel prefer it has an actual cult following. To essentially benefit from the present in its entirety it’s a must to actually know the characters.”

And what’s one factor not many individuals find out about The Weeknd? “I’m very approachable and folks don’t actually know that about me. It could be stunning to some to find out how inquisitive I’m and the way a lot I really like speaking to individuals and going deep into dialog.”