On Monday December 13th, I attended an HBO Originals screening of Music Box: Juice WRLD series documentary. Hosted at Neuehouse Hollywood, the screening was followed by a Q&A with director Tommy Oliver hosted by Michael Ealy.
The documentary was an intimate look at the life of Juice WRLD as he navigated newfound fame and riches. His artistry was unmatched. Producer Benny Blanco is featured in the documentary and talks about Juice WRLD’s talent, which was unlike any other artists he had worked with before.
Writing his own songs, Juice WRLD was able to record music within minutes of hearing a beat in the studio. He was able to view lyrics in his head before saying them out loud. Truly a gift. His music touched on anxiety, mental health, and addiction. Oftentimes his music alluded to the overall pain and loneliness he was experiencing in his real life.
Music was an outlet for him to express his feelings and be vulnerable. For him, he was expressing his most difficult feelings. His fans saw him as a relatable figure who allowed them to feel seen when listening to his music.
The documentary highlights the ups and downs of his short yet extremely successful career. Director Tommy Oliver tells the life and story of Juice WRLD leading up to his passing. Throughout the documentary you can see his joy being surrounded by his girlfriend whom he loved dearly, his excitement to make music, and his true enjoyment to give and create art to his fans.
You can stream HBO Original Music Box: Juice WRLD documentary on HBO Max starting December 16th.