XO + 999. 🔥
"XO + 999 Thursday Night," he captioned a headshot of Juice showing off his French inhale. Though the latter passed away in December, The Weeknd and Juice are responsible for the two biggest album debuts of the year, selling 497,000 (Legends Never Die) and 444,000 (After Hours) first-week equivalent album units respectively.
Rumblings of a possible joint drop were sparked when Lil Bibby, former Chicago drill rapper and the boss of Juice's Grade A Productions label, tweeted a couple of weeks ago, "999 XO." Now we know what this sly hint was all about.
Like most new releases from Juice, his first song with The Weeknd feels bittersweet. But it's also a dream come true. Once upon a time, the talented Chicagoan wishfully claimed that he and Abel could "make a diamond record." Let's run this one all the way up, then!
While The Weeknd never publicly acknowledged Juice's tweet, they apparently found the time to connect behind the scenes. A leak under the title "Sad" has been circulating around the Juice WRLD hive in recent weeks, so this could be the song that's being prepped.
Abel was one of the biggest names to pay tribute to Juice following news of his shocking passing. "rip JUICE WRLD," he wrote.
Having stockpiled more than 1,000 songs while recording what would eventually become Legends Never Die, there are probably plenty of special, unheard collaborations in the vault. Marshmello, who appears on Legends twice, claimed he and Juice have "8 or 9 songs left" together.