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Wrld on Drugs, also known and stylized as Future & Juice WRLD Present... WRLD ON DRUGS[1] is a collaborative mixtape by American rappers Future and Juice Wrld.[2] It was released on October 19, 2018 by Epic Records, Freebandz, Grade A and Interscope Records after being originally announced on October 17, 2018.[3] The lead single "Fine China" was released on October 15, 2018.[4] It features artists such as Young Scooter, Young Thug, Lil Wayne, Yung Bans, Gunna and Nicki Minaj.[5]

After the release of "Fine China", Wrld on Drugs was revealed as a joint project by both Future and Juice Wrld on their social media accounts.[6] The project consists of sixteen songs. A handwritten track list featuring scribbling on a whiteboard was published by both the artists with the caption "Pluto x Juice #WRLDONDRUGS", which refers to Future as Pluto, a reference to Future's debut album Pluto.[7] Future also revealed he and Juice Wrld have worked in the studio on the project, urging the latter to "make the cover artwork, pick the songs and put it out ASAP." He stated "Me & JuiceWorlddd in the studio rite now...we jus did enough heat to drop a tape this week."[8] On the whiteboard, the phrases "whatever you addicted too" and "$$$ is a drug?" were written.[9]

The Source has linked the album's title to the passing of rapper Mac Miller, stating "The title itself is interesting and speaks to the current state of Hip-Hop. With the recent drug-related passing of Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, one can wonder whether the project will be open about drug usage or mental illness in the world's biggest genre."[10] HotNewHipHop suggested the drug naming in the song titles suggest there could exist a high number of drug references in the mixtape.[11][12]

"Fine China" was released as a single on October 15, 2018.[13][14][15] "Fine China" was recorded in July 2018 during a studio session between Future and Juice. Its making-of has been published by the rappers on their Instagram pages.[16] They both visited the desert to shoot a music video for the album's second single, "No Issue".[17][18]

Wrld on Drugs was met with mixed reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional critics, the album received an average score of 61, based on six reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19]

Daniel Spielberger of HipHopDX said "Over the years, Future’s collaborations have occasionally demonstrated how easy it is for him to be overshadowed. With Wrld on Drugs, however, the Freebandz founder has struck up a natural rapport with a younger trap rapper while creating a unique atmosphere".[22] Torii MacAdams of Pitchfork said "Too often, WRLD on Drugs caters to neither Future nor Juice WRLD's strengths. The teenager became a star not with gnashing street rap but earnestly sung (if naively written) anthems about rejection and endlessly malicious women".[24]

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