Juice WRLD’s “Empty” Lyrics Meaning

“Empty” is a word used to describe how American rapper and singer Juice WRLD feels on the inside.  And according to this song, the way he deals with this inner lack is by partaking of drugs – specifically alcohol, pills and dope – despite simultaneously portraying such actions as being harmful.

Juice has made references to his dangerous alcohol consumption in songs past. In “Empty”, he raps about solving his problem through “Styrofoam”, which is an allusion to lean, a popular yet potentially-lethal alcoholic beverage that has become extremely popular amongst rap musicians.

In terms of non-liquid drugs, he uses the word “rolling” which is usually associated with smoking weed, as joints and more specifically blunts (also popular in the hip-hop) have to be rolled by the smoker before they are actually burned. However, it is obvious that Juice, while he may be referencing ganja also, is on some harder stuff.  For instance, the rap community does not refer to smoking herb as “dope”.  Also WRLD makes mention to “swallowing… pills” in the song, which lets the audience know that he is indeed using something hard, likely illicitly, with Juice himself known for being a recovering drug addict despite his young age.

But as aforementioned, Juice’s rationale for partaking in these intoxicating indulgences is to deal with his inner issues. Yet somewhat ironically he identifies these same actions as being detrimental to his overall well being.

Other subjects that are brought up in the track besides the above-mentioned are Juice’s potentially-violent tendencies and his rise “from rags to riches”.

Lyrics of "Empty"

Facts about “Empty”

  • “Empty” was co-written by Juice WRLD (whose real name is Jarad Higgins) and music producer Nick Mira (who produced the track). Mira also co-wrote and produced Juice’s single “Robbery“.
  • March 8, 2019 was the official release date of “Empty”.
  • This is the first track from Juice’s second studio album which goes by the title Death Race for Love.

Does “Empty” contain any samples?

No. This song was created from its beginning to its end without the use of any samples.

Did Juice WRLD release “Empty” as a single?

No. The album Death Race for Love (which this track appears on) was supported by just two singles. And these singles are “Robbery” and “Hear Me Calling”. Interestingly enough, despite the track not being released as a single, it ended up being one of the outstanding track from the album.

30 Responses

  1. Alemnesh says:

    Is Every thing okay with Juice Wrld

  2. Tamika says:

    Juiceworlds music makes me feel relief about life and everything else. And also the fact that he writes about his experience, the lyrics are real. I love you Juice 🥺❤️.

  3. soup says:

    umm about that didn’t he die?

  4. Timothy says:

    Yes, there is something wrong with him. He’s dead because none took the time to listen to what his song meant. So yes there is duh show that your a real fan tamika

  5. jay says:

    its so stupid how people like Lauryssa Booke comment saying “yes everything is ok with him” when clearly he is saying the opposite in his words. listen to the words not the beat smh.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Juice Wrld was one of my favorite rappers.His music is relatable and helps me cope with my depression. He really touched the world with his music and will always be remembered. R.I.P/ 999 forever

  7. Anonymous says:

    Juice is a legend it was so hard to see him go

  8. ethan says:

    what does it mean when he says, I problems solve with Styrofoam

    • Anonymous says:

      I KNOW right!!!! It’s so sillyyyyyyy!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        Its in here, Juice has made references to his dangerous alcohol consumption in songs past. In “Empty”, he raps about solving his problem through “Styrofoam”, which is an allusion to lean, a popular yet potentially-lethal alcoholic beverage that has become extremely popular amongst rap musicians.

    • Anonymous says:

      it means he solved everything with lean

      • ripjuice says:

        not everything i feel like i can say some stuffs cuz i kinda relate to drugs n stuffs
        when u r in pain u take drugs so as to make u numb and he says he takes lean to reduce this pain his heart is feeling

    • Mikie says:

      He use kind of drink called lean with the same name as styrofoam to manage his stress and depression

    • derek says:

      Styrofoam”, which is an allusion to lean, a popular yet potentially-lethal alcoholic beverage that has become extremely popular amongst rap musicians.

  9. WRLD says:

    R.I.P. Juice WRLD your legacy will never be forgotten 999 for life.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I dont understand what “driving with the rooftop missin'” means (im not english sry)

  11. Anonymous says:

    Everything isn’t ok with juice
    He was literally going through a lot and told y’all in his musics
    But you were only in love with the music, the melody and didn’t pay attention to the lyrics

  12. juice wrld999 says:

    man its so hard to listen to his songs now it so much more depressing in fact when I hear this quote from his song legends it hits me hard “We aint makin it past 21”

  13. Simon says:

    I’m wasted right now listening to juice I didn’t hear of him until he died but he’s so relatable we don’t want to do this shit but it numbs something deep inside us which we feel we need, even though we know this we continue to live this lifestyle we can’t understand why and never will unfortunately, I’m devastated he’s gone he had so much potential but the warning signs where there when you listen to his music but I always think if it was me I wouldn’t listen to no one either I’ll do me and it seems like that’s the attitude he had which killed him which I know would probably kill me too if I was rich enough and just had yes men to answer to, juice sounds like me never know when to stop and call it a night

  14. James baldwin says:

    999 forever

  15. Keirah says:

    999 forever…he died so young. He had so much to offer to us…”Empty” is a song which I can relate
    And can someone please explain to me the meaning of the lyrics of his song titled “wishing well”. Thanks.

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