Juice WRLD’s rapid rise in the music industry to tragic fall is the subject of an upcoming HBO Max documentary called Into The Abyss and now, the network has shared the official trailer.
Featuring appearances from Lil Bibby, director Cole Bennett and others, the documentary is the sixth installment of HBO’s Music Box documentary series. Previous entries have covered the late DMX, Woodstock ’99 and more. Whereas X’s documentary grappled with the concept of reconciliation, Juice WRLD’s takes a glimpse into the Chicago rapper’s adjustment to fame.
“When you’re a fan of this shit, you look at it from a certain perspective,” he says during a segment of the trailer. “But when you in it, you see it for what it really is. I’m still happy I can change the world. But, it’s not what it looked like.”
The documentary premieres on December 16, one week after the release of his second posthumous album, Fighting Demons. His previous effort, 2020’s Legends Never Die, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with an estimated 496,000 total album-equivalent units earned in its first week, the biggest sales week for a posthumous album in history.
Juice WRLD died of a seizure brought on by an accidental overdose in December 2019, six days after he celebrated his 21st birthday. On what would have been his 23rd birthday, his mother, Carmela Wallace, wrote a touching tribute to her son.
“When you were born 23 years ago, I never expected that you would not to be here today celebrating your birthday,” she began. “Although it has been nearly two years since you’ve been gone, I still think about you every day and losing you has changed my life forever. I’m glad that we always made sure that we said goodbye when we left each other because we didn’t know when we would see each other again.”
Juice WRLD’s mom, Carmela Wallace, wrote a letter to him today, which is what would’ve been his 23rd birthday ? pic.twitter.com/ZKUU6VxoG7
— Travis (@TravisWorlddd) December 2, 2021