If Internet Money’s Taz Taylor would’ve listened to the A&Rs he sent Juice Wrld’s music to in 2017, the late rapper may not have had the chart-topping career he launched before his untimely death.
In a tweet on Thursday morning (November 5), the multi-platinum producer shared a screenshot of the seven Juice songs he was sending out before ultimately finding a home at Interscope Records in 2018. In his caption, he revealed labels were passing because they felt he sounded too much like Lil Uzi Vert.
“i sent this folder to A&Rs in 2017,” he said. “was told no.. he was a ‘lil uzi clone’”
Taylor continued on, noting how the “clone” label gets slapped on a lot of artists way too prematurely and cited artists such as Young Thug and Lil Keed as examples.
“maybe..just MAYBE. we know WTF we doing,” he added. “and if ppl would just understand that instead of being the first person to tell us no.. and uplift us more. we’d have more artists and legendary songs. now i can sit here and talk about all the major artists ppl tried to shit on and how they became something.. imagine the ones who could be here doing crazy shit but was told no cause they ‘sound too much like thug, or keed, or uzi’ etc. yall tried to say thug was a wayne clone.”
Last month, Juice’s posthumous effort Legends Never Die surpassed two billion streams in the United States, proving just how much impact he has even after his passing. Released in July, the effort debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with record-breaking first-week sales of roughly 497,000 units.
Revisit the album below.