The Los Angeles installment of Rolling Loud came with the bittersweet reminder that the world lost Juice WRLD much too soon before his time.
The music world was devastatingly shell-shocked when Juice, who was scheduled to perform at Rolling Loud, tragically passed away on December 9 from a fatal seizure six days after he turned 21.
In commemoration of his memory, a number of his closest friends honored his legacy with their own special tributes to the late rapper at the world-famous hip-hop music festival, including A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, G Herbo and Ski Mask the Slump God on stage during Day 2 of the event.
The night was bookended with a special message for Juice’s fans from his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, who came out to deliver the special tribute.
“I just wanted to come out here and let everyone know that Jarad loved every single person that he helped on this earth. He loved every single one of you guys,” Lotti said. The message was the first time she’s publicly spoken on Juice’s unfortunate passing.
“There’s not a time that he hadn’t shown me any different love that he felt for you. He wants everyone to know that you need to take anything negative thing in your life... change that to a positive situation,” she continued, emotion heavy in her voice. “Change that to ‘999.’ You gotta keep that in your heart. Can everyone say ‘999?’”
For Juice WRLD, 999 is the opposite of "666" and symbolically represented overcoming life’s negativities, as he previously explained to industry veteran Sway Calloway on MTV News.
Lotti’s uplifting words come as Juice’s fans and close ones continue to find closure through the late lyrics and words of the rapper, who used his platform to raise awareness for mental health. Juice WRLD was laid to rest on Saturday (Dec. 14) in a private ceremony held in his hometown attended by his loved ones, according to TMZ.
BET continues to send its prayers, love and light to the family, friends and fans of Juice WRLD during this difficult time.
Listen to Ally Lotti’s full remarks at Rolling Loud in the clip below.
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