Rapper Nicki Minaj paid tribute to the late rapper, Juice WRLD, at the Billboard’s 2019 Women In Music event.
Earlier of December 2019, Juice WRLD died at the age of 21 after having a seizure at Chicago Midway International. According to TMZ, he swallowed several Percocet pills when he learned federal agents were going to search the plane.
During her speech, Minaj wished she had been able to help the rapper when he was alive. She also said that she was honored last night for being awarded this award.
Here’s what Nicki Minaj said:
“I recently had the pleasure of working and touring with Juice Wrld. I had a great conversation with him and while we walked to the stage, he held my hand and told me to stay calm and to pray.
He said that he had been trying to do just that. I was so shocked to hear him of all people tell me that, but right there in that moment with him telling me that, I actually did feel calm and I felt like, ‘Hmm, what am I actually worried about?’
I felt like he was a kindred spirit and looking back now, I wish I did something differently or said something to help.”
“He was honest and pure about what he felt and that inspired me.
I want to honor him tonight and send my condolences to him and his family and his girlfriend and his friends and everybody. And I want to tell everyone that drugs aren’t the problem… it’s so important that we don’t pass judgment so that people don’t feel ashamed to speak up and ask for help,” she passionately continued.
It’s so important that we talk about mental health. It is. Because people are dying because they don’t want to express how miserable they are and how much they’re suffering. So they’d rather medicate themselves. I just came here tonight to ask people to be a little bit more forgiving and understanding. Especially with entertainers. We can’t have a bad day.”
You can watch the full speech below.
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