Juice WRLD recently sat down with Billboard to discuss how he crafted his song “Lucid Dreams” as part of the “How It Went Down” video series.
The rapper explains that he wrote the song in his family room when he was a senior in high school. He began with the chorus, then moved on to a verse, and continued writing pieces until he assembled them together like a puzzle.
Once Juice WRLD went to the studio, it only took him 20 minutes or so to record the track. “It wasn’t rushed,” he says. “I remember it was storming pretty bad that day…I think the power almost went out or something, it was crazy.”
The 19-year-old also makes note of the fact that the song samples Sting‘s “Shape of My Heart,” and that the entire track revolves around that sample.
“My producer sung me the beat, and then when I heard it, I was like, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a Sting sample,’ Juice WRLD tells Billboard. “I think it was like eight bars of the song. That was like the beat that carried the whole beat, the melodies, all of it. It all revolved around the sample.”
“Lucid dreaming is dreaming but you being aware that you’re doing it,” he explains of the song’s subject matter. “I feel as though if you’re able to control your dreams you have more power and control over your mind, like you could reach more areas of your mind. Therefore, I feel like it creates the ability for you to achieve more things in reality.”
You can hear the full story of how Juice WRLD wrote “Lucid Dreams” by watching the video above.