In an exclusive clip shared with PEOPLE of an interview with Harlow featuring Zane Lowe on Apple Music Apple Music 1, Jack Harlow opens up on the importance of humility – and why it is crucial that he does not lose that humility as he drops his sophomore studio album, Come Home The Kids Miss You, Friday. Making his first appearance on the Late Night Talkers, Come Home the Kids Miss You rapper Jack Harlow seemed unnerved when he sat down to chop it up with host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show about his meteoric rise to stardom, an odd Red Carpet moment at the Met Gala, and stepping right into the back of Lil Nas Xs head literally inside Lil Nas Xs head at the Grammys this year. The Louisville, Ky.-based rappers second album, Come Home The Kids Miss You, released earlier this month, comes in at a time when Jack Harlow has reached new levels of cultural influence. Even as Come Home The Kids Miss You was poised to kickstart a worldwide takeover by Jack Harlow, Louisville missed the mark.
I first became aware of Louisvilles 23-year-old fever pitch back in October, when clips of the rappers interviews with British comedian Amelia Dimoldenberg made the rounds on TikTok. The interview-cum-date with Dimoldenberg did not kick off Jack Harlows industry-wide compound.
Well, the famously flirtatious Harlow had just such an incident at this years Grammys red carpet, where things got real with YouTuber Emma Chamberlain. While walking up to the red carpet stairs to the venue, Emma Chamberlain interviewed a variety of celebrities, asking them what they were wearing and who they were wearing, but none of them are likely to be as memorable as interviewing Jack Harlow. Earlier this week, the Kentucky-born rapper appeared at this weeks Met Gala, leaving Emma Chamberlain, a video blogger moonlighting as the host of the red carpet, gasping for air on camera after falling for his flirty shtick.
In a cover story by Jake Harlow for Rolling Stone, he said things like, I am at my best when it comes to the oil-machine age, and told an anecdote about going to Drakes house and asking Drake how he could get better at being a rapper. During the interview, Jack Harlow also touched on the themes on the album, saying that it was about sharing his experiences under the spotlight with his hometown.
Harlow is the breakout star, and with that attention comes responsibility and impact. Harlow remains closest with Private Garden, the Louisville-based rapper/producer collective that has been with him for years. Harlow loves it as a kid who is really grown up with hip-hop, who does not see it like this is like this is some kind of the hottest trend, like it is some kind of the hottest way to be famous, he said.
Jack Harlow Takes On The World
Jack Harlow joined Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 for a wide-ranging conversation and deep dive on his upcoming brand-new album, Come Home, The Kids Miss You. Jack Harlow is preparing to drop his second studio album, Come Home The Kids Miss You, Thursday evening. Louisvilles Jack Harlow has made his name as one of the games most sought-after performers – and he is no slouch on Come Home the Kids Miss You, amplifying his sharp, technically-sounding quips.
For Day One of Jack Harlow, Harlow comes off like an ordinary guy (the cover photo of 18 shows him wearing underpants, playing into the nerdy stereotypes that come with being a white rapper, and he has repeatedly credited his mother in interviews with inspiring him to become a rapper) that has somehow ended up being the challenger for the rap megastars to come. While Jack Harlows new album might need a moment to sink in for hip-hop heads, it is an album that finds him dealing with and enjoying fame while carrying the chip on his shoulder, channeling many of the influences that got him this far. Pitchforks view, however, has been the prevailing viewpoint from fans, hip-hop twitter, and notable music blogs alike since the release of Jack Harlows new album, since Come Home The Kids Miss You is not simply a silver platter of eager bars and tasteful bars, but it is a closer look at the heart of Jack Harlows brain. Jack Harlows charming, silly approach to his rapping may at times make it difficult for rap listeners to take Jack Harlow seriously, but with two Billboard Top 100 songs at #1 and certified platinum albums, Jack Harlows charisma begins to look like genius.
On Harlows glossy major-label debut, Jack Harlow mostly chose to take the shit-talking Lothario persona, tempting one female listener to, at one point, “Come enter my world, Narnia-like”. The song finds Harlow rapping about Harlows path to success, while also spelling out what is coming to her traveling partners on a gentle piano melody, leading to Harlow interpolating the refrain from Fergies 2006 track Glamourous. Almost every song on that record, you could find Jack Harlow connecting it to a relation to something that I was experiencing and a context that existed in Louisville, because Louisville is where it all got grounded, that is where my musings came from.