Jack Harlow

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Jack Harlow
Harlow in 2020
Harlow in 2020
Background information
Born (1998-03-13) March 13, 1998 (age 22)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • Songwriter
Years active2011–present
Associated acts

Jackman Thomas Harlow (born March 13, 1998 in Louisville, Kentucky)[1] is an American rapper.[2] He is signed to Don Cannon and DJ Drama's Generation Now through Atlantic Records. He is also the co-founder of his own musical collective, Private Garden. He is best known for his 2020 single "Whats Poppin", which peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100.


In November 2015, Harlow released his first commercial album, an EP entitled The Handsome Harlow. It was released through Gill Holland's sonaBLAST! record label.[1][3] Throughout high school, he often played sold out shows at Louisville venues like Mercury Ballroom, Headliners, and the Haymarket Whiskey Bar.[1][4] In early 2016, he released a single, "Never Woulda Known", featuring Johnny Spanish and produced by Syk Sense. In March of that year, he opened for Vince Staples in Louisville.[5]

In June 2016, less than a month after graduating high school (Atherton High School), he released the mixtape,18, which was the first album on his label and music collective, Private Garden.[6][7] The collective also features Harlow's frequent collaborators, the Homies, composed of Louisville rappers and producers Ace Pro, 2forwOyNE, Shloob, Quiiso, and Ronnie Lucciano.[1] Over the course of the next year, Harlow performed at South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, and the Forecastle Festival. He also spent time traveling back and forth between Louisville and Atlanta to work with engineer/mixer, KY Engineering. In March 2017, he released the song "Hitchcock", produced by 2forwOyNE and J-Reid.[1][8]

In the summer of 2017, Harlow released the single "Routine".[1] In October of that year, he released another single, "Dark Knight", with an accompanying music video. He credits CyHi the Prynce with helping him work through his writer's block and finish the song.[9][10] "Dark Knight" would become the lead single from Harlow's mixtape Gazebo, which was released in November 2017.[4] Harlow went on a 14-city Gazebo Tour in support of the album. The Homies opened for Harlow, and the tour ended in January 2018.[11][12] In May 2018, Harlow opened for indie rock band, Portugal. The Man on select tour dates.[13][14] The following month, he was featured alongside Lil James and Sixteen on the Skeme song "Get Sumn".[15]

After moving to Atlanta, Harlow worked at the Georgia State Cafeteria to supplement his income. Harlow has said of his time working at the cafeteria: "At the time, the nostalgia of it was beautiful for me. I met a lot of cool people there and it was humbling. It was good." A month after working at the cafeteria he was introduced to DJ Drama at Mean Street Studio.[16]

In August 2018, it was announced that Harlow had signed to DJ Drama and Don Cannon's Atlantic Records imprint, Generation Now. He also released a video for his single "Sundown" on the day of the announcement.[17][18] On August 17, Harlow released his major label debut mixtape, Loose.[19] The album featured guest verses from CyHi the Prynce, K Camp, 2forwOyNE, and Taylor.[20] In September 2018, he performed at the Genius IQ/BBQ event.[21] In November 2018, Harlow embarked on a North American tour in support of Loose which ended in December.[22][23][24] That month, he also released a music video for the song, "PickYourPhoneUp", featuring K Camp.[25] Loose was nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. [26] On August 21, 2019, Harlow released the single "Thru the Night" featuring fellow Louisville native Bryson Tiller. He then released a 12-track mixtape named Confetti, with features from the previously mentioned Bryson Tiller, as well as 2forwOyNE and EST Gee and launched his US tour, which started in October of the same year.

In January 2020, he released the single "Whats Poppin," produced by JetsonMade and Pooh Beatz.[27] The song was widely shared on the TikTok social media platform,[28] and the Cole Bennett-produced music video has surpassed 100 million views as of October 2020.[29][30][31] On Harlow's most recent birthday, March 13, 2020, he released a seven-track project called Sweet Action.[32]

On April 17, Harlow unofficially shared an unreleased song, "Nothin to a Boss."[33]

In May, Harlow released the single "Moana" with G-Eazy. The song became his second entry on the Canadian Hot 100, peaking at number 72.

On June 24, 2020, Harlow released an official remix of "Whats Poppin" featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne, peaking at #2 on U.S. Billboard's Hot 100 list.[34]

On August 11, Harlow was included in XXL's 2020 Freshman Class.[35]

On September 29, it was announced that "Whats Poppin" would be included on the season six Battle Pass for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Players could unlock the song as part of the “War Track Pack: Hip Hop Edition.” When equipped, players would hear the track (along with DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”, and Clipse’s “Grindin’ ”) while riding in any vehicle of their choosing in the game’s popular Warzone mode.[36]

On October 22, 2020, Harlow released the single "Tyler Herro", produced by Boi-1da and Scott Storch,[37] with a music video featuring the NBA player of the same name. The song was praised for the "easy, weightless charisma" of Harlow's lyrics and delivery.[38]



Harlow's music has been characterized by critics as blending playful confidence with emotional sincerity in both his music and lyrics,[39][40] which often explore themes such as sexuality, partying, and drug use.[41] He has described his own music as emphasizing rhythm, and his lyricism as being "personal but fun,"[42] and geared toward "connect[ing] with people."[43]

Harlow has stated that, being white, he "can never truly know what [the experience of racism] is like," and that it is his responsibility as a white rapper to approach his work with that knowledge in mind. He hopes his music influences white listeners to exercise greater empathy and awareness of racism in the United States.[44] Harlow has also described his position as a white rapper as like being "the guest inside a house of a culture that isn't mine." Harlow is an open supporter of the Black Lives Matter political movement, attending a rally to protest the killing of Breonna Taylor, which occurred in his hometown.[45]


Harlow cites a range of influences across multiple genres, including Eminem, Drake, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, OutKast, Paul Wall, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hall and Oates, and Jesse McCartney, among others.[46][47][48] Harlow has also identified cinema as an influence, aiming for his songs to be "like short films." His favorite filmmakers are Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Alfred Hitchcock.[49]



List of mixtapes with selected album details
Title Details
Extra Credit
Finally Handsome
  • Released: November 7, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: June 17, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: November 17, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: August 17, 2018
  • Label: Generation Now, Atlantic
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: September 20, 2019
  • Label: Generation Now, Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
The Handsome Harlow
  • Released: November 13, 2015
  • Label: sonaBLAST!
  • Format: CD, digital download
Sweet Action
  • Released: March 13, 2020
  • Label: Generation Now, Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
20 15


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

(FL Tip)

"It's Pointless" 2014 Finally Handsome
(featuring Kal Weinstein)
"Every Night" 2015 The Handsome Harlow
"Never Woulda Known"
(featuring Johnny Spanish)
2016 18
"Ice Cream"
"Hitchcock" 2017 Non-album single
"Routine" Gazebo
"Dark Knight"
"Sundown" 2018 Loose
"Thru the Night"
(featuring Bryson Tiller)
2019 Confetti
"Whats Poppin"
(solo or remix featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne)
2020 2 2 8 24 4 13 6 46 33 25 Sweet Action
(with G-Eazy)
[A] 72 [B] Non-album single
"Automatic"[66] Madden NFL 21
"Tyler Herro" 34 11 81 40 27 38
[C] 82 TBA

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Tap In (Remix)"
(Saweetie featuring DaBaby, Post Malone, and Jack Harlow)
2020 11
Pretty Bitch Music


  1. ^ "Moana" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number 23 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  2. ^ "Moana" did not chart on the NZ Top 40 Singles chart, but did peak at number 13 on the NZ Hot Singles chart.
  3. ^ "Tyler Herro" did not chart on the NZ Top 40 Singles chart, but did peak at number five on the NZ Hot Singles chart.


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