Jack Harlow is getting candid about his rise to stardom and how he got there.
The 24-year-old rapper made an appearance on Teen Vogue, where he joined two other artists as June cover stars and shared about his love for Black women and how much he credits his success to them.
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The Louisville rapper explained, “They’ll never have to worry about not being credited by me,” he said. “I mean, I look out at my shows and I see them. It’s one thing when you see the memes and you hear people talking about it, but it’s another when you travel the country and you see them all over the place. I love Black women. I’ve loved Black women my whole life.”
Harlow also discussed how it felt to read critiques for his latest album, ‘Come Home the Kids Miss You.’
“I’ve been so validated by the world over the last year and just put on a pedestal and loved. To experience a taste of the opposite, I think it’s good for my growth,” Harlow said.
“It teaches you not to put too much stock in either because the world is finicky. But I’m proud to say my confidence and my thoughts on my trajectory haven’t been shaken. A lot of it has been a big surprise to me, after I caught wind of some of it. I’ve been able to do a good job of stepping away.”
Harlow further explained how he handles criticism, saying:
“Some of my earlier stuff, since I wasn’t in the position that I’m in [now], it was easier to be like, ‘Yeah, slide him his props.’ But once you’re up there, it’s a saltier feeling in your mouth,” he said. “It’s seasonal, I’m telling you. It’s fashion.”
Harlow also addressed prior statements about not knowing Ray J and Brandy were related and the importance of admitting your shortcomings.
“Everything you say is really liable to affect your career in a crazy way,” he said. “That’s just the nature of where we’re at. But it’s also dependent on your integrity, which is something I feel I have a lot of.”
The ‘First Class’ rapper shared on his preparation for his part in the adaptation of the 1992 comedy classic White Men Can’t Jump, and how he’s enlisted the help of an acting coach.
“She’s just so brilliant and pushes me in ways I didn’t expect,” he said. “I’ve spent so much of my life trying to be taken seriously as an artist, gaining respect, and I think I avoided embarrassment. This movie’s a good opportunity for me to feel embarrassed, I think.”
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