Jack Harlow is an American rapper and songwriter who has a net worth of $5 million. Jack Harlow rose to fame in 2020 with his single “What’s Poppin.” The same year, he released his debut studio album, “That’s What They All Say,” which debuted at number five on the Billboard 200.
Harlow had his first chart-topper in 2021 when he collaborated with Lil Nas X on the song “Industry Baby.”
Infancy and Adolescence
Jack Harlow was given the name Jackman Harlow when he was born on March 13, 1998, in Louisville, Kentucky, to his parents, Brian and Maggie. A younger brother named Clayborn lives with him on the family horse farm where he was raised. Harlow’s ancestors are of Irish and French descent.
He began rapping when he was 12 years old, and he and his friend Copeland recorded beats together using a microphone and a laptop. The lads worked together to create a CD titled “Rippin’ and Rappin’,” which they sold at Highland Middle School to raise money for the school.
Harlow created his first mixtape, dubbed “Extra Credit,” when he was in the seventh grade. In addition, he and his friends formed a gang known as the Moose Gang. Over the course of her high school career, Harlow performed to sold-out crowds at a variety of Louisville locations, including Mercury Ballroom and the Haymarket Whiskey Bar.
Beginnings of a Professional Career
In November of 2015, Harlow released his first commercial EP, “The Handsome Harlow,” which was a success. The next year, after graduating from Atherton High School, he released a mixtape titled “18,” which served as the first album issued under his label Private Garden.
In 2017, Harlow released the singles “Routine” and “Dark Knight,” the latter of which served as the lead track for his mixtape “Gazebo,” which was released in 2018.
Harlow relocated to Atlanta in 2018 and accepted a part-time job at the Georgia State University cafeteria to supplement her income while there. Shortly after, he was introduced to DJ Drama, whose record label Generation Now he later signed to as a result of the introduction.
Harlow went on to record his major label debut mixtape, named “Loose,” which was distributed by Interscope Records. A year later, in 2019, he released the single “Through the Night” as well as the mixtape “Confetti.”
Breakthroughs in the Commercial Sector
When Harlow released the lead track from his EP “Sweet Action” in January of 2020, he became the first artist to achieve mainstream success.
The song, which was widely shared on TikTok, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was re-released as a remix in June, and its music video has had more than 100 million views to date. Furthermore, “What’s Poppin” has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for its performance the track.
In addition to the singles “Moana,” which features G-Eazy, and “Tyler Herro,” Harlow has released two other singles.
“That’s What They All Say,” Harlow’s debut studio album, will be released in December of 2020 via RCA Records. Many other musicians, including Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, and DaBaby, make cameo appearances on the album, which is produced by Adam Levine and produced by Big Sean.
“That’s What They All Say” was a critical and commercial success, peaking at number five on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the process.
Collaborations in the Field of Music
Harlow has found significant success in his collaborations with other musicians, as well as in his own original songs. In 2018, he was a featured artist on Skeme’s song “Get Sumn,” which included Sixteen and Lil James.
His next appearances included collaborations with Post Malone and DaBaby on Saweetie’s popular tune “Tap In (Remix),” and he was also featured on City Girls’ “Pussy Talk (Remix),” which featured Lil Wayne and Quavo.
His biggest hit to date came in July of 2021 when he was featured on the Lil Nas X single “Industry Baby,” in which he also appeared as a character. The song went on to become Harlow’s first number-one success on the Billboard Hot 100, and it became his first number one hit overall.
Influences and Personality
Harlow’s music has been praised for its unique combination of emotional sincerity and a playful sense of humor, as well as for its reoccurring themes of sexuality, drug use, and parties, among other things.
Also of note, critics have noted how Harlow’s lyrics challenge his own white privilege, while Harlow himself has admitted his own limits in terms of genuinely comprehending the experience of racism.
With regard to Harlow’s musical influences, the artist has mentioned a wide range of performers from a variety of genres as sources of inspiration for his work. Rappers Drake, Eminem, and Lil Wayne are among others who have been honored, as are Johnny Cash, Jesse McCartney, Willie Nelson, and Hall & Oates, among many more.
A key influence on Harlow’s music, according to him, has been the film industry, as he aspires to turn his songs into works that resemble short films. Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese are among the directors who have influenced him.
Volunteerism and Philanthropy
Harlow is actively involved in a number of charitable and activism-related causes and organizations. In 2020, he participated in a Black Lives Matter march in Louisville, Kentucky, in protest of the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor, which occurred in his hometown.
Next year, Harlow donated to a number of Louisville-based organizations, including the Center for Women and Families, Metro United Way of Greater Louisville, and the Grace M. James Academy of Excellence, among others.
His partnership with Kentucky Fried Chicken and its parent business Yum! Brands resulted in a donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross, which was used to assist those who had been devastated by a deadly tornado in Western Kentucky.