Jack Harlow is leading the way for the new generation of Hip Hop artists and with that comes the responsibility of leading by example.
Thats What They All Say debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart giving Harlow his first top 10 album. Although hes enjoying all the success from his hard work, the Louisville rapper is in a culture created by Black people that looks at his race as culture vultures. Harlow has to be mindful of his position in the culture and how to maneuver it without being the topic of criticism. During a recent interview with Yahoo , Jack Harlow reflected on his role as a white rapper and how his Black fans and peers accept him despite the shade that continues to be thrown at him over award nominations and album covers. I feel blessed to have a voice in this period because, one, Im not a street artist, and two, Im not Black, Harlow said. The only thing keeping me here right now is that level of authenticity, of being myself. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jack Harlow (@jackharlow) Harlow credits the shift in Hip Hop music in the early 2010s where rappers like Odd Future and Mac Miller were inspiring fans to be themselves. According to him, if it werent for that shift, white kids wouldnt feel comfortable being themselves and would have to be something theyre not to feel accepted. All of this stuff was coming into the fold and it had this energy surrounding it of, Were letting the white kids come to the party. Were all in this together,' Harlow added, reflecting on a conversation he had with his close friend Nemo Achida. He feels like the country going into these new civil rights moments almost shifted away from, Lets have the white boy at the party. It became less about lets all be diverse together and turned back into Hip Hop being, It needs to be a Black genre. Thats just been the natural transformation of things, I think.