Jackman Thomas Harlow (b. March 13, 1998), popularly known by his stage name Jack Harlow, is an American rapper from Louisville, Kentucky. His easy-going combination of humility and swagger has allowed him to step into the spotlight in a predominantly Black genre. Harlow began his music career in 2015. Over the years he has released several EPs and mixtapes and was eventually signed to Generation Now, Don Cannon, and DJ Drama’s record label in 2018, which is an offshoot of Atlantic Records. Harlow is accredited as being the co-founder of Private Garden. Vox, in an article, described Harlow's music as breezy and easy to listen to.
Jack Harlow was born on 13 March 1998 to an upper-middle-class Christian family in Shelbyville, Kentucky. As per a GQ article, Harlow is American by nationality and has a mixed French and Irish ethnicity. Harlow’s father, Brian Harlow, and mother Maggie Harlow are both entrepreneurs and run their own businesses together. Jack also has a younger brother named Clayborn Harlow.
Harlow attended Highland Middle School and completed his high school graduation from Atherton High School in 2016. As per a report by Louisville, Harlow developed an interest in music from a very young age thanks to his mother’s love for music, who used to listen to rap music. At the age of 12, Harlow’s parents shifted along with their family to Louisville, and that was where a young Jack started his own rapping career.
While Jack was in middle school, he along with his friend Copelan would use a Guitar Hero mic to record rhymes and songs. Harlow’s first mixtape technically came out when he decided to burn a CD, title it “Rippin' and Rappin” and tried to sell copies at their Highland Middle School. Harlow managed to get his hands on a professional microphone when he was in the seventh grade and made his first ‘official’ mixtape titled Extra Credit under the name, “Mr.Harlow”. Harlow and a bunch of his friends formed a collective and called themselves the “Moose Gang”. Along with the Moose Gang, Harlow worked on two mixtapes, namely Moose Gang and Music for the Deaf, both of which unfortunately never saw the light of day.
Harlow's first major breakthrough came five years later when he released his 2020 single, "Whats Poppin". Aided by its popularity on TikTok, it peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and went on to receive a Grammy Award nomination. He was also an inductee of XXL’s class of 2020 even before his debut studio album, That's What They All Say, was released.
Harlow’s first chart-topper came the following year, when his collaboration with Lil Nas X, "Industry Baby", peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This song became viral on TikTok. Harlow decided to cash in on his newfound stardom and release his second album, Come Home the Kids Miss You in 2022, with its single, "First Class", becoming viral on TikTok as well. This further helped the track debut atop the Hot 100 and earned Harlow his second number-one song on the coveted Billboard chart.
Harlow has received several award nominations from various institutions, including Top New Artist at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. In the same year, he was named Variety’s "Hitmaker of the Year" and was included in Forbes 30 Under 30. Earlier this year, it was announced that Harlow will make his acting debut in a remake of the 1992 film White Men Can't Jump directed by Calmatic as reported by Deadline.
|Real Name||Jackman Thomas Harlow|
|Stage Name||Jack Harlow|
|DOB (Age)||March 13, 1998 (age 24)|
|Height||6’2’’ feet (188 cm)|
|Weight||76 Kg (167 Lbs)|
|Net worth||$4-5 Million|
|Total Views||YouTube - 853,465,846 views, TikTok - 2.9 billion views|
Harlow released his first commercial album in November 2015, an EP titled “The Handsome Harlow” which was released on sonaBLAST!, Gill Holland's record label, as reported by Louisville.
Harlow is no stranger to performing in front of people. While he was in high school he often played sold-out shows at prominent Louisville venues like Mercury Ballroom, Headliners, and the Haymarket Whiskey Bar according to Louisville. XXL reported that Harlow opened for Vince Staples in Louisville in March 2015.
The following year, Harlow graduated from high school and released his next mixtape, 18, which was the first album for Private Garde, Harlow’s own label and music collective as reported by Louisville Eccentric Observer. Over the course of the year, Harlow performed at a number of popular festivals like South by Southwest, the Forecastle Festival, and Bonnaroo Music Festival.
Harlow’s next release was “Routine”, in October 2017 which was subsequently followed by the release of “Dark Knight” and its music video. The song was the lead single on Harlow's next mixtape titled Gazebo, which was released in November as reported by XXL. The Louisville Eccentric Observer reported Harlow went on a 14-city tour to support Gazebo, with his friends “The Homies” opening for Harlow.
The following year saw Harlow open for the widely popular indie rock band ‘Portugal. The Man’ on certain tour dates as reported by the Beaver County Times.
MTV reported Harlow moved to Atlanta somewhere around 2018 and supplemented his income by working at a Chick-fil-A located in the Georgia State University cafeteria.
Following an encounter with DJ Drama at the Mean Street Studio, Harlow was signed to Generation Now, DJ Drama and Don Cannon's record label which works in tandem with Atlantic Records. Billboard reported Harlow celebrated this announcement by releasing a music video for his single, “Sundown”.
Later that year, August to be specific, Harlow officially released his first major-label mixtape titled Loose, which was supported by a North American tour that lasted a month as reported by DJ Booth. The mixtape was nominated for the Best Mixtape at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Harlow found mainstream success following the release of his single “Whats Poppin”, which was the lead single from his second EP, Sweet Action. The song quickly went viral on TikTok post its release and the music video for the song was widely viewed surpassing 135 million views as reported by the New York Times and Billboard. Harlow later officially released the EP on March 13, 2020, which also happened to be his 22nd birthday.
Harlow’s next song was a collaboration with G-Eazy on his track, “Moana” which was later followed by the release of a remix of “Whats Poppin” which featured DaBaby, Lil Wayne, and Tory Lanez, with the remix peaking at number two on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Harlow was included in XXL's 2020 Freshman Class even before his first studio album was released. October 2020 saw Harlow release “Tyler Herro”, the lead single from his upcoming debut studio album, That's What They All Say. The track’s music video stars Miami Heat player Tyler Herro and received critical acclaim with the New York Times praising Harlow’s lyrics and delivery, as having “easy, weightless charisma”.
The album was eventually released in December 2020, which was preceded by the release of “Way Out”, the second single from the album. The album also included "Whats Poppin" and its remix. For promotional purposes, Harlow was invited as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where he performed a medley of “Tyler Herro”,“Whats Poppin”, and “Same Guy” with Adam Levine. The episode also saw Harlow perform an NFT-themed parody of ‘Without Me’, Eminem’s hit 2002 single as reported by Complex.
The following year saw Harlow collaborate with a couple of artists that helped him cement himself in the industry. The first collaboration was with Eminem and Cordae for a remix of Eminem's 2020 single, “Killer”, while the second collaboration, “Industry Baby” with Lil Nas X, saw Harlow earn his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Following an almost six-and-a-half-month-long hiatus, Harlow released his next single, “Nail Tech”, the lead single from his upcoming second studio album, titled Come Home the Kids Miss You. The song peaked at number 18 on its debut and received praise from Kanye West, who later invited Harlow to collaborate on Kanye’s song “Louie Bags”, from his album, Donda 2.
Harlow formally announced the title of his second studio album, Come Home the Kids Miss You, on March 16, 2022, and it was scheduled for release in May 2022. Billboard reports that “First Class”, the second single from the album, became a viral sensation on TikTok which catapulted the song to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Harlow his second number-one song. The album features a song called “Dua Lipa”, which is named after popular British pop singer Dua Lipa, and in order to get her permission to include it on the album, Harlow had to play the song to the singer over Facetime as reported by Cosmopolitan.
Music career aside, Harlow announced in March 2022 that he will be making his acting debut in the remake of Calmatic’s White Men Can’t Jump, which is a remake of the 1992 movie.
Harlow is extremely committed to giving and is known for philanthropy as well as social activism. Forbes reported Harlow has raised more than $1 million for nonprofits and HBCUs in his hometown of Louisville.
Harlow has been nominated for several award nominations from institutions such as the Grammys as well as the Billboard Music Awards. He has already graced GQ, Spin, and Complex as their cover model. He is an honorary inclusion to Forbes 30 Under 30 musicians and he was also named Variety’s “Hitmaker of the Year”.
Cosmopolitan reported that Harlow took home $5 million in 2021, most of it coming from brand endorsements. The Louisville rapper called his partnership with KFC “poetic justice”. Apart from being the face of the Colonel’s fried chicken shop, he also endorses New Balance, Buffalo Wild Wings, Call of Duty, Venmo, Tommy Hilfiger, and Cheetos.
As of 2022, Jack Harlow has an estimated net worth of around $4-5 million, according to a report by Cosmopolitan. Harlow has primarily earned his impressive net worth from his music career, YouTube channel, brand endorsements, acting career, and business ventures.
Other than being active on TikTok, Harlow has 6.5 million followers on Instagram. He is also active on Twitter with 1.2 million followers as of June 2022. He currently has 2.08 million subscribers on YouTube and over 5.2 million followers on TikTok, all as of June 2022..
Harlow’s Spotify channel boasts an impressive 53,259,989 monthly listeners
Not a lot of personal information is known about Jack Harlow. People reported in an article that Harlow is currently single, however, when he does date someone, he has the woman fill out an NDA or a non-disclosure agreement before they meet.
The Independent reported Harlow attended the Kentucky Derby in May 2022 and requested members of his security team, who happened to be black men, to carry him in order to avoid getting his shoes dirty. Pictures from the event were eventually published on social media, with prominent pages like LadBible sharing it which led to Harlow receiving a lot of backlash over the internet.
Jack Harlow’s net worth is currently estimated at $4-5 million but it could be higher given how popular he is at the moment.
Jack Harlow is a proud supporter of Chelsea F.C. and even uploaded a story when fellow American Christian Pulisic scored against West Ham recently.
It is rumored that Jack Harlow is dating Addison Rae, following her break up with Bryce Hall when she was spotted hanging out with Harlow. Both parties have made no comments to confirm or deny these rumors.
“What's Poppin” is Jack’s most popular song. However, it is not the original lead track to the EP Sweet Action that made his song viral. The later remix of the song features Tory Lanez, Lil Wayne, and DaBaby, and is the version of the song that went viral on TikTok. However, with the recent release of First Class and its subsequent virality on TikTok, it can be argued that First Class has overtaken What's Poppin as Harlow’s most popular song.