Jack Harlow, a 24-year-old rapper from Louisville, Kentucky, ruffled feathers a few weeks ago when he revealed he had no idea that Brandy and Ray J were siblings. Much of the uproar criticized Jack’s place in the Hip-Hop and Rap industry, and accused him of being ignorant to important aspects of the culture. Nevertheless, the ‘First Class’ rapper took the scrutiny in stride, and revealed that he attributes much of his success to the support he receives from Black women.
Black women are such a massive part of my career,” Jack told Teen Vogue.
Jack Harlow’s goal is to “make sure people don’t think of Louisville hip-hop and only think of one white guy.” And a large part of putting on for his city is recognizing not only the role that Black women have played in the creation of Hip-Hop, but the ways in which Black women have impacted him as an individual and a rapper.
I was telling The New York Times how it’s not a massive phenomenon to me because it’s just a continuation of how my life was before I was famous. They’ll never have to worry about not being credited by me…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.
Jack’s praises of Black women come on the heels of Lil Uzi showing him love last week. Uzi stated that Harlow isn’t deserving of the hate he’s been receiving and insisted that white privilege doesn’t play a role in his recent success. Harlow seems to agree, as he told Teen Vogue:
I love Black women. I’ve loved Black women my whole life.”
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