Although Jack Harlow has been active in the music industry since 2015, he rose to fame in 2020 when his song ‘What’s Poppin” gained popularity on TikTok.
After a Grammy Award nomination, Harlow quickly became one of rap’s rising stars. Following a chart-topping collaboration with Lil Nas X in 2021 with ‘Industry Baby’, Harlow released the hugely successful single ‘First Class’, which debuted at number one.
However, Harlow has now made the bold claim that he is the best white rapper since Eminem. On his new album, Jackman, released last Friday (April 28th), a track entitled ‘They Don’t Love It’ sees Harlow make the declaration.
He raps, referencing Eminem’s hit song ‘Lose Yourself’, “The hardest white boy since the one who rapped about vomit and sweaters/ And hold the comments ’cause I promise you I’m honestly better than whoever came to your head right then.”
In 2021, Harlow told Pitchfork that Eminem has always been a major inspiration: “When I was nine through thirteen, that’s really who I wanted to be. I used to watch 8 Mile, and I’ll watch the scene of them in the warehouse and just get off like–, that movie and the freestyles at the end, I knew the lyrics to all of ’em. I love Eminem, and I don’t like […] that it’s the new wave to slander him.”