Jack Harlow says acting allows more freedom than hip-hop
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Jack Harlow says acting allows more freedom than hip-hop

Following the scathing reviews of his 2022 album Come Home The Kids Miss You, Jack Harlow has come back stronger than ever but this time in an acting capacity. Due to his project, the 25-year-old rapper was subject to some harsh critical feedback last year. However, the emcee has returned to prove that he is more than just an artist but can also shine as an actor. 

Last year, the promising African-American director Charles Kidd II got the green light to help produce a remake of the iconic 1992 basketball film White Men Can’t Jump. Looking for new talent, the casting directors took a chance on Jack Harlow to play a lead, and now he has come to several realisations concerning the discipline of acting.

Following an exclusive screening in New York, the Kentucky lyricist participated in a cast Q&A where he was asked about his experience filming the motion picture. Elaborating on his journey, Harlow declared, “Through this film I was able to gain my confidence as an actor, and to me, this sh*t is not a side quest,” he said. “This isn’t a side mission that I’m tacking on just to keep the entertainer thing going and make some extra money.” The act even admitted he found it more challenging than rapping, insisting, “acting is way harder than music, if you ask me; way more gruelling, so I loved the challenge and so grateful that this was the start.”

The ‘First Class’ act even expressed that he had developed a genuine love for the discipline, announcing, “I really got the bug and fell in love with this, and I’m developing a deep passion for the craft of this the same way I had in music. I don’t want it to be a side hustle, I want to full-on go after this, and I’m going after it, and I’m going to continue to do more.” 

This exciting new remake of the 1992 movie won’t be available to watch in theatres. However, it is instead set to be released through the media streaming service Hulu. The movie features other well-known figures in hip-hop and R’n’B culture, including Teyana Taylor and Vince Staples. You can watch the enthralling trailer for the film in the video below.