Jack Harlow looks sure to have an off-the-charts 2022, and bizarrely, it’s Harry Potter that he thanks for his success in the rap game.
Harlow made the strange revelation in Los Angeles when he attended the Variety Hitmakers Brunch and took home the ‘Hitmaker of Tomorrow’ award. The ‘What’s Poppin’ rapper took the time to reflect on his love of words and revealed it all began with Hogwarts.
“When I was in the second grade, I went to an elementary school that had a competitive program,” Harlow told the crowd. “You could read a book and then take a quiz on that book, and if you passed the quiz, indicating you had really read the book, you would get awarded a certain amount of points. The bigger more challenging the book, the more points you earned. I read every book I could find. I read all the Harry Potter books. Boy, those Harry Potter books are worth some points.
“So we get to the end of the school year and there’s a big assembly. The entire school is there, in my memory at least it feels like a stadium full of people. The climax of this assembly is the staff announcing the top three students who had read the most, or at least, had been credited the most points for reading.
“In third place they announce some fifth grader, he goes up and they give him his trophy. Second place, another fifth grader — he goes up, they give him a trophy. And in first place, a second grader, they called my name. And I had beat the entire school. I won by a landslide, I probably had quadruple whatever second place had.”
Watch his speech below.