The young Kentucky rapper only measures his success against Eminem.
Jack Harlow is one of the most vocal Eminem fans in the rap game. He belongs to a generation that listened to Marshall’s music since they were in the mother’s womb, the generation that was inspired by Slim Shady and learned how to rap listening to his records. The generation that sees how every day somebody tries to slam Marshall and disregard his achievements. The generation that learned from Em how to stay cool facing hate.
For his newest album “Jackman”, which dropped today, Jack Harlow recorded a song rapping about staying true to himself and dedicated to the game. In a true hip hop manner he brags about his success and skills, stating that he is the only white rapper that matters after Marshall:
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
They ain’t cut from the same thread like him
They don’t study, doin’ work to get ahead like him
They don’t toss and turn in the fuckin’ bed like him
The last lines blur the lines between Eminem and him, as the descriptors Jack uses can apply to him as well as to Em: constant learning, hard work, obsession with work, and natural talent.
You personally might think that Jack Harlow has a lot of room to grow still, but the fact that Eminem invited Jack to record a verse for the “Killer” remix for “Music to Be Murdered By: Side B” shows that Marshall sees a talent in him.
Listen to Jack Harlow — “They Don’t Love It”