Jackman Thomas Harlow (born March 13, 1998) is an American rapper. He is signed to Don Cannon and DJ Drama's Generation Now through Atlantic Records. He is also the co-founder of his own musical collective, Private Garden. He is best known for his 2020 single "Whats Poppin", which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Jack Harlow was born and raised in Shelbyville, Kentucky, and then moved to Louisville at the age of twelve where he would begin his rap career. He is the son of Maggie (Payette) Harlow, a businesswoman, and Brian Harlow, and was raised on a horse farm. Harlow began rapping at age 12 when he and his family moved from Shelbyville. He and his friend Sharath used a Guitar Hero microphone and a laptop to record rhymes and songs. They made a CD entitled Rippin' and Rappin' and sold copies at their school (Highland Middle School). When he was in seventh grade, Harlow acquired a professional microphone and made his first mixtape, Extra Credit, using the moniker "Mr. Harlow." He formed a collective called "Moose Gang" with various friends; during this time, he worked on two mixtapes that were ultimately never released: "Moose Gang" and "Music for the Deaf."
Harlow went to Bloom Elementary then attended Atherton High School, graduating in 2016. During his freshman year, his YouTube videos drew the attention of major labels, but he chose not to pursue any of the deals offered to him at the time. In November 2014 during his junior year, he released another mixtape, Finally Handsome. In interviews, Harlow has stated he was completely sober throughout high school.
In November 2015, Harlow released his first commercial album, an EP entitled The Handsome Harlow. It was released through Gill Holland's sonaBLAST! record label. Throughout high school, he often played sold out shows at Louisville venues like the Mercury Ballroom, Headliners, and the Haymarket Whiskey Bar. In early 2016, he released a single, "Never Woulda Known", which featured Johnny Spanish and was produced by Syk Sense. In March of that year, he opened for Vince Staples in Louisville.
In June 2016, less than a month after graduating high school, he released the mixtape, 18, which was the first album on his label and music collective, Private Garden. The collective also features Harlow's frequent collaborators, the Homies, composed of Louisville rappers and producers Ace Pro, 2forwOyNE, Shloob, Quiiso, and Ronnie Lucciano. Over the course of the next year, Harlow performed at South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, and the Forecastle Festival. He also spent time traveling back and forth between Louisville and Atlanta to work with engineer/mixer, KY Engineering. In March 2017, he released the song "Hitchcock", produced by 2forwOyNE and J-Reid.
In the summer of 2017, he released the single "Routine". In October of that year, he released another single, "Dark Knight", with an accompanying music video. He credits CyHi the Prynce with helping him work through his writer's block and finish the song. The song would become the lead single off Harlow's mixtape Gazebo, which was released in November 2017. He went on a 14-city Gazebo Tour in support of the album. The Homies opened for Harlow, and the tour ended in January 2018. In May 2018, Harlow opened for indie rock band, Portugal. The Man on select tour dates. The following month, he was featured alongside Lil James and Sixteen on the Skeme song "Get Sumn".
After he moved to Atlanta, he worked at the Georgia State Cafeteria to supplement his income. Harlow has said of his time working at the cafeteria: "At the time, the nostalgia of it was beautiful for me. I met a lot of cool people there and it was humbling. It was good." A month after working at the cafeteria he was introduced to DJ Drama at Mean Street Studio.
In August 2018, it was announced that Harlow had signed to DJ Drama and Don Cannon's Atlantic Records imprint, Generation Now. He also released a video for his single "Sundown" on the day of the announcement. On August 17, Harlow released his major label debut mixtape, Loose. The album featured guest verses from CyHi the Prynce, K Camp, 2forwOyNE, and Taylor. In September 2018, he performed at the Genius IQ/BBQ event. In November 2018, Harlow embarked on a North American tour in support of Loose which ended in December. That month, he also released a music video for the song, "PickYourPhoneUp", featuring K Camp. On August 21, 2019, Harlow released the single "Thru the Night" featuring Bryson Tiller. He then released a 12-track mixtape named "Confetti", with features from the previously mentioned Bryson Tiller, as well as 2forwOyNE and EST Gee and launched his US tour, which started in October of the same year.
In January 2020, he released "Whats Poppin", produced by JustYaBoy-Justin Atson with a music video from video director Cole Bennett, who had also directed videos for artists such as Juice Wrld, Lil Tecca, Lil Skies, and Blueface. The music video has surpassed 90 million views as of September 2020. On his most recent birthday, March 13, 2020, he released a seven-track project called Sweet Action.
In May 2020, Harlow released the single "Moana" with G-Eazy. The song became his second entry on the Canadian Hot 100, peaking at number 72.
On August 11, Harlow was included on XXL's 2020 Freshman Class.
On October 22nd, 2020, Harlow released the single Tyler Herro, featuring the NBA player in the music video.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|The Handsome Harlow||
As lead artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"It's Pointless"||2014||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Finally Handsome|
|"Every Night"||2015||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Handsome Harlow|
|"Never Woulda Known"
|"Thru the Night"
(featuring Bryson Tiller)
(solo or featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne)
|"Automatic"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Madden NFL 21|
As featured artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Tap In (Remix)"
(Saweetie featuring DaBaby, Post Malone, and Jack Harlow)
||Pretty Bitch Music|