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With Come Home The Kids Miss You, Jack Harlow Proves He's Here To Stay

The 24-year-old rapper dropped his sophomore album on Friday. Here's what we think.
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It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, Jack Harlow was a virtually unknown rapper from Louisville, Kentucky. In the last couple of years, he's made quite the name for himself, and with his release of his new album Come Home The Kids Miss You, he's making one thing very clear – he intends on sticking around.

The album which dropped on Friday, May 6 along with a music video for his hit single "First Class," is his first full length release since his 2020 album That's What They All Say. Harlow's sophomore album boasts a number of star studded collabs – from Drake to Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the pie Jack Harlow is cooking up. This isn't surprising considering Harlow, who is now a Grammy-nominated artist, had his last album peaked at No.5 on the Billboard 200 and "First Class" currently sits at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart.

His come-up has been one for the books. Since his breakout a few years ago, he hasn't slowed down since. "The pressure keeps building but luckily, I'm built for it" he sings in "Young Harleezy." But for Harlow, it isn't enough. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Harlow was asked how it is to have a record like "First Class" change his life and he made it very clear that he's not finished. He's going for more and gunning for gold. "I'm in the midst of it right now," he said "It's another good one, I'm hungry for the next one."

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As an emerging artist Harlow is navigating his own lane. His sound in Come Home The Kids Miss You is just as distinctive as it was in his former album. The album's beats are simple and unsaturated. There's no doubt this is deliberate, Harlow wants you to focus on his words. His flow remains mellow, but his lyrics are cocky. That cockiness is perhaps the most defining pillar of Harlow's brand and this album – and it's working for him. "Can't imagine being you, ooh, I'd hate to be it/I'm done fakin' humble, actin' like I ain't conceited/'Cause, bitch, I am conceited," he sings in "Movie Star," a bouncy, fun track featuring Pharrell.

Throughout the album, Harlow's influences remain clear – particularly his influence from Drake who he enlisted for the track "Churchill Downs." The track carries a chilled out, smooth sound where both rappers open up about their pasts and what it took to get to where they are. Even with Drake on the feature, Harlow doesn't shy away from opening up about how Drake is a direct influence to him, "Before I met Drizzy I knew he and I would get along/But it's really hard to crack jokes when you really want advice/I mean what's it like to touch gold every time you touch a mic."

However, Drake's influence isn't felt in just this one song. Even in other tracks like "Poison" featuring Lil Wayne and "Like A Blade Of Grass," Drake's influence can be heard in the flow, melodic singing and in even some of the background instruments. Whether this crosses the line from influence to imitation can probably be decided by the fact that Drake signed on for a feature. At the end of the day Harlow is working hard to forage his own sound and image. His goal is clearly longevity, and he's taking a page out of his influences' books to get there.

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Come Home The Kids Miss You is available to stream now and you can view the music video for "First Class" below.

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Ammal Hassan
Ammal Hassan is a writer and Esquire's Snapchat Editor. She covers all things culture with a focus on music and pop culture. She is from Nairobi, Kenya and lives in New York City.
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