If Jack Harlow has any say in it, he's looking to have one of the songs of the summer for a third consecutive year. Following the runaway successes of "What's Poppin" and "Industry Baby," "First Class" arrives with a perfect storm of nostalgia, TikTok support, and a traditional earworm of a hook. Produced by Rogét Chahayed, BabeTruth, Charlie Handsome, Jasper Harris & Nickie Jon Pabón, "First Class" is Jack's second single from his forthcoming album Come Home the Kids Miss You. The new single follows the brassy "Nail Tech" which peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Without flashy bars or marquee features, Jack Harlow’s third album aims for clarity with soft, expensive beats and cloyingly intimate storytelling. When the cover art for Jackman. dropped, people did not know what to make of Jack Harlow standing there, arms crossed and chest bare. I certainly didn’t. Maybe it’s that Jackman. is as stripped down as the artist: Devoid of features and sparsely populated by hooks. He’s rapping over samples that he definitely could not afford in 2018. Instead of telling us how rich he is now, he lets the luxurious production speak for itself. The confrontational opener “Common Ground” was admittedly predictable: Harlow takes aim at out-of-touch music critics and culturally appropriating white kids. Divine hymnal harmonies from ’90s R&B girl group Jade’s “When Will I See You Again (Intro)” set the contemplative tone. A music video would probably have him rapping from a pulpit.
Machine Gun Kelly shared a new freestyle on Saturday in which he raps over JAY-Z’s The Blueprint track, “Renegade,” featuring Eminem. Despite his beef with Eminem, the song doesn’t include any direct shots at the rapper, although he does take aim at Jack Harlow. Harlow had recently claimed to be the “hardest white boy” since Eminem on his “They Don’t Love It” track. Harlow released the song on his latest album, Jackman, which he dropped last month.