Wed Apr 8, 8:00 PM - Wed Apr 8, 11:00 PM
2549 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

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Jack Harlow reps Kentucky through and through. The 21-year-old Louisville, KY rhymer has a strong sense of pride for his home state, shown in the cover art for his new project Confetti; a close-up photo of himself wearing a “KY” chain. Clearly, this is what he’s about. “I think it’s a place that people are somewhat unfamiliar with,” he says. “But there’s a lot of culture here and I just want to put it on the map.”

On his new mixtape, Confetti, the follow-up to his widely-acclaimed breakthrough Loose, which was recently nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards, he explains the main differences between 2018’s Loose and Confetti is his approach to recording and songwriting, promising to bring more introspection than on his previous effort. “I’m talking about women. I’m talking about my vices and just the way I feel at 21 years old,” he says. “It’s personal, but it is fun. I’m talking about my daily life, the things I’m seeing, the things I’m feeling.”

He is continuing to spotlight Kentucky talent with features from EST Gee and 2forwOyne, who is part of his Private Garden collective, a group of multi-faceted creatives originating from Louisville. Then there’s “THRU THE NIGHT” featuring fellow Louisville, KY native Bryson Tiller, a dream collaboration finally

realized. “People wanted to hear that. I know it gives the city inspiration,” he says of the two linking up. The song has a pitched-up sample of Usher’s “U Don’t Have to Call” that screams nostalgia while the music video was shot in a roller rink.

Influenced by artists like André 3000, Missy Elliott, Drake, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, and Black Eyed Peas, Harlow’s mission is to prove that Kentucky can create its own unified sound. Growing up, he wanted to become a rapper because he liked expressing himself with words. The bravado and confidence that emanates from rap songs encouraged him to make his own music. He started to rap at the age of 12,

remixing songs and catching some hate from his middle school peers after sharing it on Facebook. “But I caught a lot of encouragement too. I got a lot of kids [saying] like, ‘You got talent,’” he remembers. Once he reached high school, Harlow focused on becoming a better MC and defining his s

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