Fans underwhelmed by Jack Harlow’s new album


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Jack Harlow at the NBA All-Star Celebrity game.

24-year-old Jack Harlow released his second studio album entitled “Come Home The Kids Miss You” on May 6. The rapper has received mixed reviews with people calling it “mid” and fans calling it a great album. 

Harlow grew up in Louisville, KY, where he got into rapping at 12. He released his first mixtape “18,” which had a tracklist of seven songs: It was an experimental period of time for him trying to find his voice. He later released more mixtapes and albums like “Loose” and “Confetti,” which were highly praised. It wasn’t till 2020 that he blew up with the hit single “What’s Poppin.” The song went into the Billboard top 100 and he was nominated for best rap performance at the 64th Annual Grammys. Harlow followed up with the album “Sweet Action,” which cemented his name in the industry. His debut album with the Generation Now record label is called “That’s what they all say.”. The album has songs like “Tyler Herro” and “Face of my city,” which charted for some time. He went on a roll of songs that reached the top charts like “Industry Baby” with Lil Nas X, where he received his first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100.

In April he announced his sophomore album “Come Home The Kids You.” He later released the features and the tracklist. Once it came out fans were not impressed. “I was expecting a better album like his other work; some songs were underwhelming but some were great,” sophomore Anthony Johnson said. 

Harlow received cosigns from artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem so fans were expecting something of that caliber. The track has 15 songs with features from Drake, Lil Wayne, Pharell Williams, and more. “When I saw those features I thought they would be great but they turned out to be average; the only one I liked was Churchill Downs,” sophomore Omar Jobe said. 

When I listened to the album for the first time I was impressed with most of the songs and most of them had replay value. The features did well, like Justin Timberlake on the song “Parent Trap.” Both Harlow and Timberlake did well and I hope to see them make songs in the future. On the other hand, Lil Wayne’s features were underwhelming. On the song “Poison,” Harlow had a great verse while Lil Wayne’s autotuned voice just didn’t go with the song. My favorite was “Churchill Downs” with Drake, Harlow and Drake’s storytelling as well as the beat and sample, which drew me in. My top five on the album would be number one “Churchill Downs,” number two, “Like a blade of grass,” number three “poison,” number four “Young Harleezy,” and number five “Movie Star.” I would rate the album a 6.5/10 because it had about five or six good songs while the others were just mediocre.