In a new interview with The breakfast clubJack Harlow, who has just dropped his new album Go home, you miss the kidssaid he added more bars to his verse on “Churchill Downs” after hearing Drake’s contribution to the track.
When the song appeared in conversation at 4:00 p.m., Harlow said he was “devastated” by the leak of the track, leading Charlamagne to ask, “When you heard Drake’s verse, did you want to rewrite yours ?”
“I wanted to add more,” he replied. “The moment he did. He has become stupid. … I feel like it’s one of my best verses. But he got so mad that I was like, ‘Yo, I’m gonna have to add bars or everyone’s gonna say he ate me on my shit.’ When asked if he had, in fact, added more bars to the track, he replied, “Yeah, I did.” Initially, Drake’s verse on the track was longer than Harlow’s, but the album version includes “new bars” and their verses “are the same length now”.
Charlamagne asked if he thought it was “disrespectful” when a rapper spins a guest verse that tops the original artist, to which Harlow admitted he was “divided” over it. “I actually feel like it almost comes from a place of respect, because they had to get into that bag,” he continued. “I don’t know how I could feel disrespected because what are you supposed to say to someone, you know?” … Some of his bars meant so much to me that I could tell he was nodding at me in a way that made me feel good. Charlamagne joked that Drake just wanted to “body” the DJ Drama artist on his own song, and Harlow laughed, “I doubt it.”
He also reflected on his first encounter with Drake and said he first met the rapper OVO in 2019. “He was walking through the party, saw me and came up to me,” he said. “At the time, I was pretty wide-eyed, I didn’t have a big record at all. But he slapped me and said, ‘Yo, you got some hard shit.’ He just told me it meant the world to me.
From there, he continued to talk about the videos of them together in the Turks and Caicos Islands, especially the clip that showed Harlow hiding next to Drizzy while he was on the phone. “I didn’t see his phone, I was looking in his earlobe,” he said, which he called “very clean.”
Earlier this month, the Kentucky rapper went viral after a video showed two NBA referees asking who Jack Harlow was. During that same match, he appeared to play with a camerawoman filming the pitch. “People were crazy on the internet, you know, her and I were laughing the whole game,” he said at 9:15 p.m. You know, I ended up apologizing to her because I never imagined this would happen.
At 1:30 p.m., she was asked if Dua Lipa responded to her track that bears her name. “Not publicly,” he said. “I wanted to get her blessing, so I FaceTimed her and played it for her because I didn’t want her to be blindsided by it, or you know, scared or whatever. … If she had said, ‘Yo I hate this, I don’t want this to come out’, it wouldn’t have come out. But, she was like, ‘Oh, I mean… It’s not my song, I guess that’s okay.’ She was just kind of thrown off, and she just let it go.
Asked by Charlamagne if he has a crush on the singer, he replied with a smile: “I admire her”. He said their conversations since have been “less awkward” and that she will “enjoy the song more” as it comes out. “Not if it fails, if it fails you don’t stand a chance with her, mate,” Charlamagne said, to which Harlow replied, “You’re right.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Harlow said his mother introduced him to rap music, and when he was told he was to appear on Kanye’s 2 She cried. Also to coincide with the release of his new album, he sat down for a lengthy interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music.
“More than anything, I just take notes from him [Drake] on his actions,” Harlow told Lowe. “He leaves a plan behind, you know what I mean? The same way Jay left a map. The same way Ye left a map. …I’m just pulling from the playbook of all the legends where it resonates with me. Ye is a huge to me, just resonates massively with me. I see what he did. But I think it all comes down to just being the way of not being a street performer. Because it’s just something so traditionally street like that. And if you’re not from the streets… I’m not the first artist to go through this, am I.
He also shared his initial reaction to Drake’s verse on “Churchill Downs,” which he said disappointed him with the leak. “I was really so blown away by her verse as a whole,” he added. “I touched on things on my verse that I don’t expect him to have to answer for. … He was sticking something out of his chest and I don’t even think it’s up to me to shed some light or clarify.
Since his rise to fame, the rapper has been accused of being an “industrial factory,” but he said that couldn’t be further from the truth. “My career had very humble beginnings,” he explained. “It makes me so proud to be able to truly say that I’m like, out of everyone in the game right now, one of the furthest from [an industry plant].” He added that he had already explored this on his songs, doing open-mic shows, South by Southwest, and other low-key shows and festivals before he topped the charts.
“My first tour, I went to Madison, Wisconsin, I did a bar with eight people, like I felt like I wasn’t the guy at all,” he said. “I felt it all, I did that, but it’s like you said, once you’re there in that bubble, and if people haven’t seen any of that, they’re like :” Where is he from? Wow, he just knocked it into his lap.
Watch Jack Harlow breakfast club interview above and stream his new album here.