Jack Harlow revealed what his idol taught him about maintaining a career in the music industry, during an appearance on HBO’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted.”
While Harlow decided not to name-drop the fellow musician, he discussed meeting the anonymous idol in detail.
“I was talking to one of my idols that I won’t name, but somebody that I grew up idolizing in the same genre, and I asked him you know, ‘What do you attribute your success to? How have you stayed refreshed and why do you think you’re on this run?’” Harlow said during the episode. “He said, ‘You know one thing about most of these rappers when they’re hot, they can tell you everything about what’s going on, they’re tastemakers right? But the one thing most of these guys can’t do is hear themselves. They don’t have the self-awareness to say, ‘Mmm… that’s it or that isn’t it.’”
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He continued: “So for me it hasn’t always been so much about every shot has to go in. It’s discerning when I missed. I know when I make a record, I know when I sound compelling and I know when I don’t. There’s ego involved in that but I can look at myself, I can hear myself, I’m in the studio, I know when something’s special, and I know when it isn’t.”
After putting together a series of mixtapes throughout the 2010s, Harlow exploded into mainstream success with the release of his 2020 single “What’s Poppin?”