The Louisville native burst on the scene immediately after he dropped “What’s Poppin”. Although already a proven talent, Jack didn’t get much exposure until that track popped off. Getting features from DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne on the remixed version of “What’s Poppin” put him on the radar for most rap fans if the original version didn’t. Jack Harlow is back with his first studio album Thats What They All Say.
This album displays Jack’s versatility as an artist. From quick flows with clever punchlines to softer, slower bars, Jack has something for everyone. The most disappointing part of this album is that the best tracks were released before the album. “Whats Poppin”, “Whats Poppin (Remix)”, “Tyler Herro”, and “Way Out (feat. Big Sean)” all dropped as singles or as a preview to the album (“Way Out” being released two days before the album). We see some bigger features on this album, which is expected as Jack is officially mainstream now. Big Sean, Chris Brown, Adam Levine, Lil Baby, and others appear throughout the 15 tracks on the LP.
Note: I won’t include “Whats Poppin” or “Tyler Herro” on my top tracks list because they were released before the album, but I will include “Way Out (feat. Big Sean)” because it was only released two days before the album. “Whats Poppin” and Tyler Herro” would be my top two tracks if they were on this list. Without further ado, here are my top three tracks.
My Top 3 Tracks
3. Face of My City (feat. Lil Baby)
Jack is the face of Louisville when it comes to the rap game, there’s no questioning that. Lil Baby, on the other hand, is in no way the face of Atlanta. This song had so much potential until Lil Baby mumbles recycled bars about money, bitches, and guns. Someone’s gotta tell Lil Baby to get the pacifier out of his mouth because we can hardly understand him. In all seriousness, this track could’ve been way better if it was solely Jack on the track. The beat is flames and Jack shines here.
2. Baxter Avenue
This track is straight bars, no hook. Jack shows you what he’s lyrically capable of with this one. He pays respect to his hometown of Louisville and how he lived before he became famous. Jack’s reminiscent tone is complimented by an ominous beat. He finishes up the song by looking to the future: “I fantasize 'bout a day that we all swimming in it”, referring to money.
1. Way Out (feat. Big Sean)
This track bumps. The beat is fire and Jack teams up with a rapper that compliments his style in Big Sean. Jack raps about getting paid for doing shows, his girls, and how he prefers steakhouse dinners over Whole Foods. Easily the best feature on the album, Big Sean spits a solid verse. Shit is a jam.
Album Rating: 8.3/10
Jack solidifies himself as one of the hottest rappers in the game right now with his first studio album.
- Same Guy (feat. Adam Levine)
Check out the tracklist on Spotify and Apple Music below.
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