Jack Harlow said that the Harry potter the books are responsible for bringing out a competitive side in his personality which bodes well for his career.
The rapper, whose collaboration with Lil Nas X, “Industry Baby,” earned him his first number one single earlier this year, referred to JK Rowling’s fantasy novels during an acceptance speech at the Variety Hitmakers Brunch on Saturday. December 4.
By accepting the Hitmaker of Tomorrow Award, Harlow recalled how avid reading and a school competition prepared him for lyric writing as well as the competitive nature of rap music.
âWhen I was in second grade, I went to an elementary school that had a competitive curriculum. You can read a book and then take a quiz on that book, and if you pass the quiz, indicating that you have actually read the book, you will get a certain number of points, âhe said.
âThe harder the book, the more points you earn. I read all the books I could find. I read all the Harry potter books. Boy, those Harry potter the books are worth a few points, âhe continued.
âSo we come to the end of the school year and there is a big assembly. The whole school is there, in my memory at least, it’s like a stadium full of people. The highlight of this assembly is the staff announcing the top three students who read the most, or at least received the most points for reading.
âIn third place, they announce a fifth grader, he goes up and they give him his trophy. Second place, another fifth-grader – he goes up, they give him a trophy. And first, a second grader, they called my name. And I had beaten the whole school. I won by a landslide, I probably quadrupled regardless of second place.
After realizing that he had won, young Harlow went to accept his prize with his “buzzcut, his glasses and his crooked teeth”.
He continued, âBefore today, this was the only time in my life that I stood up in front of a crowd and won an award. I just want to be clear, when I was a kid I was a bit more introverted. Or at least I allowed myself to be introverted. I was not silent, I had friends, but I was much more comfortable observing and appreciating my own thoughts. I think if you would take a picture of me on that stage and show this kid, he would be pretty blown away.
âBut to be honest, all the ingredients were there. It was a competition and it brought out the competitor in me, which is a big part of the kind I’m in. All of this reading is what made me the writer I am now, and I’m pretty sure that’s what will make me the Hitmaker of tomorrow. So thank you very much, I really appreciate you.
In other news, the rapper in October shared his thoughts on how Kanye West sees himself and his music at this point in his career.
Speaking in a recent interview, Harlow was asked about West’s “doom aesthetic”, referring to her current fashion choices and the cult energy that surrounds her recent stadium gatherings to promote the new album ” DONDA “.
âI think he sees himself as Mozart or Beethoven,â Harlow said GQ. “I think he’s worried, not what it looks like now, but what it will look like 100 years from now.”