Jack Harlow shoots for the stars and aims for the moon on “Thats What They All Say.”
“Rendezvous” is the ideal intro for a debut album.
Jack Harlow lets us know how hard it was for him to reach greatness in “Rendezvous.” While the best thing about the song might be the beat that powers it, I think that it is hard to ignore the confidence, the humility, and the sturdy flows Harlow raps with.
I just knew that Jack Harlow was going to come out swinging on this album.
4. ALREADY BEST FRIENDS
Jack Harlow and Chris Brown don’t switch places on “Already Best Friends;” instead, they make a club banger being their regular selves (Do you hear that, Lil Dicky?).
Jack Harlow hits us with a pretty solid vocal performance and raps that will make your girl Hot-N-Ready like a five-dollar pizza from Lil Caesars on “Already Best Friends.” As for Chris Brown, he turns the song up a few notches by blessing us with a vocal performance that is more dramatic than the last season of Moesha. Together, the two musicians sound like dudes that deserve our girls.
3. TYLER HERRO
Tyler Herro and Jack Harlow are two ‘Rookie of the Year’ candidates.
Kentucky has had an up-and-down year. While the state f**ked up Breona Taylor’s case, it did breed a dope-ass rapper in Jack Harlow and help breed a very good baller in Tyler Herro. In “Tyler Herro,” the former pays homage to the latter.
You get nothing but cooler than a cucumber/braggadocios/competitive/trill-ass bars by Jack Harlow on “Tyler Herro.” The song also features a flute-heavy beat that will make a ratchet snake come out of a vase in the hood.
Tyler Herro and Jack Harlow have more swag than I ever wished for.
Jack Harlow puts up a gripping performance on “Creme.”
Jack Harlow meets the dramatic-ass beat that powers “Creme” at the rim. Not only does he gift us with a melody that you will feel in your soul, but he also hits us with lyrics that should prove to you that he really is one of the coldest heartbreakers, money-makers, celebrities, and Caucasians on this planet!
1. WHATS POPPIN
“Whats Poppin” is nominated for a f**king Grammy this year, folks (Sometimes we have to exaggerate how amazing that is)!
No bulls**t, when I first heard “Whats Poppin,” I was blown away. Not only was I impressed with Jack’s swag, but I was also impressed with how effortlessly he rode the booming beat that powers the song. Jack’s comical/slick-ass lyrics about getting neck, eating lavishly, and drinking water was the icing on the cake for me.
Friendly reminder: The remix to “Whats Poppin” is the best remix to release this year.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. RENDEVOUS (5/5) (BEST OF THE BEST MIXTAPE ADD)
2. FACE OF MY CITY (4/5)
3. 21C/DELTA (3/5)
4. FUNNY SEEING YOU HERE (4/5)
5. WAY OUT (4/5)
6. ALREADY BEST FRIENDS (4/5) (BEST OF THE BEST MIXTAPE ADD)
7. KEEP IT LIGHT (4/5)
8. CREME (4/5) (BEST OF THE BEST MIXTAPE ADD)
9. SAME GUY (4/5)
10. ROUTE 66 (4/5)
11. TYLER HERRO (4/5)(BEST OF THE BEST MIXTAPE ADD)
12. LUV IS DRO (4/5)
13. WHATS POPPIN (5/5)
14. BAXTER AVENUE (4/5)
15. WHATS POPPIN (REMIX) (4/5)
At the tender age of 22, Jack Harlow has a Grammy nomination and a debut album that is pretty damn good (Welp, I’m pretty sure that he’s going to win rookie of the year).
Jack Harlow has a very simple name, but there is nothing simple about his style of rapping or persona. On Thats What They All Say, the Louisville rapper impresses with big-boy punchlines, impressive flows, sly-ass lyrics, and sneaky good melodies. He also gives off the aura of someone that wants to be viewed as one of the greats.
The beats on Thats What They All Say are so f**king good! Some hit harder than Jake Paul, while others boast either soulful, old school, or chill-ass vibes. As for the guests on the album, they do a good job of either matching Jack’s grandiose style or complimenting it.
The one and only beef I have with Thats What They All Say is that I feel like Jack could’ve covered a broader range of topics on the album. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hearing him talk about slaying women and balling until the cows come home, but I really enjoy when he talks about his come-up like he did on songs like “Rendezvous” and “Baxter Avenue.” I expect Harlow’s willingness to dive deeper into his content bag to grow in the future.
For those of you that want to call Jack Harlow a punk-ass white boy that doesn’t look the part of your average rapper, just to let you know, the last person to say something similar to that had a 40-point triple-double put on their head (Prepare yourself, dude is coming)…
What Grade Do You Give “That’s What They All Say” By Jack Harlow?
— Ratings Game Music (@RatingsGame) December 11, 2020
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.