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5 Takeaways From Jack Harlow's 'Come Home The Kids Miss You'
Jack Harlow performs at Music Midtown 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia

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5 Takeaways From Jack Harlow's 'Come Home The Kids Miss You'

One of the biggest names in rap just dropped his sophomore album. GRAMMY.com highlights five key details about Jack Harlow's 'Come Home The Kids Miss You.'

GRAMMYs/May 6, 2022 - 11:12 pm

On May 6, at the stroke of midnight, the hip-hop and pop worlds successfully collided when Jack Harlow released Come Home the Kids Miss You. His second major-label album was released via a joint venture between Generation Now and Atlantic Records.

The 24-year-old Louisville native has made a name for himself as one of the most sought-after performers in the game — and he's not slacking at all on
Come Home the Kids Miss You, upping his witty and technically sound barbs.  Composed of 15 tracks and clocking in at 45 minutes, Harlow takes listeners through a myriad of experiences that connect back to his hometown and demonstrate why studying the greats has paid off.

Come Home the Kids Miss You is full of good old-fashioned throne-taking ambition. And as the rapper craves centrist hip-hop acclaim, Harlow's latest is proof that his past few years of hard work are now paying off with dividends. GRAMMY.com breaks down five key details from the record that listeners will enjoy.

1. 2forwOyNE's Chill Chords Power Jack Harlow's Party

Come Home the Kids Miss You boasts guest appearances from Pharrell Williams ("Movie Star"), Justin Timberlake ("Parent Trap"), John Mayer ("Nail Tech"), and Lil Wayne ("Poison") — but none of these features siphon from Harlow's star power. Rather, they boost his stock, and Harlow plays second fiddle to no one on his own record.

Beyond the album, the Kentucky rapper is even close to the precipice of rap's A-list. Harlow joined Kanye West and Lil Nas X onstage at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards and will make his acting debut in the upcoming White Men Can't Jump reboot — a promise that Harlow will be a force you cannot ignore for years to come.

2. Superstar Appearances Don't Overshadow Jack's Star Power

Come Home the Kids Miss You boasts guest appearances from Pharrell Williams ("Movie Star"), Justin Timberlake ("Parent Trap"), John Mayer ("Nail Tech"), and Lil Wayne ("Poison") — but none of these features siphon from Harlow's star power. Rather, they boost his stock, and Harlow plays second fiddle to no one on his own record.

Beyond the album, the Kentucky rapper is even close to the precipice of rap's A-list. Harlow joined Kanye West and Lil Nas X onstage at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards and will make his acting debut in the upcoming White Men Can't Jump reboot — a promise that Harlow will be a force you cannot ignore for years to come.

3. Pop Classics Earn Top-Billing On Sophomore Record

From the classic "No, No, No" by Destiny's Child being sampled on "Talk Of The Town" to Fergie's "Glamorous" setting up "First Class" for chart-topping success, Come Home the Kids Miss You features some solid late '90s, early 2000s pop references. Throughout, the Homies' and Jack Harlow's squad of producers have developed a record that can be seamlessly enjoyed with friends or in an intimate fashion.

4. Jack Harlow Shoots His Shot At Your Favorite Celeb Crush

Like his idol Drake, Jack Harlow knows how to make memeable raps. He also has a penchant for delivering bars that will have women in a tizzy, which is why it is amazing to see him try to land some of music's most eligible bachelorettes. Harlow has upped the level when it comes to shooting one's song through song. On "Dua Lipa," named after, duh, Dua Lipa, he strives to "do more with her than do a feature," while on "First Class," the rapper busts a move while getting ready for his night with Brazilian singer Anitta.

It is no secret that Harlow loves the ladies and gets it right back in return, but Come Home the Kids Miss You is a masterclass on how to get the object of your affection's attention with intention.

5. Come Home the Kids Miss You Is Going to Do Numbers

"First Class" gave Jack Harlow his first Billboard Hot 100 solo chart-topper in April, and ahead of the album release, Chicago rapper Lil Durk tweeted, "Told Jack Harlow a couple of days ago he gone do 200k first week." And while the reports haven't come in just yet, those "Young Drake" vibes may carry him to the top of the pop.

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Watch Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow Give A Show-Stopping Performance Of "Industry Baby" | 2022 GRAMMYs
(L-R): Jack Harlow & Lil Nas X

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Watch Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow Give A Show-Stopping Performance Of "Industry Baby" | 2022 GRAMMYs

Lil Nas' medley at the 64th GRAMMY Awards also included "Dead Right Now" and "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)"

GRAMMYs/Apr 4, 2022 - 02:05 am

Lil Nas X had everyone on their feet for his exhilarating medley at the 2022 GRAMMYs, which included MONTERO album highlights "Dead Right Now," "Industry Baby" and "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."

"Dead Right Now" served as the cinematic opener, as Lil Nas X performed alongside a massive backing choir and drummers. The two-time GRAMMY winner quickly dove into "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," giving a wink to the single's nationwide controversy with news coverage clips and tweets plastered onto the screen. 

Lil Nas X amped up the energy with the addition of "Industry Baby," his hit collaboration with fellow rapper Jack Harlow. Seemingly paying homage to Michael Jackson's iconic fashion during 1995's HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I era and Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" video, Lil Nas and his dancers showcased militant choreography. 

Harlow was the perfect performance topper, entering the stage with his infectious swagger and cheeky guest verse. The near-tangible energy reflected Lil Nas X's massive past year, as "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" and "Industry Baby" became his respective second and third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits following 2019's "Old Town Road."

Lil Nas X earned five nominations at the 64th GRAMMYs ceremony. "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" scored nods for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Music Video, while the rapper also received nods for Album Of The Year (MONTERO) and Best Melodic Rap Performance ("Industry Baby").

Check out the complete list of winners and nominees at the 2022 GRAMMYs.

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First Round Of 2022 GRAMMYs Performers Announced: BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile & Brothers Osborne
Top Row (L-R): BTS, Billie Eilish, Brothers Osborne; Bottom Row (L-R): Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile

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First Round Of 2022 GRAMMYs Performers Announced: BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile & Brothers Osborne

Who is performing at the 2022 Grammys? Taking the stage at Music's Biggest Night will be current nominees BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile, and Brothers Osborne.

GRAMMYs/Mar 15, 2022 - 02:00 pm

Editor's Note: Foo Fighters will no longer perform at the 2022 GRAMMYs, although a tribute to Taylor Hawkins will take place.

The Recording Academy has announced the first slate of artists to perform at the upcoming 2022 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards. Taking the stage on Music's Biggest Night will be current nominees Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, and Olivia Rodrigo. Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and hosted by Trevor Noah, the 2022 GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

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Brothers Osborne received two GRAMMY nominations this year for Best Country Duo/Group Performance ("Younger Me") and Best Country Album (Skeletons). 

Current nominees BTS are up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("Butter").

Six-time GRAMMY winner Brandi Carlile is nominated for Record Of The Year ("Right On Time"), Song Of The Year ("Right On Time"), Song Of The Year ("A Beautiful Noise" with Alicia Keys), Best Pop Solo Performance ("Right On Time"), and Best American Roots Performance ("Same Devil").

Seven-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Billie Eilish received seven nominations this year: Record Of The Year ("Happier Than Ever"), Album Of The Year (Happier Than Ever), Song Of The Year ("Happier Than Ever"), Best Pop Solo Performance ("Happier Than Ever"), Best Pop Vocal Album (Happier Than Ever), Best Music Video ("Happier Than Ever"), and Best Music Film (Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles). 

Read: Billie Eilish's Road To Happier Than Ever: How The Superstar Continues To Break Pop's Status Quo

Two-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Lil Nas X is nominated for Record Of The Year ("Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"), Album Of The Year (Montero), Song Of The Year ("Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"), Best Melodic Rap Performance ("Industry Baby"), and Best Music Video ("Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"). Previous GRAMMY nominee Jack Harlow has two nominations this year for his work on Montero, in the categories of Best Melodic Rap Performance and Album Of The Year.

First-time GRAMMY nominee Olivia Rodrigo is up for seven GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year ("drivers license"), Album Of The Year (SOUR), Song Of The Year ("drivers license"), Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance ("drivers license"), Best Pop Vocal Album (SOUR), and Best Music Video ("good 4 u").

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Tamika Mallory To Host Pull Up & Vote Party Livestream Featuring Barack Obama, Questlove & More

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Tamika Mallory To Host Pull Up & Vote Party Livestream Featuring Barack Obama, Questlove & More

The star-studded online party will feature a DJ set from Questlove and conversations on important issues surrounding the 2020 Presidential Election ballots

GRAMMYs/Oct 20, 2020 - 01:12 am

Tomorrow, Tues., Oct. 20, Complex is throwing a "Pull Up & Vote Party" livestream hosted by activist and Women's March co-founder Tamika Mallory. The 90-minute virtual voter engagement event will feature appearances from Barack Obama and artists A$AP Ferg, Jack Harlow, Chloe x Halle and SAINt JHN. Questlove will keep things groovy with a DJ set.

As Complex explains, "the event serves as a celebration of the importance of participating in the upcoming election while firmly understanding the variety of issues that could shape American life for years to come." It is part of their 2020 Pull Up & Vote voting campaign—the website has resources to check registration, vote by mail, find a polling place and more.

"They said they wanted a revolutionary to have a seat at the table so I'm pulling up," Mallory wrote in her Instagram post about the event.

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Former President Obama also spoke about Pull Up & Vote, as well as the vital importance of civic engagement, via Complex:

"One of the most inspiring things about this year has been to see so many young Americans fired up, organizing, marching and fighting for change. In times as polarized as these, your vote doesn't just matter, it matters more than ever before… Participate and vote; it's not always pretty—trust me, I know—but it's how bit by bit, we've made progress over the generations."

You can catch the Pull Up & Vote Party live on Oct. 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on Complex's channels on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and the Pull Up & Vote site.

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