Kentucky native Jack Harlow makes his Lexington debut


Jack Harlow gets close to the crowd to rap. Music artist Jack Harlow performed at the University of Kentucky on November 12, 2018. Photo by Sukruthi Yerramreddy | Staff

Madeline Burch

From Louisville to Lexington, rapper Jack Harlow performed at the UK on Monday, Nov. 12, and what a lights-out show he performed.

The 20-year-old performed for the Student Activity Board’s fall concert, which was held at Memorial Coliseum. This was the first stop in his Loose tour. The concert was free to UK students and $20 for the general public. 

Harlow is a Kentucky native who has been rapping ever since he can remember. He wants to bring attention to the mostly underground hip-hop scene and is slowly putting his city on the map. Harlow’s albums reveal influences beyond hip-hop and it showed in his performance. 

The tour, headlined by Harlow, was kicked off at 8 p.m. with performances by DJ Warren Peace and a group called The Homies, who are friends of Harlow. The Homies are a rap group that accompanied Harlow throughout his performance and will accompany him throughout the rest of his tour. These brief sets provided entertainment for the crowd as they awaited Harlow. 

The concert marked Harlow’s first local appearance in Lexington. Shortly after the concert kicked off, Harlow took a moment to acknowledge the crowd and asked that everyone get closer together to get the party going. Harlow performed a 60-minute set and sang songs from his new album Loose and some from his previous albums. His set began and ended with one of his most popular songs, “SUNDOWN.”

“Harlow really got the crowds involved and after every song he conversed with the students making them feel a part of the experience as a whole,” said Austin Flynn, an accounting junior. “This allowed everyone to enjoy the concert more.”

Kinesiology junior Lauren Parker said she enjoyed that Harlow “got up in the crowd” at the beginning of the show.

“It made me feel even closer to his music,” she said.