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Jack Harlow Says He's 'Not a Novelty Act' But 'There Is a Certain Reality That I Am White'

Jack Harlow Says He's 'Not a Novelty Act' But 'There Is a Certain Reality That I Am White'

Jack Harlow is getting candid about his career.

In a new interview with Billboard on Thursday (December 16), the 23-year-old rapper discussed his feelings on being a white rapper in the hip-hop industry.

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Jack said that despite the public perception of white rappers, he’s “not a novelty act.”

“There is a certain reality that I am white, and I think there will always be something attached to that,” he explained. “No matter how embraced I am, there will never be a day that I’m Black. With that being said, there’s a certain responsibility that comes with being a white man in a Black genre, and there’s certain things that have me regarded differently.”

He continued, “But there is something exciting about skipping over any barriers that might be there and creating unity.”

Jack also spoke about his verse on Lil Nas X‘s hit track “Industry Baby” and the eye-popping music video they starred in together.

“I had total faith he was going to make a tasteful decision for me,” he said of the clip. “I felt good about it. For anyone to think that Nas isn’t aware or clever enough to create a treatment that wouldn’t fit me isn’t looking very deeply into it because that was the least of my worries. He knows what it is. He’s very aware and knows we’re not the same person.”

“It was honestly my first pop moment. I had turned down a few big pop moments, ones that could have potentially been big for my career,” Jack added. “I wanted to remain hip-hop. People think of white rappers using hip-hop as a vehicle. It’s important that people know I love hip-hop and want to stay in hip-hop and want to be part of hip-hop, and I’m using it as a vehicle to fuel my dreams.”

Earlier this year, the rapper opened up about why he makes women sign non-disclosure agreements when hanging out with him.

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