In the modern era of hip-hop, Jack Harlow holds an intriguing spot. He’s a rapper who seamlessly merges his Kentucky roots with a global appeal, crafting sonic landscapes that are sure to leave footprints in the sands of hip-hop history.

Jackman, his debut mixtape, marked a young artist carving out his lane, only to shatter those expectations with the evolution displayed in ‘Loose’ and ‘Confetti.’ His mainstream break came with the infectious rhythm of ‘Sweet Action,’ leading the way to the widely acclaimed ‘Thats What They All Say.’ Harlow punctuated his discography with ‘Come Home The Kids Miss You,’ a testament to his growth and maturity. Each of his albums offers a fresh perspective, a unique lens through which we can view the diverse dimensions of his music.

So let’s get into it. From ’18’ showcasing his raw potential to ‘Come Home The Kids Miss You’ encapsulating his rise to hip-hop royalty, here we are ranking Jack Harlow’s albums from worst to best.

8
18 (Mixtape)

18

Released: 2016

Label: Private Garden Records

Features: Otis Junior, Nemo Achida, Johnny Spanish

Jack’s mixtape delves into youthful hip-hop narratives, pitting himself against the world with a bold declaration of his supremacy, eager to prove his worth. The compilation showcases his remarkable ability to maintain consistent rhymes, revealing his effort and confidence throughout.

7
Gazebo

Gazebo

Released: 2017

Label: Generation Now/Atlantic

Features: Shloob, Taylor

The record is layered with slick verses, embracing Harlow’s poetic roots, dropping wisdom beyond his years. Harlow’s flow is icy cool, reminiscent of laid-back pioneers like Snoop Dogg, but he ain’t no copycat, he’s got his own unique twist, bending words with a casual swagger. Tracks like ‘Eastern Parkway’ and ‘Routine’ establish him not just as a spitter, but as a storyteller, painting vivid pictures of his Kentucky upbringing. Despite his youthful age, Harlow infused the record with a deep understanding of how solid hip-hop should sound, pointing to a promising future.

6
Loose

Loose

Released: 2018

Label: Generation Now/Atlantic

Features: 2forwOyNE, K CAMP, CyHi, Taylor (Rapper)

With a bevy of bangers and deep dive tracks that show a maturity beyond his years, Harlow made a name for himself in the crowded hip-hop landscape. Standout cut “SUNDOWN” is a testament to his natural ability to blend infectious hooks with sharp lyrical prowess. The way he rides the beat on ‘Rainbow Kitten Surprise’ showcases a level of rhythmic dynamism that many MCs twice his age struggle to master. Additionally, his collaboration with established Kentucky rapper, K Camp on “PICKYOURPHONEUP” demonstrated a seamless interplay and solidified Harlow’s place in the game.

5
Confetti (Mixtape)

Confetti

Released: 2019

Label: Generation Now/Atlantic

Features: EST Gee, 2forwOyNE, Bryson Tiller

Overflowing with top-notch production and Harlow’s undeniable lyrical prowess, this joint was a decisive step up from his earlier works. Tracks like “HEAVY HITTER” and “WARSAW” explode with vivacity, demonstrating Harlow’s dexterity with wordplay. His flow throughout the album is catchier than a summer cold, while his ability to switch between rapid-fire rhymes and languid, cool-as-ice rhymes is a testament to his versatility. “Confetti” didn’t just shimmer, it exploded, proving Harlow could rap with the best of them, busting rhymes like fireworks over the Derby City skyline.

4
Jackman.

Jackman.

Released: 2023

Label: Generation Now/Atlantic

In this album, Harlow’s musical style and choices echo the greats, drawing heavily from the likes of Drake and Kendrick Lamar. At 25, he boldly claims to be the most impactful white rapper since Eminem, known for his intense lyrics about life’s struggles. However, Harlow’s exploration of white male experiences doesn’t dive into aggression or excessive self-criticism, territories Eminem and Macklemore are known for. Previously, he seemed happy to play the role of a likable, chart-topping goofball. What truly sets him apart is his commitment to authenticity. While his unfiltered honesty might not win everyone over, it lends depth to what might have otherwise been a one-dimensional persona.

3
Sweet Action

Sweet Action

Released: 2020

Label: Generation Now/Atlantic

Features: jetsonmade

Released on his 22nd birthday in 2020, the EP saw Harlow stepping up his game, bringing some hard-hitting vibes, but never strayin’ too far from his chilled-out demeanor. This 7-track offering gifted us the banger ‘WHATS POPPIN’, which shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, putting our Kentucky boy firmly on the map. Harlow’s lyrical dexterity shone on this one, spitting bars about his burgeoning fame and the tribulations that came with it. His knack for storytelling was evident on tracks like ‘ONCE MAY COME’ and ‘2STYLISH’. There’s a maturity about “Sweet Action” that showed Harlow was ready for the big leagues. He was owning his craft, pushing boundaries, but still keeping it 100 with his roots. The chart success of “Sweet Action” solidified Harlow’s position as a rising star in the hip-hop scene, leaving fans eagerly anticipating his next move.

2
Come Home The Kids Miss You

Come Home The Kids Miss You

Released: 2022

Label: Generation Now/Atlantic

Features: Pharrell Williams, Drake, Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne

“Come Home the Kids Miss You” emerges as an ideal showcase for Jack Harlow’s artistry. Harlow can position this album as a genuine reflection of his evolution, particularly through tracks like “Side Piece” and “Lil Secret,” which aim for a mature, sensual vibe, and “State Fair,” where he contemplates his unchanged core amidst fame. The collaboration with Drake on “Churchill Downs” mirrors a quintessential late-night Drake introspection, featuring Harlow delivering a pivotal line that asserts his place in the genre: “I’m hip-hop, do you fully understand?”

1
Thats What They All Say

Thats What They All Say

Released: 2020

Label: Generation Now/Atlantic

Features: Lil Baby, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Adam Levine, EST Gee, Static Major, Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, DaBaby, Lil Wayne

Released in gritty 2020, this album solidified his stance, possessing the audaciousness of a debut with the refinement of a seasoned player. A diamond in a year of rough, Harlow masterfully combined catchy hooks, textured lyrics, and a refreshing musical approach that diverted from the mainstream course. Standout track, “WHATS POPPIN”, blew up, lighting up charts and social media algorithms with its infectious beat and razor-sharp bars. Harlow’s confident delivery packed a one-two punch that resonated powerfully as a testament to his hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. The track’s monster of a remix – featuring Lil Wayne, DaBaby, and Tory Lanez – illustrated not just Harlow’s ear for a hit, but his ability to stand toe-to-toe with industry’s giants. As a full-on Louisville slugger, “Thats What They All Say” is Harlow’s Grand Slam, making waves in the hip-hop sea.