Jack Harlow is a dude you may know from having the most turnt crowd at Forecastle this past year. He recently released his third official project, Gazebo and he’s still young and fresh out of high school. He recently announced that he’s signed with DJ Drama’s label Generation Now that features artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Skeme the Duke. Jack also got together with KY Engineering to mix the album, a multi-platinum engineer who you may know from his work with Lil Wayne, Drake, and 2 Chainz.
“Eastern Parkway,” the first song caught my ear right off. I don’t think I have to explain to you what this track is named as we’ve all spent many nights driving up and down that road. The song is a head bopper with an old school sounding beat featuring a smooth, sensual saxophone as Harlow comes in telling stories and painting pictures in your mind of growing up in that area.
“Detox” is my favorite song on the album and it’s sure to have you singing in your car. The way he uses different ranges of his voice through out the song makes it singular and memorable. At one point he says “Only time I feel inspired when I’m swerving through my town,” which is curious because that’s all I want to do when I’m listening to it. There is also of course the track “Dark Knight” that I’m sure you’ve seen floating around facebook. It’s basically become a meme at this point focused on how well he can rhyme. This song is a BANGER with a nasty trap beat.
Gazebo is a mixture of everything i want in a hip hop album. Every song has sick beat and a catchy hook, not to mention BARS on top of BARS! What more do you need? The production is excellent, and Jack himself has taken another step forward. I can’t recommend this album enough.
Listen to Gazebo below via Spotify:
This review was put together by guest writer Austin Hellman. Catch him on twitter @AustinHellman.