He’s also committed to bringing his own friends up, even if you don’t hear them in his music. He counts several as advisers and surrogate A&Rs. Harlow pulls out the Jordan analogy, likening them to his Pippens or Phil Jacksons. “I give myself all the pressure I need,” he says. “I give myself a lot of pressure. But if you feel like you’re fit for that role, it’s motivating. Because there’s basketball players that wanted the shot at the end of the game, and then basketball players that was like, ‘Yo, don’t throw it to me. He should take it.’ And there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s in everybody’s nature, but I want the ball.” 

“[You] move around with a small circle because only a few people can be given that access and be trusted. People are going to fumble it. People are going to f*ck it up for all of us.” – Jack Harlow

Which is not to suggest that everyone Harlow grew up with can play for his Chicago Bulls. At a certain point, decisions were made about who could and could not be included in his evolving life. “I used to just take a video of myself, not thinking about what’s behind me,” he says. “Can people recognize it? People think artists get bigger and they switch up. ‘They only kick it with these people now. Oh, they cut everybody off.’ And it’s like, you’re forced to, because you can’t expect 30 people to honor how you have to move. [You] move around with a small circle because only a few people can be given that access and be trusted. People are going to fumble it. People are going to fuck it up for all of us.”