Jack Harlow recently sat down for an interview with Footwear News, where he opened up about his style, and he also addressed knowing his place in the hip-hop community.

While speaking on the subject, Harlow stated,

“I feel blessed to have a voice in this period because, one, I’m not a street artist, and two, I’m not Black.” He added, “The only thing keeping me here right now is that level of authenticity, of being myself.” 

During the conversation, Harlow also spoke about marching in the streets of his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, after Brionna Taylor was killed by police during a no-knock raid on her apartment. He explained, “This was a travesty that was outrageous and made no sense, and it was one along a string of many. It was a no-brainer for me in terms of where I stood on the topic.

“There was a moment last summer when we were all marching through the city and there was this feeling that this is historic. This isn’t a viral moment, this is going to be in textbooks and is something I’m going to be able to tell my grandkids about. There was a gravity to what was going on where you felt like you had a responsibility. Where are you going to fall? You can’t be on the fence for this. The things I was doing last summer, any fans who didn’t feel like criticizing the police or were on the other side of things, I was going to weed them out. That could have been a moment for them to no longer be fans. But what is important is that I lead by example for all the white kids looking at me. This is what you do. You don’t just enjoy Black culture. You stand up next to Black people in a time of need.”