“Black women are such a massive part of my career,” he said.
“I was telling The New York Times how it’s not a massive phenomenon to me because it’s just a continuation of how my life was before I was famous,” Harlow continued. “They’ll never have to worry about not being credited by me…. I mean, I look out at my shows and I see them. It’s one thing when you see the memes and you hear people talking about it, but it’s another when you travel the country and you see them all over the place. I love Black women. I’ve loved Black women my whole life.”
Many argue that because the rapper makes Black music, he should know who Brandy is, while others argue that Harlow is a Gen Z, a white kid from Louisville who shouldn’t be expected to know the truth about Brandy and Ray J‘s family ties.
“The era we live in has forced you, as a public figure, to be hyperaware of the decisions you’re making,” Harlow said. “Not everything can be, ‘What a charming guy who knows exactly what to say.’ It’s not human. Sometimes you put your foot in your mouth… Everything you say is really liable to affect your career in a crazy way,” he says.
“That’s just the nature of where we’re at. But it’s also dependent on your integrity, which is something I feel I have a lot of,” Harlow added.
“It teaches you not to put too much stock in either because the world is finicky. But I’m proud to say my confidence and my thoughts on my trajectory haven’t been shaken. A lot of it has been a big surprise to me, after I caught wind of some of it. I’ve been able to do a good job of stepping away,” Harlow said.