According to Burna Boy, a Nigerian singer, Jack Harlow’s Song of the Summer victory at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards didn’t sit well with him.
The popular song “First Class” by Louisville, Kentucky rapper Future won the fan-chosen category, defeating Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul,” Future’s “Wait For U,” and Lizzo’s “About Damn Time.”
Harlow was the most honoured artist at this year’s VMAs because to the four prizes he won that night. After the show, he tweeted, “Happy as hell.” “My supporters are shittt. I appreciate everything.
Burna Boy, who wasn’t nominated himself, appeared to criticise Harlow this week when he shared a TikTok video of a crowd dancing to his song “Last Last” along with the message: “When MTV claims Jack Harlow gets Song of the Summer.”
“Wow so many heartbroken people [sad face emoji] #LastLast #SongoftheSummer,” the dancehall star concluded in the caption.
@burnaboyofficial How many people are grieving, wow? Last song of the summer, #LastLast The very last: Burna Boy
The song “Last Last,” from Burna Boy’s most recent album Love, Damini, has become a mainstay at events, performances, and on the radio. The Toni Braxton-inspired song had commercial success overseas and peaked at No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100.
According to Kworb, the song has received over 70 million global streams on Spotify, while the related video has received over 65 million views on YouTube.
In contrast, Jack Harlow’s “First Class” became his first solo song to top the chart when it debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in April. The song, which is off Harlow’s sophomore album Come Home the Kids Miss You, became popular on TikTok before its official release, receiving close to 30 million views.
Harlow’s success has already prompted criticism. After being nominated for three 2021 BET Awards categories—Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best New Artist, and Best Collaboration—some people questioned why he was chosen over Black musicians by the organisation.
Look, I fuck with Jack Harlow. But how come Lil Nas X received 0 nominations while he received 3? ” one fan tweeted. So, while the BET Awards can honour non-Black artists, Black Queer artists are not included? Ugh.”
Following its success on the Billboard Hot 100, “First Class” sparked fresh discussions about race in hip-hop. Top Dawg Entertainment president Terrence “Punch” Henderson asserted that white musicians have it easier than their Black counterparts.
He tweeted, “It’s truly insane how great we have to be compared to other people.” They essentially only require a C+ average. When that. We must definitely discuss it at some point.
Kendrick is doing well. In terms of output, he has been working hard and at a high level since 04-2018. He is free to take as much time as necessary. He has, however, seen C+ artists receive greater praise and opportunities than his A+ attempts. Take a look at his first Grammy moment.
“I think I wasn’t really clear here, since a lot of people missed the message,” he continued. Racism. racism in the system. That is the key idea.