First Class

Album: Come Home the Kids Miss You (2022)
Charted: 2 1
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Songfacts®:

  • "First Class" is a braggadocios track where Jack Harlow boasts about the changes in his lifestyle since he dropped his breakout hit "What's Poppin" in early 2020. Now he can pay for his friends and family to travel first class, treat his lady to the finer things in life, and upsize his mom and dad's property.

    Harlow also flexes his career achievements when he shouts out UPS workers who deliver his gold and platinum plaques.
  • Harlow interpolates lyrics from Fergie's 2007 hit "Glamorous" in the chorus. He makes an acronym with the first four letters to describe his lifestyle.

    I been a (G), throw up the (L), sex in the (A.M.)

    G: Harlow sees himself as a gangsta
    L: Harlow's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, remains important to him. Throwing up an L is a common Louisville gesture.
    AM: Harlow likes to make love in the morning.
  • Harlow released "First Class" as the second single from Come Home the Kids Miss You on April 8, 2022.
  • The production by Jack Harlow, Angel Lopez, Charlie Handsome, Jasper Harris, Nickie Jon Paboìn, and Rogét Chahayed incorporates a mellow piano melody.
  • Keyboardist Chahayed and drummer Lopez worked with Harlow in the studio throughout the recording of Come Home the Kids Miss You. His main goal, the rapper told Rolling Stone, is to ensure the songs develop musically as they go along. Their task with the production is to "make you continue to listen to a song. That's been the whole mission."
  • The song debuted at #1 on the Hot 100, becoming Jack Harlow's second chart-topper and first on his own. He previously visited the summit when he guested on Lil Nas X's "Industry Baby," which spent a week at the peak position in October 2021.
  • Jack Harlow opened the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards by performing this song in a set designed to look like the first class cabin of an airplane with performers and presenters from the show as passengers. When he walked on stage, he was joined by Fergie, who sang bits of "Glamorous" with him along with "First Class."

    When the song took the award for Song Of Summer, Harlow said, "'Glamorous' was one of the biggest and most important songs of my childhood. It influenced my whole style. 'First Class' is me, it's who I am."

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