What's poppin'? Jack Harlow, Drake film 'Churchill Downs' music video at Kentucky Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Big things went down at Churchill Downs on Saturday — and not just the 148th Kentucky Derby.

Louisville rapper Jack Harlow was on site filming a music video for his new song, "Churchill Downs." Rap superstar Drake, who is featured on the track, joined Harlow in the infield for part of the shoot.

The song is in Harlow's second studio album, "Come Home The Kids Miss You," which was released Friday and boasts several big-name features, including Lil Wayne, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake.

Looking dapper in an iridescent white suit, Harlow took to the Derby red carpet Saturday with his parents and friends, including Louisville rappers The Homies.

"It's a beautiful moment," Harlow told reporters. "Kentucky will never be the same."

Rapper Jack Harlow talks to a reporter on the Derby red carpet.  Maggie Huber/Special to Courier-Journal May 07, 2022
Rapper Jack Harlow talks to a reporter on the Derby red carpet. Maggie Huber/Special to Courier-Journal May 07, 2022

Susan Jones, a 26-year-old spectator, craned for a view from behind a mass of TV cameras.

"We were so excited to see the red carpet, and then Jack Harlow came out and we lost our minds," Jones said.

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Jones and her sister, Elizabeth, 31, were among a handful of lucky fans who happened to be in the right place at the right time. As Harlow made his way down the red carpet, a camera crew filmed fans screaming their adoration for the chart-topping 26-year-old rapper.

Jayden Goodwin and Elizabeth Toohey sprinted to the red carpet when they got word that Harlow had arrived. The 20-year-old college students, who are both from Kentucky, said they were "shocked" they ended up in his new video shoot.

"Never in a million years would I have thought, 'Oh, I'm going to the Derby, I'm going to see Jack and be in his music video," Toohey said.

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When Emily Bay, 31, arrived solo at the red carpet Saturday, she was hoping to see Janet Jackson. The Charlotte native didn't even know who Harlow is.

"I'm like, 'This is exciting!' But I've literally never heard of him,'" Bay said.

The Los Angeles-based studio Pyscho Films is producing the video.

Churchill Downs isn't the only Louisville site mentioned in Harlow's new album. Slugger Field and the Kentucky State Fair get shoutouts from the Louisville native as well.

Harlow had appeared the night before at a pre-Derby party at 21c Museum Hotel and was set to make an appearance Sunday at Guestroom Records.

Mandy McLaren: 502-582-4525; mmclaren@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @mandy_mclaren.

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