Willow Smith’s first single is “Whip My Hair” and it’s pathetic. First of all, it’s obvious that her “voice” is the product of Auto Tune or some kind of sound studio acoustic engineering. Maybe you like this sound, but that doesn’t mean you have to be suckered into thinking that Willow Smith, daughter of movie stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, can actually sing!
How can anybody believe that 9-year-old Willow Smith can sing after hearing 10-year-old Jackie Evancho on “America’s Got Talent?” Maybe you don’t like opera, and actually, I don’t like it either. But imagine Willow Smith singing on stage a real song, not some overly-repetitive slop called “Whip My Hair,” with no sound engineering help.
Now imagine Jackie Evancho ditching the opera and singing just a straightforward real song as well. Or even imagine the little girl from the “Christina and Ali” duo on “America’s Got Talent” singing solo with no engineering help. This girl with the lung disease can sing circles around Willow Smith.
“Whip My Hair” absolutely stinks. It’s the same rubbish over and over: whip my hair, whip my hair, whip my hair, whip my hair. It sounds awful. This is the type of song that girls who can’t sing sing, because the style, constant electronic repetitions of phrases and Auto Tune camouflage the inability to sing.
These types of songs are the rage these days. If Willow Smith were born in 1970, I guarantee it, recording studios would laugh her right out of the room. Want to hear a 10-year-old girl who can actually sing? Check out Lena Zavaroni. In fact, do a Y-tube search on “little girl singers” or some similar keywords, and randomly click on videos of girls around age 9 or so. Yes, some can’t sing worth a darn, but sooner or later you’ll discover some truly amazing singing talent in these little girls.
But they don’t have famous parents like Willow Smith. Some are overweight or wearing plain clothes, unlike Willow Smith. If Willow Smith didn’t have famous parents, or, if she was fat, I guarantee it, she would not have her first single, “Whip My Hair” whipping all over the Internet.
Though the “singing” in “Whip My Hair” sounds like it’s coming from a 20-year-old versus a little girl, this doesn’t mean anything. First of all, the more mature sound is from Auto Tune or some kind of engineering in the studio. Secondly, even if the older sound is natural, this has nothing to do with singing ability. I sound a lot older than a 9-year-old, too; does this mean I can sing? Of course not! I have the worst singing voice, but I’m sure that Auto Tune could make it sound just like Rihanna’s or Willow Smith’s.