In a press release Roc-A-Fella Records announced the newest young talent signed to their record label, Willow Smith, the 9-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, and she already has a hit single getting major airplay around the country.
With a look and sound that is reminiscent of singer Rihanna, without being a complete copy of the singer, Willow’s first single I Whip My Hair is already one of the most requested songs on New York City’s Hot 97 after making its debut on Youtube and Roc-a-Fella’s website September 7th.
The song has also been picked up in major city’s like Los Angeles and Miami to positive reviews. The song has a catchy chorus of, ‘I whip my hair back and forth…’ that will be stuck in your head after listening to the song.
While Jay-Z and the Smith’s already have a few critics who say they are exploiting their daughter’s talent at a young age, Jay-Z went on to say the idea was completely Willow’s and he was ‘stoked‘ to be working with her and allowing her to grow as an artist.
Willow already has a family of talent behind her and many insiders said it was only a matter of time before Willow took on singing to add to her already positive acting career. She appeared alongside her father actor and singer Will Smith in I Am Legend in 2007. Her mother Jada Pinkett-Smith is also a singer herself with the rock band Wicked Wisdom. Willow is also riding high on the success of older brother Jaden Smith and his hit movie The Karate Kid with Jackie Chan.
Roc-a-Fella Records founder rapper Jay-Z said in the statement that finding a talent like Willow Smith is rare, especially at 9-years-old with a voice of a woman twice her age. He went on to say the label has already signed Willow to a record deal, with tours and merchandise to support her upcoming album in the works.
But putting critics aside, Willow Smith already has a steady following on Twitter, with many celebrities complimenting her new song through Tweets, including Beyonce Knowles sister Solange Knowles who said, “Willow Smith make me wanna whip some haiiirrr in this house. Ummm kill em girl. Kill em!” Singer Jazmine Sullivan also tweeted, “Why is ‘whip my hair’ by willow smith my soonnnng. how dare she make me like a 9 year olds music? lolol. love it!!!”
To hear the new Willow Smith song ‘I whip My Hair’ click THIS LINK to watch the video on Youtube.