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Willow Smith Is Here To Stay


May 22, 2015

Willow and Jaden Smith may have been born into a famous family, but even this Hollywood clout won’t stop the siblings from breaking into music their own way. Rather than go the Disney route or even signing development deals, they’ve bucked the trend and instead released music when, and how, they feel like it. While her older brother is busy with his budding hip-hop career, Willow has been carefully and quietly shaping her own special sound.

Two weeks ago, she dropped the video for “F Q-C #7” (pronounced “Frequency Number Seven,”) a glitchy pop jam that’s just as catchy as it is clever. Peppered with hints of tUnE-yArDs’ eclecticism and all-over-the-place beats, it’s the perfect intro to Smith’s new mantra: lyrics above all. As the 14-year-old explained to The Fader a while back, “My lyrics are probably what’s gonna be packing the most punch, and my tracks are in the background just coolin it, like, ‘Hear what she just said?’” Yeah, we’re listening.

This vibe definitely holds true for her most recent release, “WEEPINGWILOUGH/LETSGOTOMECCA.” She dropped the surprise track onto the internet yesterday, and it’s been stuck in our heads ever since. Featuring her longtime friend and collaborator Mecca Kalani, the song kicks things off with a gorgeous, atmospheric intro before quickly shifting into pure sonic bliss. It’s the kind of sound that you can playing in the background all day along, and it’ll never get old — a real testament to Willow’s talent. Cruise into the weekend in the chillest way possible with the coolest teenager we know above.