Seven years have gone by since the annoyingly catchy ‘Whip My Hair’ single was released by Willow Smith. The daughter of celebrity royalty, Will and Jada Smith, has since been quietly releasing music into the ether – well, on YouTube and SoundCloud to be precise. Her channel ‘Frequencies by Willow Smith‘ on YouTube has a mere 47 thousand subscribers; it seems like it’s slipped under most people’s radars. On her SoundCloud channel, under the name ‘WILLOUGH‘ she states that “I just want to make music so that I can raise the consciousness level on this planet. Let’s all come together in light, love, and harmony through oneness with ourselves and All That Is. Enjoy.”
After Willow recently turned down the part as the lead role in the remake of Annie, she was able to focus more on growing up in as normal an environment as possible. The music she has released online has made up her first official album, Ardipithecus. What is that you might ask? It is a hominin genus that lived in Ethiopia during the Late Miocene and Early Pliocene eras… Or so they say. The album leaves behind the cheesy pop of her past pre-tween style and moves to soft electro synth and existential lyrics. She sings with the air of someone who has not fully mastered her own voice, with subtle breaking notes throughout her music. However, despite this, her fragile voice paired with powerful words seems to fit perfectly in with her mystical style.
Her powerfully independent song, I Got Myself, was released just a week ago:
Willow has done collaborations with some big industry names such as SZA, Jabs, Tyler Cole, Crystal Mec, and of course, her brother turned rapper Jayden Smith, who features on her song Jetskis.
They dynamic sibling duo are certainly unique and have been informally dubbed the ‘Most Woke Millennials’ – so it’s no surprise that a family so rooted in music has produced this pair.