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Jay-Z Compares Willow Smith To Michael Jackson When He Was A Child!

| Filed under: Music MinuteRyan SeacrestJAY-ZWill SmithJada Pinkett Smith


We have a feeling Jay-Z is on to something with this charming little girl!

Nine year old Willow Smith only just released her first single, Whip My Hair, earlier in the week, and has already landed a record deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

The two made an appearance this morning On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and the rap superstar even went as far as to compare his latest find to Michael Jackson when he was a child!

He said:

I heard the record first before I even knew that it was recorded by a 9 year old. I was like “Man, that record is a smash.” And then Jay Brown told me that she was nine and I was like “Whoa!” Then they told me that it was Will and Jada’s daughter and I was like “Whoa Whoa!” Then I was in Japan doing some things and they were all in Japan so I met Willow and she walked in and the first thing she says was “I’m really nervous.” I thought that maturity, explaining exactly how she was feeling when she walked in the room, I knew right then that she is a star. I believe in Superstars. I believe in big records and big superstars and I believe that she has both!

She’s a child, she has child’s innocence but she has a clear vision of what she wants and who she wants to be. I can only imagine that’s how Mike (Michael Jackson) was as a young kid, he knew exactly what he wanted.

I believe that you have to start somewhere. When you have that sort of talent and you have that sort of vision then there is no such thing as too young. Again, I heard the record without knowing who it was, it’s a hit record! If you listen to anyone, if you listen to any comments, everyone says that they can’t believe, as adults, that they like a record that is made by a 9 year old. But we all dance to Michael Jackson records from when he was 8 years old. Stevie Wonder started at 8. It’s just what it is, it’s who she is.

We agree! There's no denying it - this girl has TALENT!

And she's charming!

CLICK HERE to listen to entire interview! Just wait until she starts belting out Billy Idol!


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66 comments to “Jay-Z Compares Willow Smith To Michael Jackson When He Was A Child!”

  1. 1

    That headline made me pee a little? WHAT THE FUCK. This whole family annoys me.

  2. 2

    Scientology kills!
    Remember Lisa McPherson

  3. 3

    Great, just what we need, another privileged kid being told she's the greatest thing since the king of pop. I wonder how long till she starts acting like a diva bitch from hell. I'm sure not long. What the fuck ever happened to letting someone earn it before you heap praise. The size of that kids head will be huge. What a joke.

  4. 4

    Gross. Can't you let your kid be a fucken kid and do things when they're older and know a little bit more about what they really want in life? Will Smith and his wife are shameless.

  5. 5

    Barf. The world doesn't need another little Pinkett-Smith rugrat pushed upon us by their fame whore parents.

  6. 6

    When I click on that link it tells me that they don't allow access outside the U.S. I live in CA!! If you live in the U.S. you have to wait 60 hours for access. I'll pass…

  7. 7

    Ah, there is nothing like the smell of nepotism in the morning.

  8. 8

    Really now, the next Michael Jackson? I just hope she doesn't turn out to be another Lindsay Lohan.

  9. 9

    Whip my hair is fire! if everything falls into place willow smith will be a huge star!

  10. 10

    I love Jay-z, but he is way off. This song is absolute shit. I mean, really…a 9 year old singing about partying and haters? Please.

  11. 11

    Talent? No. She's a cute little girl but that song is pure shit.

  12. 12

    Jay Z has been taking too many in the butt lately he's delusional….

  13. 13


  14. 14

    STFU!!!!!!!!!!! I really wish people would stop comparing themselves and other people to Michael Jackson. I'm sorry but…this Willow chick has a major famous dad to make calls around town to get her started up…..MJ didn't have that…all he and his brothers had was TALENT and a dream..they worked their asses off to get where they got. Michael Jackson became "Michael Jackson" because he was so talented he made everybody else look like shit. Michael Jackson also broke down colour barriers…made history.

  15. 15

    Are….you….fucking…kidding me with this? This little girl will never be the next Michael Jackson….Are you serious? Delusional much? Fuck Will Smith. He peaked at the fresh prince and those bad boys movies. NEXT!

  16. 16

    Re: hoochpit
    Well her brother Jayden is obnoxious. Seems like a running trait in that family.

  17. 17

    seriously comparing the lil twerp to MJ!! that is blasphemy!!

  18. 18

    Unless they want her to be like Michael when she's older too (a total freak), they should slow things down a bit. Any normal parent would make their kid finish school before starting a 'career'.

  19. 19

    Re: CanadianBacon

    I'm not a MJ fan but I agree with you 100%.

  20. 20

    What is it with Jay-z trying to make anybody on his record deal into the next Michael Jackson first Beyonce with the whole hardest working female in music she's like our generation MJ (only she's not), then Rihanna with her next album saying it would be like Thriller now this little girl. There is only one Michael Jackson period! Why don't you try to do your own thing and be unique instead of trying to be the next anything. Plus MJ worked his ass off to get where he did and he didn't have a famous father to make calls to get him a record deal he did it on his own!

  21. 21

    theres nothing more annoying than a 9 year old that makes bank

  22. 22


    Fuck this little ho-bag and her fucked up ScienceFictionology cult family!


  23. 23

    I'm sure she's going to go crazy by being exposed to fame so early just like Michael.

  24. Glen says – reply to this


    lol Willow Smith is no more talented than ABC (remember them?? in da playgrouuuuud) and yeah she will have one hit - get a disney or nickeloden show and then do bad pron. I love when Howard Stern played the oprah interview with will(deep in the closet) and jada(swimming in the lady pond)…it was sooo self serving and nausiating.

  25. 25

    Uh, her song is soooooooooo TERRIBLE!!!!! Wat does whip my hair back in fourth mean anyway!? . . . . . . . . . . stuoid . . . . . . . . . .

  26. 26

    Gay-z is a devil-worshiping, camel-faced, ugly devil's advocate. I despise him and everything he does. First of all, Willow and any other star or up and coming star will NEVER be MJ. MJ actually has talent to justify his accolades. MJ is the king and will NEVER be replaced. GOOD luck, you ugly camel faced devil trying to find the "next MJ"!!!

  27. 27

    It was a fun song and all but come on.

    Also, where did Billy Idol come into play?

  28. 28

    I know he is not comparing her to MJ but in a way he is. She is not as close to as good as MJ and every stars kids is told they are the best thing in the world, its so stupid. No offence but Jaden SUCKS (sorry about my language) at acting only reason he gets in movies is because of his dad. My guess is a nine year old that cant write a hit song, somebody probably wrote it for her and she is probably mixed on the recording. I mean not many 9 year olds can sing MJ was one of the lucky ones that when his voice changed he kept a good voice. Her parents are stupid for letting her do this because when she turns 13 she is not going to be able to sing anymore unless she is one of those lucky ones and she is going to be heartbroken because she is not going to be able to sing anymore.

  29. 29

    Oh fuck me Jesus, you instantly lose all credibility once you compare someone to Michael Jackson. This little lesbian in training would be nowhere if her parents weren't rich and famous. Go "Swing You Hair" to the mini dyke bar…

  30. 30

    Michael Jackson didn't need autotune

  31. 31

    Re: CanadianBacon – So True!!

  32. 32

    You MUST be kidding me Perez. Have you got your head so far up these Hollywood yuppies' asses that you're now siding with everything they say? This song is AWFUL. Not to mention she's 9 years old, talking about partying and getting her swag on. It doesn't surprise me though, I'm pretty sure Will & Jada went off the deep end ages ago when they decided to revert to Scientology. This is the biggest joke I've ever heard in my life. If anything, this song is no better than Heidi Montag's shit-tastic excuse for a song.

  33. 33

    Will Smith and his wife (what's her name again? and why is *she* famous?) fame whores, whoring out their latest 'lil project. Are they trying to become Hollywood royalty or something? Errr, sorry, but you need REAL talent for *that* to happen.

  34. 34

    Love Will Smith but I can do without his family in my face every 5 minutes.

  35. 35

    i completely disagree with him

    that song blows. and she is only nine years old, and shes singing about partying and gettin her swag on,

  36. 36

    PLEASE! Another kid with rich celebrity parents that can get her into any door to "jump start" whatever career they push on her. Go to the fkg slums of america and find real talent. Cant stand over privileged kids! superstar my ass!

  37. 37

    What an amazing coincidence that JayZ discovers the greatest talent since Michael Jackson and her parents are celebrities! Go figure! This entire family needs to be ignored. The parents are arrogant and the kids are obnoxious.

  38. 38

    Can't stand the Smith family and that song is beyond obnoxious…pretty much like Will when he opens his mouth.

  39. rory! says – reply to this


    Seriously Perez, SHUT UP! The little toad didn't do any of this, her parents did!! It seems Jay Z is losing any sense he did have and is signing 9 year olds…I mean seriously, SHE'S NINE!! Ugh this annoys me to the MAX.

  40. 40

    she's a talentless twit. her voice was enhanced so much she sounds like a robot! just because her father is talented doesn't mean this twit is!

  41. 41

    Re: CanadianBacon – u are so right. MJ was a one of a kind, a real prodigy. the jackson 5 worked like dogs when they were kids and they were amazing. this girl has cute eyes but i suspect the most she will get is to be the next stacy latisaw.

  42. 42

    Whip my hair….Hahahaha. I'm embarrassed for her.

  43. 43

    I cannot stand Jay Z and this statement was beyond stupid and delusional. The song was awful and most likely written and produced by someone else. What does a 9 year old know about haters and "swag" and all that other stuff she was singing about? It's meaningless trash. Michael & his brothers worked hard to get to where they got. They didn't come up with silver spoons in their mouths. Their hard work, talent, and dedication got them to where they are. No matter how talented or not Willow actually is, she'll always be the rich girl whose career was given to her by her daddy. Sorry, but that's the truth.

  44. 44

    You have GOT TO be kidding. I hate these will smith kids!

  45. 45

    Re: hoochpit – you're so right.
    Re: Severe – thanks for saying that. it's so true..

  46. 46

    lol WTF… Unless this little girl can bust out ”whose loving you” like Little MJ did on the Ed Sullivan show in 1969, then she aint even worth mentioning in the same breath as the King!

  47. 47

    F U Haters! Oh please, both her parents are entertainers. What did you expect? How many of YOU wanted to do what your parents did? How many of YOUR parents did what your grandparents did and got help to be where they are today? Grow up and let them be please.

  48. 48

    Isn't she a little young?

  49. 49

    Gross me the fuck out! I HATE Will Smith and his idiot brood. They're all so fake. I can't stand his kids or his dip shit wife. If that singing brat were just some kid off the street, Jay Z would never even give her a listen. I'm sure she's crap. Puke.

  50. 50

    and you see what happened to michael jackson. 20 years she'll be a white man.

  51. 51

    You guys dont listen. Jayz compared her to Michael b.c they both started off at a young age, and they both knew what they wanted. That was it!! Willow voice is amazing. She has a lot of talent and seems to have her head on straight. Very humble. Dont knock talent. No one said anything about Justin Bieber. He's young. He started out at a pretty young age too.

  52. 52

    Are you kidding me? Please… PLEASE do not compare ANYONE to Michael Jackson as a child or adult!!!! and secondly, TALENT??? Are you serious? You can't even hear her sing and you're telling me Jay-Z had no idea she was the spawn of Will Smith, oh please!!! Just when I thought music was going downhill and it couldn't get any worse…

  53. 53

    Re: CanadianBacon

    People also compare every hot blonde white chick to Marilyn Monroe! He slo should not have compared her to Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is a fucking blind musical genius!

  54. 54

    Re: the Period

    Wow, I remember Stacy Lattisaw!

  55. 55

    Loved it.
    Well done.

  56. @v@ says – reply to this


    Even if Willow has talent, it's difficult not to feel the same about putting a 9 year old onstage as I feel about 9 year olds in beauty pageants. Too much, too soon.
    Look at Spears. Important social peer to peer developmental stages get missed, and then the early celeb may act out belatedly. Many more just pretend to be ok.
    A kid shouldn't be a business until later.

  57. 57

    Re: douseekamy – AGREED!!! Besides, Jay-Z seems to have forgotten that Micheal Jackson spent his whole adult life trying to compensate for his lost childhood! If he had ever read anything on the Jackson family, he would know that those kids were pushed into it and made to work more than an adult. Let's let kids be kids for the love of GOD!

  58. 58

    I love her song i cant wait 2 hear more music!!!

  59. 59

    Re: trinigirl123


  60. 60

    No, she has money and power bc of who her parents are and that's getting confused as talent. Which is unfortunate… Michael Jackson, easy now!

  61. 61

    Re: MJJ – will you get THAT picture off you posts. Can you even imagine that pedophile riding a horse? That hat? ha ha hahahaha you can buy into MJ's bullshit all ya want, you fool. Just a big old pedophile that keeps duping stupid assholes like you, 'we come on fella's, lets go ride the pony!!!!….weeeeeeeee"

  62. 62

    She can't really sing. Michael actually could.

  63. 63

    Ummm… didn't MJ say how badly he wanted to be playing outside with the other kids instead of working his ass off and recording, and he would cry about it when he was a child?

  64. 64

    someone this young shouldn't be exposed to fame…. let her be a normal kid!

  65. 65

    damn people what the hell did this girl do to yall take it fuckin easy from these comments you would think she killed somebody
    bitches got sand in ya panties over a little girl??
    btw im not to fond of child celebrities it never results into anything positive children should grow up before they begin any career and michael was a clear example of that
    i though her song was kinds cute and i could see her being pretty good down the road but will and jada really need to chill with getting their kids in show biz so early these comments clearly show that they are feeding them to the wolves

  66. 66

    Re: Jazz-Hands Chaz – bitch im about tired of your ass for someone who cant stand michael you sure do seem to pop up on every post that has his got damn name on it
    you trolls need a fuckin life