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.
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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