Sep 09 2010
Willow Smith behind the studio mic, talking to Ryan Seacrest

Willow Smith Talks About Signing to Jay-Z’s RocNation

Back in July, Jada Pinkett-Smith, put us on to her daughter Willow’s budding singing talent.  Quick recap: “Let me tell you, she’s 9 years old. I don’t know where that voice came from. She sings like she’s a grown woman. Like she’s been around. I’m like, ‘where does all that experience in your voice come from?’ I have no idea, but she’s something. Music is her thing.”

Now it’s officially the start of a new career. Willow Smith has signed to Jay-Z’s RocNation. This morning, Willow was interviewed on the Ryan Seacrest show. You’ve seen her wild doo in pictures (the one up top is actually an earlier one;) by the way she carries on a conversation it is hard to believe - like everyone says - that she is 9 years old.

“Whip My Hair” is Willow’s first song. Of course, Ryan Seacrest asked her..

What does ‘Whip my Hair” mean?

“It means just be an individual. Like you can’t be afraid to be yourself. You have to be yourself and you can’t let anybody tell you that that’s wrong.”

And how do you know to think that way?

“My mom and me are very strong individuals and I just know that because lots of people, they don’t act like themselves, so they’re not happy.”

During the interview, Jay-Z called in and said “Whip My Hair” was the song that caught his ear. He said he didn’t know it was Willow until after he heard it. Jay-Z talked about meeting Willow for the first time in Japan. He said her maturity level, the way she decribes exactly how she feels, is one indication that Willow is going to be a superstar.

Jay-Z also saw similar things in 16-year-old Rihanna.

So what’s the plan to start Willow’s music career?

Jay-Z →  “Just to facilitate all of her ideas. As you gonna learn today, you sit with her for a half-hour, you’ll see she’s a wealth of information and ideas.”

I’m predicting big things too. With a creative mind (that hairdo was her idea,) and Will, Jada, and Jay-Z guiding Willow along the way, she’s going to be well prepared for all of the challenges, accolades, and buckets of criticism that come with the music business.

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 Sunshine Thu, Sep 09, 2010 - 6:54 pm

I’m so pleasantly surprised with Willow’s sound and her success. I’m excited to watch her grow and mature into her music and looks. Her talent is rare for her age and it’s only going to get more polished. To know what she wants to do and to be able to do it at such a young age is a blessing. The weirdos all over the net are so ridiculous to say she’s too young and look at Michael Jackson..Yeah, look at Michael Jackson’s life and look at Willows life. COMPLETELY different circumstances..Will and Jada aren’t pimping her for money. Her and Jaden could have grown up to be two spoiled brats not contributing anything to society, but look at them making use of there inherited talents??? WHO CAN BE MAD AT THAT?! I’m so proud of the Smith family. As a black family they have truly overcome so much. Of course most people can’t handle it, but I for one can’t get enough of them. It may not be in their blood or their name but they created their own thrones and now the world sees they are ROYALTY. Black people need to stop being so mad and follow suit!

2 SqBiz... Fri, Sep 10, 2010 - 4:39 am! she sounds better than Nikki Minaj!  lol this is incredible! i wear my hair back & forth!

3 TiffanyXposed Sat, Sep 18, 2010 - 6:51 pm

Will, jada, Jaden and Willow put White celebrity families to SHAME.
This is, no doubt, A GOOD LOOK for the smiths.
The Kids a GORGEOUS!

4 Stymuli Wed, Sep 29, 2010 - 1:39 am

How old is she now?

5 Stymuli Wed, Sep 29, 2010 - 1:39 am

Got the age—nevermind.

6 shaheem hendrix Fri, Oct 01, 2010 - 12:39 pm

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7 willow smith Fri, Oct 01, 2010 - 6:06 pm

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8 jaden Fri, Oct 01, 2010 - 6:28 pm

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9 Justin Tembolar Tue, Oct 05, 2010 - 9:52 am

What are you doing Lil"jon?

10 shaheem hendrix Tue, Oct 05, 2010 - 4:51 pm

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11 dayne Thu, Oct 07, 2010 - 8:22 pm

just another silver spoon in mouth hype.

12 shaheem hendrix Thu, Oct 07, 2010 - 11:03 pm

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13 tanae Fri, Oct 08, 2010 - 11:58 am

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14 Justin Bieber Tue, Oct 12, 2010 - 2:54 pm

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15 john cena Tue, Oct 12, 2010 - 9:47 pm

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16 shaheem hendrix Tue, Oct 12, 2010 - 9:49 pm

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17 shaheem hendrix Wed, Oct 13, 2010 - 10:06 am

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18 jkl Thu, Oct 14, 2010 - 4:08 pm


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20 JTG Fri, Oct 15, 2010 - 3:38 pm


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25 Tina Brown Sun, Oct 17, 2010 - 5:50 pm

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31 mari aka marcela Wed, Nov 03, 2010 - 8:44 pm

dont do it hes a bad raper

32 moneah Tue, Nov 09, 2010 - 11:38 am


33 baby l Fri, Nov 19, 2010 - 6:45 am

ey willow i thnk ya hot hw abt u fly 2 south africa wth ur family i went there lst year its a gr8 country and de bst holiday i will neva 4gt lotsa love 2 u willow

34 savanah Mon, Nov 22, 2010 - 11:21 am

yea girl you only 9 awhooo you is so smart and girl i tell you ya betta whip that hair girl you need to right a song fo yo brother and get up of iz feet but girl keep yo head up and i with you a good thankgiving and a good x-maz

35 savanah Mon, Nov 22, 2010 - 11:23 am

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36 shaheem hendrix Sun, Dec 05, 2010 - 1:41 pm

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37 willow smith Mon, Dec 06, 2010 - 6:49 pm

remember i called you

38 shaheem hendrix Mon, Dec 06, 2010 - 6:56 pm

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39 jklIODVJHVC Wed, Dec 08, 2010 - 7:43 pm

yo son what the f**k is going on

40 sara Thu, Dec 09, 2010 - 11:19 am

u are a sweet child
and i love to be like you

41 shaheem hendrix Mon, Dec 13, 2010 - 7:12 pm

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42 o Mon, Dec 13, 2010 - 7:13 pm


43 Naweezy Tue, Dec 14, 2010 - 9:58 am

You need to come up with another song.Tell Jaden that i said sup.

44 jaden smith Tue, Dec 14, 2010 - 4:01 pm

ant know what,s up because i,m a raper

45 shaheem hendrix Mon, Dec 20, 2010 - 5:16 pm

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46 shaheem hendrix Wed, Dec 22, 2010 - 8:03 pm

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47 sabrea williams Thu, Dec 23, 2010 - 10:29 am

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48 shaheem hendrix Fri, Dec 24, 2010 - 12:12 pm

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49 john cena Fri, Dec 24, 2010 - 10:43 pm

hey willow

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51 Jay-z Sat, Dec 25, 2010 - 12:41 pm

what,s up willow that boy shaheem hendrix like you so bad you and him need to go out together can you call him and give him my number do it now and i hope you having a good crismas.

52 shaheem hendrix Sat, Dec 25, 2010 - 12:49 pm

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53 shaheem hendrix Sat, Dec 25, 2010 - 12:50 pm

sorry willow my sister did that

54 shaheem hendrix Mon, Dec 27, 2010 - 1:00 pm

what,s up willow smith it,s snowing out side what you doing boo

55 shaheem hendrix Mon, Dec 27, 2010 - 7:20 pm

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i love you i will talk to you when you call

56 marie Fri, Dec 31, 2010 - 6:41 pm

hi you guy are nice people god well bless u

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59 shaheem hendrix Mon, Jan 03, 2011 - 6:13 pm

willow i,m about to be a 11 on the 30th

60 justin orton Fri, Jan 07, 2011 - 5:31 pm

yo what,s up

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64 Brianna Fri, Feb 18, 2011 - 9:44 pm

ok so shaheem hendrix why are you putting your number out there?Im willow’s Bff well one off them me and simi.i have her number and it’s 323-Call-it-why-doyou-want-her-tocall-youget-a-life!call now!!!!!!

65 Darius Hendrix Sun, Feb 20, 2011 - 11:15 pm

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66 Darius Hendrix Sun, Feb 20, 2011 - 11:34 pm

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67 Brianna Sun, Feb 27, 2011 - 2:27 pm

Darius Hendrix u are so dirty with that mohalk u are trying to be a white boy look at your self looking ugly u got a big head its a peanut head i,m from the hood u dont even know willow smith the only one that know willow smith me and shaheem cause he sold me and i told him i know her to so good bye dirty .........................

I Haet u ugly u think u sexy but your not

68 shaheem hendrix Sun, Feb 27, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Brianna u want to know why i put my number out their because i love willow smith so if u got a problem with that shes my bff and u cant stop nothing thats why i allways put my number first u heat me now u heat me brother your sick ok i never had to do this to a girl but u are a big mouth looking person so dont talk no more ok so what u want to do is shut up

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69 Shaheem Hendrix Mon, Feb 28, 2011 - 5:38 pm

I love u willow smith do u want to go out yes or no pick i love u more than i love my self u the one for me willow u and me are in the million please call me it been a year that we talk i love u and u are in my heart like on some real stuff i help i get to go out with u some day.

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71 Shaheem Hendrix Mon, Feb 28, 2011 - 5:46 pm

willow smith not crazy u are crazy ok dont ever say that bagain

72 hellokitty Thu, Mar 17, 2011 - 10:41 am

willow is soooooooo fly and u better go head girl!

73 Johnny Sun, Mar 27, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Hey girl

74 Johnny Sun, Mar 27, 2011 - 6:51 pm

What you doing.

75 shaheem hendrix Sun, Mar 27, 2011 - 6:53 pm

hey willow smith what u doing

76 Johnny Sun, Mar 27, 2011 - 6:54 pm

Shaheem my cousin.

77 shegura Thu, Apr 07, 2011 - 4:31 am

u awesome gal do ur thing n make us proud.mchaaaaaw luv ya

78 Shaheem hendrix Tue, Apr 12, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Willow Smith I saw your new song on demond

79 shaheem hendrix Sat, Apr 23, 2011 - 9:27 pm

what up willow smith what are you doing

80 Deonte Holley Thu, May 05, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Whats your number willow smith i love you do you want to go out with me yes or no call my friend shaheem you know his number

81 deonte holley Fri, May 06, 2011 - 6:14 pm

willow smith i gave you shaheem number not him because i want yall to too go out but now i love you and i want to go out with you yes or no hot girl

82 Shaheem Hendrix Fri, May 06, 2011 - 6:17 pm

whats up willow smith what you doing to day i really love your new song 21coutry girl thats the best girl song i love

83 ping Fri, May 13, 2011 - 6:51 pm

hi willow i admire you and i wish i could see you in person.i have only heard i whip my hair back and forth, but i love it!

84 ping Fri, May 13, 2011 - 7:02 pm

why does everyone want to date you? i do not because i am a girl

85 Shaheem Hendrix Wed, Jun 01, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Whats up i like your new song i lesten to it every day

86 Freshkid 2K11 Tue, Jun 28, 2011 - 3:29 pm

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87 Shaheem Hendrix Wed, Jun 29, 2011 - 3:19 pm

Whats up willow smith i saw you at the bet awards 2011 you and jaden got awards last night.

88 shaheem hendrix Sun, Jul 03, 2011 - 5:23 pm

yo johnny fat boy who are you what do you want out of my life chicken

89 freshkid2k12 Sun, Jul 03, 2011 - 5:29 pm

willow jaden how yall doin my real cuz is’ shaheem

90 freshkid2k12 Sun, Jul 03, 2011 - 5:39 pm

willow dont listen to johny Fat’` boy

91 shaheem hendrix Tue, Jul 05, 2011 - 2:53 pm

whats up willow i like you kiss me through the phone

92 freshkid2k12 Wed, Jul 06, 2011 - 8:11 am

sup willow

93 willow smith Wed, Jul 06, 2011 - 8:12 am

hey baby

94 freshkid2k12 Wed, Jul 06, 2011 - 8:14 am

call me agian baby

95 willow smith Wed, Jul 06, 2011 - 8:19 am

awn i’’ love’ u ‘so much bu

96 Bluetyga1 Fri, Aug 05, 2011 - 11:54 pm

bambam get off this shaheem not your real cousin your just lying fat boy

97 shaheem hendrix Fri, Aug 05, 2011 - 11:57 pm

yo what up willow i cousin doogie really like please go out with him willow do this for me

98 shaheem hendrix Sat, Aug 06, 2011 - 10:10 am

yo willow smith whats up

99 justin bieber Sun, Aug 07, 2011 - 12:37 pm

whats up willow when we gone have a baby together

100 freshkid2k12 Sun, Aug 07, 2011 - 2:03 pm

whats dat on yo mama face a dead rat or crack cut now

101 jadensmith Mon, Aug 08, 2011 - 1:41 pm

thats so awesome

102 debbyryan Thu, Sep 29, 2011 - 10:14 pm

i am your biggest fan of all call me @ [770]-236-8387 and that is my house number oh and i am a girl

103 debby ryan Thu, Sep 29, 2011 - 10:18 pm

willow tell your brother jaden that i said he is hot and my real name is jasmine isaacs

104 Trish Fri, Jan 13, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Good to see real expertise on display. Your contribution is most welcome.