New Star Rises in the Pinkett-Smith Dynasty

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:51 AM

The next time you hit the club, you may find yourself rocking out to a song sung by a nine-year old.

I'm amazed at the buzz swirling around Willow Smith's first single 'Whip My Hair.' The song is sassy, confident, and already receiving comparisons to Rihanna. Of course, it's no secret that Willow comes from an entertainment dynasty: she is the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith and at the tender age of nine, she's inked a record deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

One thing that impresses me about Willow's song is how mature she sounds. Her vocals are already a pretty convincing alto. And her chosen wardrobe is much more avant-garde than her famous parents or brother. When you take a break from bobbing your head and finally listen to the lyrics, you'll realize they're actually pretty age-appropriate. This young star-in-the-making has already created a successful pop product, with a style that's all her own.

But will she be a one hit wonder? She has many years ahead of her for that to be determined.

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