Willow Smith Explains Why She Waited To Focus On Rock Music


Famous actor Will Smith’s daughter and young musician Willow Smith reflected on her music career during a recent interview with NME. Apparently, she refrained from putting out a rock album since she has respect for the genre due to her roots.

Willow Smith launched her music career with the single ‘Whip My Hair‘ in 2010 when she was only ten years old. The song was a success as it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for Video of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011. She released another single named ’21st Century Girl’ after being signed to Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation.

Five years later, Willow released her debut studio album, ‘Ardipithecus’ on December 11, 2015. Although the record received mixed reviews from critics, it gave birth to a successful single, ‘Wait a Minute’ which was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In 2018, Smith began co-hosting the Facebook Watch talk show ‘Red Table Talk,’ which is a successful show as it earned her two NAACP Image Awards and two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. In addition to hosting the show, she continued focusing on her music career and released three other successful albums so far.

Since she’s named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021 by Time magazine, the musician who has been all over social media with the live performance for her song, ‘Meet Me At Out Spot‘ recently opened up about her music career during an interview.

Willow was asked why it’s taken until her fourth studio album to reflect the rock sound in her on her records. According to Willow, she has a lot of respect for the genre which was the main reason why she stayed away from it. Apparently, she didn’t feel confident enough to release a rock album until her latest record, ‘Lately I Feel Everything.’

About rock music, Willow said:

“It’s a mixture of a few things. I had so much respect for the rock genre, but I didn’t know if I could give it exactly what it needed. I was trained very specifically as an R&B singer and I had seen my mum screaming and doing it so perfectly. For a really long time, I just didn’t feel like I would measure up.”

You can listen to ‘Meet Me At Out Spot’ below.