Willow Smith On System Of A Down’s ‘Toxicity,’ ‘No Words To Describe It’

The young rocker Willow Smith who grew up under the spotlight has returned with a rock album that was heavily influenced by her favorite nu-metal bands. The ‘Whip My Hair’ singer has been a metalhead since she was a child and recently shared with Rolling Stone Music Now podcast that her latest album ‘Coping Mechanism’ was influenced by several of her favorite bands. She credited System Of A Down, particularly the ‘Toxicity’ album, which is superior to any other in her eyes.

“That album ‘Toxicity?’ Yo, I don’t think there are any words to describe it,” she said about the album’s impact on her musically as an artist. “Serj Tankian is a very spiritually connected human being, and you can feel it so potently.….” She continued to share the influences that have shaped her music taste.

Willow said, “The Deftones, just the dichotomy of the really hard guitars and the darkness, but also the feral vocal and the softness and the almost tenderness of his vocal is profound. Those two dichotomies were dancing — the dichotomy is just so beautiful. And Korn all day, every day! System of a Down, Deftones, even Radiohead was a slight inspiration for this album as well.”

Although some artists in the rock and metal scene don’t view the pop wild child Willow as a serious contender for the genre, in reality, she has been a die-hard rock fan. Willow released her fifth studio rock album ‘Coping Mechanism’ this past October, in which she compiled inspirations from System of a Down, Deftones, and even Radiohead. The album received critical acclaim, and she was praised for her confidence and pursuit of originality.