Willow Preps 2nd Single

Now that the hype and success of ‘Whip My Hair’ died down, it’s time for Willow to prove that she is not a one-hit wonder.

Willow filmed a video for her second single this weekend in California-see the picture to the left to get your first look.

The song is said to be in a more dance direction than her debut single, something that is not surprising considering the direction of pop music right now. Find out the name of the song with a snippet below: Continue reading

2011 New Years Eve Performances:

I still can’t believe that it’s 2011, but in the words of Jay-Z ‘on to the next one’. Before we do that I want to quickly post a few of the performances that occurred last night. I already did a post on Nicki, and here are a few more that I wanted to highlight.

I have to mention Lil Wayne on his own though because he is really winning me over with ‘6 foot 7 foot’. Anyone who knows me knows that I was real skeptical of ‘Tha Carter IV’ and Continue reading

Performance Corner: Willow Smith

Willow Smith made her television debut today performing on Ellen. ‘Whip My Hair’ was number 2 on itunes for most of last week, but has since fallen to number 5. With all of the hype surrounding the 10 year olds song, all eyes were on her to see if she could really sing.

I was impressed with the studio version of the song, but I had my doubts about her live vocals. With all of the auto-tune and vocal enhancements that artists use today, it seemed Continue reading

Video: ‘Whip My Hair’- Willow Smith

I never post music videos because I like to focus on the music more (the VMA weekend was an exception), but this was too hard to pass up. Willow Smith has been a sensation ever since her first single hit the web. ‘Whip My Hair’ has been climbing up the R&B charts each week, while Willow prepares the release the single to itunes October 26th. The official music video has dropped today, and it honestly is pure fire.

At such a young age I could not imagine what Willow would do with the video. Continue reading

Nothing But A Number

With her current single ‘Whip My Hair’ climbing quickly up the charts, 9 year old Willow Smith is gearing up to release her debut album. With the sound of ‘Whip My Hair’ it is clear that Willow wants to reach the older audiences as well as young ones. This is smart considering that it is hard to break free from the Tween group once you are there. As I said in my review of the song, her age could distract older audiences from connecting to her music. With the song jumping from 60 to 38 this week on the R&B chart it looks like my fear may have been unfounded, but I want to see what everyone else thinks. Do you think Willow’s age will negatively affect her music, or do you think that it would add to her artistry? Personally, I think it adds to her because at first listen people are blown away that she is only 9. Being this good at 9 years old will bring her publicity for all the right reasons. I know that there have to be people on both side so I ask, what do you think? Vote below:

‘Whip My Hair’- Willow Smith

Rating: A-

The only reason that I am even reviewing this song is because of the talent that Willow shows at such a young age. I read a few months ago that Willow Smith, 9 years old, was going to be releasing an album later on in the year. I brushed it off as nothing because I have never known a 9 year old to make good music that would appeal to anyone outside of their age group, let alone one that could actually sing. With the young garbage artists that are out now my expectations were low to say the least. Not only did Willow prove me wrong on all levels, but she is actually giving some strong competition to many of the artist that have released music this year.

You cannot ignore the fact that this girl has true vocal talent. Her voice isn’t even close to being mature, yet she easily sounds like someone ten years her elder in this song. There are a few sections where she could improve, but the fact that she can hit these notes so strong and well at 9 years old is awesome. Willow also didn’t seem to use auto-tune on the song. Yes it is true that every artist tunes there voice in the studio, but this song sounds pretty close to the real deal. If she can sound this strong now I can’t even imagine how she will sound ten years from now.

Not only does she have an awesome voice, but she an attitude that can’t be messed with. Her delivery of the song is strong and confident. Some artists go years before sounding convincing in their songs. The chorus sounds a lot like ‘Diva’, so when the song began I was already shocked that she would even attempt to have that much attitude, but she pulled it off. She really does have swagger that no one her age has. It is looking like Willow is going to make a strong first impression on her listeners, which is a good start because she won’t have to struggle to prove her talent since it is so blatant.

The song itself is actually a smash. The beat is the urban anthem at its finest, with the delivery to back it up. The song reminds me a lot of ‘Breaking Dishes’ by Rihanna. The beat is harsh with slamming hip-hop drums, and screams in the background. The pre-chorus is catchy, and shows a small pop influence on the song. The big downfall in the song is the repeating that occurs during the verses; look at 0.31-0.36 and 1.31-1.36. I feel like it is just wasting space. The song is relatively short, so I assume they looked for ways to push it past the 3-minute mark.

I think the song will actually do quite well on the charts. I will say that I think it may be tough for the older audience to embrace the song because of her age. Even though I think her performance is great and that she could teach some artist some lessons in delivery, the fact she is still 9 may hurt her. I just think it will take some time for people to get past her age. She proves that she has true talent, so once people focus on that she should seem some success. Even though I’m not listening to the song on repeat I can appreciate talent when I hear it. I’m sure with her fame and attitude she will go far, and ‘Whip My Hair’ should peak somewhere in the top 10.

Tell me what you think! Does Willow hit a home run or is she trying to hard?

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