Willow Smith and brother Jaden Smith have both displayed a mutual interest in pursuing music in the past. It's a trait they presumably picked up from their father, Will Smith, who's won four Grammy's dating back to 1988 before he ventured off to become one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. No hyperbole. Willow has released a few singles, most notably her 2010 radio hit "Whip My Hair," as well as a number of innocent covers of Frank Ocean and Rihanna. Jaden, on the other hand, has gone the lyrical route, releasing a mixtape in 2012 called The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape Vol. 1.
Still, it seemed as if they're attempts were brushed off from listeners. Not because the music wasn't necessarily good, but more so because of the situation being presented. Here are two kids, both incredibly well-off from a financial standpoint, who can do as they please. If they want to make music today, cool. Tomorrow, they'll be a movie star. Sincerity is something that shouldn't be overlooked in music. Willow and Jaden may be talented, but a true connection with their listeners has yet to be achieved.
Until, maybe, now. 13-year-old Willow Smith releases "5." Her performance is remarkable, to say the least. Gone is the teeny bopper persona that "Whip My Hair" instilled. Her voice and lyrics display an endearing intensity that SZA is currently owning in the R&B market. Jaden also delivers a surprisingly impressive verse, one that feels like the 15-year-old has stepped into a maturity that wasn't possible before. They're both still kids, and the tags included on the SoundCloud page of this song tell just as much. ("black kids," "yuck," "hipsters dont lie.") But if "5" is a look at what Willow and Jaden have in store, we may have to take their craft more seriously going forward. If the rest of their music is this good, that won't be a problem.