Three reasons we’re crazy about this clip from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s 9-year-old daughter.
1 The song totally rules
A great video starts with a cool tune, of course, and few recent tracks are more infectiously silly than Smith’s unexpectedly solid jam. Sure, the infinitely repeated ”I whip my hair back and forth” gets exhausting after a while, but that’s only because we all still have ”Whip” on near-constant replay.
2 It reminds us of videos we dig
The paint-spatter vibe? Reminiscent of the Spin Doctors’ colorful 1992 video for ”Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” Those stacked-posse dance sequences? Straight out of Beyoncé’s groundbreaking 2008 dancefest ”Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” Her rockin’ coiffure? Could be a sweet riff on Janelle Monáe’s creepy 2008 ”Many Moons” short film.
3 Her potential shines through
It would’ve been easy to brush off Smith’s debut as just the latest pop offering from a Hollywood heiress. But now that the already unstoppable ”Whip My Hair” has been augmented by this romp of a video, we can’t wait to find out what she’ll be doing in a year — and in a decade. Cynics will suggest this is all the work of powerful producers (and parents), but we’re hoping it’s the first fun taste of a new star in the making.