Remember Willow Smith? Daughter of that guy from Wild Wild West and the singer from Wicked Wisdom? Of hair-whipping fame? After dropping her well-received first single “Whip My Hair,” Smith didn’t do anything for a while, probably because she had to prepare for a science fair or something. Then she unveiled “21st Century Girl,” which didn’t have the same kind of pop as “Whip My Hair” and didn’t receive nearly the attention of her first single. Was her journey to stardom over before it really got started?
Perhaps not. Yesterday, Smith’s third single made its way onto the radio. It’s called “Fireball,” and it’s a duet with Nicki Minaj, who certainly seems like an inspiration to Smith (at least in the hair department). Give it a spin below.
Produced by Stoopid Boots (can you even fathom the names that person rejected before landing on “Stoopid Boots”?), the track relies on the same sort of churning, jittery energy that made “Whip My Hair” a hit. Minaj’s verse isn’t her finest work, though she does get points for shouting out Chun-Li from Street Fighter.
According to “Whip My Hair” producer Jukebox, Smith is back in the studio finishing up her debut album, and she hopes to have it out by the end of the year. She is, of course, signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, which just scored its first major success in J. Cole’s chart-topping Cole World: The Sideline Story.
What do you think of “Fireball”? Is it too similar to “Whip My Hair”? Are you excited for Willow Smith’s album? Write your comments back and forth below.
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