If the early enthusiasm is to be believed, [lastfm]Rihanna[/lastfm] may have a threat in 9-year-old Willow Smith. On Tuesday, the pint-size daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith leaked her first single, “Whip My Hair,” setting music blogs abuzz with comparisons to the Barbadian R&B star.
With a crazy beat that works on the schoolyard and the dance floor, Willow tells the ladies to snap their heads “back and forth” and whip that hair like a helicopter.
Solange Knowles has co-signed on the track, tweeting, “Willow Smith make me wanna whip some haiiirrr in this house. Ummm kill em girl. Kill em!”
[lastfm]Brandy[/lastfm] jumped onboard too. “OK, these lil Smith kids are AMAZING!!” the singer tweeted. “I whip my hair back and forth… Ms Willow is not to be played with!!”
Encouraged by her talented parents, Willow is embarking on a music career when many of her peers are simply worrying about fifth-grade homework. She made her acting debut at the age of 6, starring alongside her father in 2007’s “I Am Legend.” Her credits also include a role in “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl” and voice-over work for the animated feature “Madagascar 2.”
Already building a fanbase with her electric red carpet fashion, Willow tagged along with big brother Jaden to [lastfm]Justin Bieber[/lastfm]‘s concert at Madison Square Garden last week. Jaden was there to rap alongside Bieber on their “Karate Kid” track “Never Say Never.” But Willow is also drawing the attention of Bieber’s camp.
On Tuesday, Justin’s video director Alfredo Flores tweeted, “WHAT!!??! Willow Smith just KILLED “Whip My Hair”… [lastfm]Rihanna[/lastfm], [lastfm]Keri[/lastfm], [lastfm]Ciara[/lastfm], [lastfm]Ashanti[/lastfm] – please be warned.”
With rumors circulating that Willow will sign with [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm]’s Roc Nation music label and start her own clothing line, she might soon be overshadowing her big brother, or even her parents.
Jada, who has fronted her own metal band, told Ambassador magazine back in June that Willow is working on an album that will be released soon.