Willow Smith: The Deterioration of Pop

Posted: December 12, 2011 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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In 1987, when Will Smith and his partner, DJ Jazzy Jeff, stepped on to the scene with their debut album “Rock the House,” no one could have predicted what would follow. Will Smith has risen through the ranks and has become an incredibly powerful celebrity known for both his rapping and his acting. Although heavily criticized, he has come out on top and expects the same of both all his children.

Willow Smith, the youngest of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s children, has launched a music career that has put her in the public eye, and she is well on her way to replicating her father’s career. Will Smith’s hip hop career was frequently poked fun at because of his clean rap, but there are different reasons why I foresee a dark future in the music industry for Willow Smith. With the recent release of her new single, “Fireball,” it is time to remind music fans why pop music is so drastically deteriorating.

I don’t know what Will did for Jay-Z in order to get his daughter signed to Roc Nation, but there is no way that it could have possibly been worth it. In “Whip My Hair” Willow’s screeching, obnoxious voice made Rebecca Black sound like Adele–and her songs haven’t gotten any better. Willow’s first mistake in “Fireball” was drafting Nicki Minaj. Minaj has never helped anyone’s case and this song is no exception.

It’s not to say that the son or daughter of a former music star can’t be successful, but it is rare. Diggy Simmons, son of Rev Run of Run DMC fame, has generated a well-deserved buzz and a pretty substantial fan base. Willow Smith shouldn’t rush but rather enjoy her childhood, play with dolls, learn to ride a bike and try to develop her singing skills.

-A.J. Allen


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