"21st Century Girl" (CD Single)

 
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Sassy, kid-friendly hip-hop from Hollywood daughter.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song's message is that you can be your own person without growing up too fast.

Positive role models

Smith shows young fans that you can be an individual, unique and strong, but in an age-appropriate way.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the second single from Hollywood royalty Willow Smith and is all about being a "21st century girl." The lyrics are sassy and fun, showing that you can be strong, unique, and your own person without growing up too fast. Parents can feel fine about letting tweens blast this age-appropriate song.

What's the story?

Ten-year-old Willow Smith has already made a name for herself -- well, her celebrity parents did -- but she's showing that she's got the singing chops, hair do, and personality to make it as a pop singer in her own right. Her second single, "21ST CENTURY GIRL," is more of a club-beat pop mix compared to her first, synth-style hit "Whip My Hair" and is all about being a strong, independent girl who makes her own way in this world (insert sassy "Z" snap) -- so watch out.

Is it any good?

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Yes, her parents are famous, but Smith has real talent. When she sings, she sounds like a young Rihanna or a nicer, more polished Ke$ha, and she has so much personality and charisma that you can't help but be spellbound by her kid-friendly, girl-powered, no-nonsense pop. "21st Century Girl" is trendy, memorable, and a perfect anthem for sassy tweens who like the music and attitude of artists like Ke$ha or Rihanna but are really too young to be listening to them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Smith's privileged background. Do you think she would be as successful if her parents weren't Will & Jada Pinkett Smith? Can you think of other artists who might have gotten special treatment because of their famous families or connections?

  • Smith's song is all about being yourself, making your own rules, and living life to the fullest -- but "with class."  What does it mean to have class? 

  • With so many young artists growing up too fast, do you think Smith is too young to be in the spotlight? Do you think she is more or less likely to make poor choices like other young female stars (like Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears)? Why?

Music details

Artist:Willow Smith
Release date:March 2, 2011
Type:Single
Label:ROC Nation
Genre:Pop music for kids
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byvolleyballnchocolate March 21, 2011
 

Just another wannabe

Puh-LEEZE! Daughter of Will Smith + Autotune + Songwriters = Yet another pop star wannabe. This is ridiculous. Just because she's some famous guy's kid, does not make her a talented singer (hello, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian). And her outfits are stupid and rip off Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Lady GaGa's personal styles. So, congratulations, Willow. You managed to break into the music business. And I'm sure daddy had NOTHING to do with that.
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 3, 2012
 

21st century girl cd single

successful if her parents weren't Will & Jada Pinkett Smith? Can you think of other artists who might have gotten special treatment because of their famous families or connections? Smith's song is all about being yourself, making your own rules, and living life to the fullest -- but "with class." What does it mean to have class? With so many young artists growing up too fast, do you think Smith is too young to be in the spotlight? Do you think she is more or less likely to make poor choices like other young female stars (like Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears)? Why?
What other families should know
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