"Kite" (CD Single)

 
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Smith sibs collaborate in slow, clean rap track.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

No real messages in the song.

Positive role models

There's no denying that these privileged tweens have talent. Plus, making an album with your sibling only shows how well siblings can get along, right?

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Nothing too sexier than the lyrics "I'm kissing down your neck" and "make like the birds and bees and fly away."

Language

Clean lyrics from a rapper? Sounds like Will Smith. Oh...wait...

Consumerism

Mentions Cabo (San Lucas), Louis Vuitton shoes, and Aladdin.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the super kids of supercouple Will and Jada Smith show that not only are they talented, but they also get along, too. Jaden and Willow collaborate on the Teo-produced single "Kite," a clean, slow-tempo freestyle rap that lets them both showcase what their momma and their daddy gave them. The content is fine for kids; the only potential issue comes in lyrics that say "I'm kissing down your neck" and "make like the birds and bees and fly away."

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What's the story?

As if hit records and movies by the ages of 12 aren't enough, the Smith kids, Jaden and Willow, collaborate for the first time on the Teo-produced single, KITE. It's a slow, R&B rap that's more like a freestyle. Willow has already had a hit with "Whip My Hair" and Jaden (The Karate Kid) is one of the few collaborators on Kid Cudi's album, Indicud.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Jaden and Willow no doubt have big shoes to fill, and already at such young ages they're doing a pretty good job. It's obvious these kids have talent, even if they do come from some cushy beginnings. Although "Kite" gets a little old and seems to drone on with Jaden's monotone rapping, the freestyle feel of it starts to grow on you. And remember, he's only 14. Willow jumps in with the same kind of dragging tone, rapping, "Lost in space, I see your face on Maaaaarrrs." When she starts to actually sing and put some color in her voice, it becomes much more interesting. Again, she's only 12. "Kite" may not be a superhit, but it hints at more good things to come from these supersibs. And certainly, no offense Dad, it's a little edgier than "Parents Just Don't Understand."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about nepotism. Do you think the Smith kids are getting a break because of who their parents are? Or is the public more critical of privileged celebrity kids?

  • Jaden and Willow's dad, Will Smith, was and is known for always rapping "clean." Do you think his children will and should follow in his footsteps? Why or why not? Are there enough "clean" rappers out there?

  • Do you think the Smith kids have what it takes to make it in the music business? Why or why not?

Music details

Artists:Jaden Smith, Willow Smith
Release date:January 14, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Good Music
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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