What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Willow Smith's flirtatious and infectious single "Summer Fling" is mostly fine for tweens, with the most explicit lyric being a suggestion of a "goodnight kiss if the mood is right." Some critics have taken issue with a 12-year-old's use of the term "fling" and the advanced age of her apparent love interest in the music video, but the images and words are tasteful and appropriate for older kids and up.
What's the story?
Willow Smith follows up the success of her 2010 smash hit "Whip My Hair" with this single, "Summer Fling." The track is a collaboration with new producer DJ Fabrega, and is being released under the artist name Melodic Chaotic, from a forthcoming project that has yet to be detailed. A music video featuring a Fourth of July-style pool party has made a big splash on YouTube, and generated controversy over whether the material is age-appropriate for a girl who's just 12 years old.
Is it any good?
Smith's voice sounds beautiful, her rap style is exciting and contemporary, the lyrics are catchy and sweet, and the production is warm and stripped-down. Basically, the track has been crafted to compete for the title of anthem of the summer.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the song's theme. Some bloggers and parents' groups have been upset by someone so young singing about mature themes of love and intimacy. Do you think this is a fair critique? Why or why not?
Willow and her brother, Jaden Smith, have both followed in the footsteps of their famous parents by embarking on careers in the entertainment industry. How might their celebrity upbringing affect their artistic approach?
How do you feel about the extreme hairstyles, body art, and piercings featured on the kids in the video? Why are these styles becoming more acceptable in the mainstream?