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You can notice how most the negative reviews are from teenagers. Therefore, they are probably just trying to find a reason to hate this song.
What's the story?
The super-cute, spunky daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow shows that the apple definitely doesn't fall far from the celebrity tree (brother Jaden has become quite the star). "WHIP MY HAIR," Willow's first single, is a catchy hip-hop beat that sounds like it's being sung by Rihanna or Beyonce instead of a pint-sized tween. Jay Z's Roc Nation label put out the song, with a full album already in the works.
Is it any good?
It's hard to believe that it's nine-year-old pipes rapping about "shaking off those haters" on this sassy tune. Although Willow Smith sounds quite a bit older than she actually is, the song is fine for tweens, with its message of self-confidence: "Don't let haters keep me off my grind, keep my head up and I know I'll be fine." Be prepared to hear your kids singing "I whip my hair back and forth" about a million times a day, but rest assured, it's an action of strength, confidence, and pint-sized girl power.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Willow Smith is the daughter of two very famous Hollywood actors. Does this fact alone intrigue you and make you want to buy or listen to this song? What do you think about the fact that Willow is only nine years old? Is that too young to begin a music career?
Talk about nepotism. Would Willow Smith have a career in music without the help of her famous parents?
Willow Smith has already received some attention because of her fun, spunky personal style. Do you like the way Willow dresses and looks? Does it make you want to change your hair or clothes when a famous person looks a certain way?
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