"Whip My Hair" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Age-appropriate hip-hop by daughter of Hollywood royalty.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Song sends positive message about being yourself and having fun, no matter what other people might say or think. "Keep my head up and I know I'll be fine."

Positive role models

9-year-old's song is age appropriate but she sounds a bit older than she actually is. But her self-confidence and flair for fun is certainly an admirable trait for any age.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the first single from nine-year-old Willow Smith, daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Although Smith sounds older than she is, this hip-hop song is age appropriate and an anthem about being strong and being yourself.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Willow Smith
Release date:September 21, 2010
Label:ROC Nation
Genre:R&B/Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old January 24, 2015
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8
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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.

Really? Most all songs are repetitive. This song is better than the other Willow songs I've heard. (I only heard 2) Willow isn't in a good community because she listens to Nicki Minaj, (Nicki Minaj was in Fireball) so don't judge her for putting "party" in her song. (Even though the line is very unlikely to mean "partying") She was only 10.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 December 18, 2012
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4
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Stop repeating that line!

This could be better...if it wasn't so repetitive. Like, the verses are decent, but the choruses are annoying. At least the message is good :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 December 18, 2012
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7
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Annoying and Repetitive

I find this song very annoying and repetitive; basically all she sings is, "I whip my hair back and forth!" But, that's just me. This song is fine for kids.

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