Most teenagers are thinking about getting a car but Willow Smith just wrote an entire album. The famous daughter of Will and Jada Smith surprised fans today with a new album, Ardipithecus, and the lead single "F Q-C #8.”
The debut album shows the “Whip My Hair” artist all grown up. According to Fader, Willow is credited as sole songwriter on 14 of the 15 tracks, and sole producer on 10 of them. Older brother AcE (aka Trey Smith) produced three tracks. This is a HUGE deal. Most artists—even superstars like Rihanna and Beyonce—use a team of professional songwriters and producers to create entire albums. At just 15-years old, Willow is in charge of her sound and artistic direction.
Here’s what fans have to say:
As for the strange name, the precocious teen breaks it down: "Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs,” she says. “Ardipithecus is my first album in my entire career and it makes me feel so blessed to be able to share my evolution with the LightEaters as I continue excavating my inner worlds…"