Willow Smith says her hard work paid off

Will Smith‘s nine-year-old daughter, Willow Smith, says she’s immensely proud of her debut single “Whip My Hair” and the video for it that was just released. She cites stars such as Lady Gaga and ’80s rocker Billy Idol as her inspirations, as well as her musical dad and mom, Jada Pinkett Smith. Willow told MTV, “It felt like all the hard work paid off, mostly that. Like all the hard work that I’ve done, like recording Whip My Hair — it’s paid off.” Willow is signed to rap icon Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation, and she admits she wasn’t fazed by meeting the 40-year-old music mogul, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter. “We went to this building, I don’t remember what it was, but we had a meeting and I got to hang out with him and meet him, and it was fun,” she said.

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  1. L1feless • October 22, 2010 @ 12:06 PM

    Her comments are not surprising. I have heard that many kids who’s parents are really famous don’t get star struck. They are used to being around famous people and not just their parents. I have seen several interviews with the Smith’s all of which were impressive. Although somethings they say are out there and may not be my cup-o-tea I have to say I am very impressed with how they have chosen to raise their children.

  2. Jodie • October 22, 2010 @ 2:16 PM

    The fact that she calls recording a song hard work, tells me that the Smith family has no idea what hard work actually is. I wish I had hard work like recording a song.

  3. Helen • October 22, 2010 @ 2:38 PM

    Jodie, I thought the same thing…on another note, it is pretty cool that Billy Idol is one of her inspirations though!

  4. Nobody Important. • October 23, 2010 @ 12:36 AM

    Isn’t nepotism great?

  5. Nobody Important • October 23, 2010 @ 7:23 AM

    Ok I just saw the video on much. The beat’s good – no surprises since it was fabricated by some of the indistry’s priciest beatmakers; however, Willow Smith looks agressive and slutty in this vid. FOR SHAME ON THE PARENTS. How about letting your 9 year old be a 9 year old?

    G*d, this world’s fukked!!

  6. Al • October 23, 2010 @ 10:14 AM

    recording music is hard work and at that age combatting news and fame and being ‘norma’ takes hard work and it is rude to assume there is no hard work involved in recording a song if you are not hte one actually doing hte recording.

  7. Nancy • October 23, 2010 @ 4:42 PM

    Who the f*ck is ‘norma’????

  8. Amanda • October 23, 2010 @ 5:50 PM

    Have you ever recorded the vocals for a song, Al? It’s not hard work. Digging a ditch is hard work. Working 9 to 5 every day in an office is hard work because you have to do it day in and day out. Day in and day out. To the end of your life. That’s hard. If I could go and record a song every once in awhile instead, I would trade for that any day.

  9. Baboom • October 23, 2010 @ 6:08 PM

    Nancy, whatever ‘norma’ is, according to Al, it takes hard work, so it’s probably best to steer away from being ‘norma.’ 🙂

  10. tributegirl • October 23, 2010 @ 6:44 PM

    lol some of these comments are just too funny!

  11. Nancy • October 23, 2010 @ 6:57 PM

    Hey tributegirl! It’s been a long time. Hope you’re well. I check in here every once in a while for a laugh, lol.

    Baboom: you should see some of the ‘norma’ people on here! The only hard work the one does is latch onto me with her suction cup lips and suck the life outta me like the leech she is, hahaha. Her name is Jo-WAnne. Steer away from that one Baboom….it’s like a bad rash that never goes away 😉

  12. N • October 23, 2010 @ 11:05 PM

    She’s nine, of course it’s hard work. Amanda have you ever recorded music in a studio before. have you ever been in music video singing. Because it is hard work, it’s not like it done all in one take, there is a process that is done. there are many definitions of Hard work, and most of you people on here are being right out F-in rude about a nine year old who is doing something she wants to do and has an interested in. It’s sad to see people trying to demean a little girl who only wants to get a head start on her career choice.

  13. Amanda • October 24, 2010 @ 11:47 AM

    Yes, N, I have, have you? I doubt it, because if you think it’s hard work, you’ve never done it. The first time I recorded a single was when I was 16. It was not hard work, it was incredibly fun. Unfortunately, I didn’t have famous parents to make sure my single was a hit right from before I even recorded it, though I did make some TV appearances (also incredibly fun) to promote it and it had some success, more success than I thought it would get considering the label it was on was not a big, well-known one. I never did a music video, but have done tons of commercials and TV/film shoots, and they’re fun too, even though there’s a ton of waiting around before you get to do your thing. But even when they went for 16 hours straight and from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. the next morning, I didn’t consider it hard work. And I bet they’re even more fun when everyone around is saying, “Willow darling, you were fabulous, is there anything we can get you? Do you need something to drink? Is there something more we can do to make your trailer/dressing room more comfortable for you? And Willow, lunch is being served, and everyone has to wait until you first pick what you want to eat. Then we can let the non-famous people eat what’s left over.” And if you’ve ever been on a set, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!

  14. jimmy • October 24, 2010 @ 6:39 PM

    Woah, The life story of someone who couldent make it in show biz. don’t blame you parents, face it you just wern’t that good probably! you sound to be a jealous person who couldent make so now is raging on a nine yesr old who calls it hard work. she didn’t work with the same people you did, not every set is the same.

  15. Christie • October 25, 2010 @ 9:43 AM

    Realize that for every one actor who earns enough to live on, there are 100,000 who don’t (Reference: ACTRA). It’s a very tough business to get into, and it’s a very incestuous one. It’s difficult to make it without relatives (Canadian Sarah Polley is one example) or sleeping with someone. To make it just on talent is like winning a lottery — it’s that difficult. So to say Amanda isn’t talented enough is unfair. And if people who are trying to get into that business are angry that someone who gets everything handed to them is calling it hard work, I can totally sympathize.

  16. L1feless • October 25, 2010 @ 1:01 PM

    Christie in some respects I understand what your saying but I do not agree. Willow still needs to attract an audience to listen to her music. I would say the only real advantage Willow Smith has is her initial and likely continued access to those who are well known and established in the industry. That being said it will still come down to money. If she cannot make those involved money they won’t waist their time and it will not pan out as a career. Promoting a single or an album is hard work. For her there was likely radio & TV adverts she would be responsible for attending some of which would have kept her away from home for days/weeks. She might have famous parents but this doesn’t change her age. She is 9 not 16. The difference in maturity is significant.

  17. Christie • October 25, 2010 @ 2:17 PM

    If it’s such hard work for a 9 year old, then shame on her parents for letting her do this. They should’ve waited until she’s 16, when it’s more fun and doesn’t seem so much like hard work. 9 year olds shouldn’t be working.

  18. frank • October 25, 2010 @ 10:20 PM

    Hard work can be fun, in the context she’s using it that’s what she seems to be saying

  19. L1feless • October 26, 2010 @ 9:16 AM

    ROFL between Amanda and Christie I cannot tell who is more bitter.

  20. Maple Leaf Mama • October 26, 2010 @ 11:13 AM

    Looks like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are attempting to build a dynasty…How about letting their children stay
    children…No rush…lots of time when they reach
    a modicum of maturity. At this rate, they’ll have a couple of shallow, self-absorbed, spoiled brats on their hands…

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