Jay-Z has confirmed to signing Will and Jada’s 9-year-old daughter, Willow Smith to his Roc-Nation label. During a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest the talented youngster explained the meaning of her new single, ‘Whip My Hair’ and revealed her new-found fame was rather over-whelming…
“It’s very very amazing, and it’s very overwhelming ‘cause all of the red carpet and the flashes, all the people wanting to meet you, it’s very overwhelming for a nine year old. The song means just being an individual. You can’t be afraid to be yourself and you can’t let anyone tell you that that’s wrong. My mom and I are very strong individuals and I just know that because lots of people don’t act like themselves so they’re not happy.”
Jigga called the show to confirm the big news and had this to say about his bright new star:
“I heard the record first before I even knew that it was recorded by a 9- year-old. I was like, ‘Man, that record is a smash.’ And then Jay Brown told me that she was nine and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ Then they told me that it was Will and Jada’s daughter and I was like, ‘Whoa, whoa!’ Then I was in Japan doing some things and they were all in Japan so I met Willow and she walked in and the first thing she said was, ‘I’m really nervous.’ I thought that maturity, explaining exactly how she was feeling when she walked in the room, I knew right then that she is a star. I believe in Superstars. I believe in big records and big superstars and I believe that she has both!”
Jay-Z on Willow’s attitude:
“She’s a child, she has child’s innocence but she has a clear vision of what she wants and who she wants to be. I can only imagine that’s how Mike (Michael Jackson) was as a young kid, he knew exactly what he wanted.”
Jay-Z on her being too young:
“I believe that you have to start somewhere. When you have that sort of talent and you have that sort of vision then there is no such thing as too young. Again, I heard the record without knowing who it was, it’s a hit record! If you listen to anyone, if you listen to any comments, everyone says that they can’t believe, as adults, that they like a record that is made by a 9 year old. But we all dance to Michael Jackson records from when he was 8 years old. Stevie Wonder started at 8. It’s just what it is, it’s who she is.”
Jay-Z’s advice to Willow:
“Just enjoy. Just enjoy the process and have fun doing it. Stick true to the values that she has coming in the door. I’m gonna try to help her not let the music business change any of those ideas and stick true to who she is as a person. And enjoy it and have fun!”
The Smith’s are one hell of a talented family. In other Jay-Z related news, the rap mogul has been nominated for an impressive 10 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The ‘Run This Town’ MC leads the pack with 10 nods and breaks the record for highest number of nominations in the award show’s five year history. Drake follows close by with eight nominations, and Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross got seven nods each.
The fifth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards takes place on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta and will be hosted by comedian/actor Mike Epps.