WILLOW by WILLOW SMITH
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
equality factor: Expresses her loyalty and ideals about African American women's rights through her art
feature parts: Jaden Smith
producer: Willow, Tyler Cole
label: MSFTSMusic - Roc Nation
origin: Los Angeles, California
I would dare to say that with her young 19 years, "Willow", Willow Smith's third studio album (at 22 minutes long), is her masterpiece. Willow (homonymous with her name) is a dreamy album, a space album. It is the first description that comes to mind since from the first time I heard it, it immersed me fictitiously in a mysterious journey through the universe.
"Willow is an melodic album that blend of psychedelic soul and R&B"
The album was entirely co-written and produced by Willow and her boyfriend Tyler Cole, and musically, it's a melodic blend of psychedelic soul and R&B.
Every track is an intriguing musical odyssey into the unknown - you don't know what you're going to find. It takes you from the darkness of lyrics such as "feel like a knife, as it burrows into me" to 'Pretty Girlz", in which she comments on society's conventional beauty standards.
On “Time Machine,” she longs to live her life out among a previous generation, so she can rub shoulders with the visionaries of the past with whom she feels kinship and she is nostalgic for the simpler days of MTV.
She also writes about love, but primarily in the philosophical sense.
Willow, it's one of those records where you don't know when it changes from one song to another, where edges blend unnoticed an unquestioned.
Willow Smith is also a loyal activist for African-American women's rights. When she was 10 years old, she released her single debut "Whip My Hair" (ft Nicki Minaj), a song that celebrates African American girls and their beauty through empowerment a song that teaches that it is okay to love and which she later claimed like her first real connection to women's rights and women's liberation. "At the time I didn't really understand all those dynamics, but I was hoping that song would speak to other black girls, but it also spoke to me and somehow started my advocacy for women's liberation. I didn't understand what it was at the time. That was really the first time I said, okay, I'm taking this power for myself." Willow said in an interview with Rachel Carglee.
"Black women, in general, have a great stigma about hair and bringing freedom to it with Whip Your Hair was powerful"
Willow Smith has reinvented herself as an alternative R&B artist and established her own status as a stand-alone force to be reckoned with, talented enough to stand out from her famous family.