Will Smith and his son Jaden have been promoting their upcoming movie ‘After Earth‘ and stopped by ‘The Graham Norton Show‘ to chat about the film and if they have worked on music together. Neither could resist picking up their mics for a freestyle, and it looks like Bradley Cooper wanted to join in. Then Will mentioned his last appearance on the show where he did the classic theme song to his television show ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ so Smith busted it out again with a couple of special guests.
DJ Jazzy Jeff! AlfonsoRibeiro, who I guess just happened to be in the UK as well! Get this, Jaden wasn’t even born when FPOBA ended in 1996. Now you can feel old like the rest of us.
I’m gonna say this once. (Okay, that’s a fib. We all know my sport of choice is beating a dead horse, so this rant is only beginning.) Don’t even compare a 9-year old MICHAEL JACKSON to Willow Smith. Michael had raw talent; his parents were not wealthy celebrities who could get him into any record labels door…so just don’t EVEN. Oh–and let’s add the electronic enhancements to Miss Willow’s voice on her “Whip My Hair” single–MORE than auto-tune–that Michael didn’t have to depend upon.
It’s being widely reported that Willow has been signed to Jay-Z’s label
And here we have the statement from Jay-Z, via MTV.com:
“It’s rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career.
If you sat with [Willow] for half an hour, she’s just a wealth of information and ideas. She has child innocence but she has a clear vision of what she wants and who she wants to be.”
MTV.com quoted a few more comments which plainly (but clearly inadvertently?) indicate how very much celebrity nepotism played a part in Willow’s signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation:
“Describing Willow’s debut as “a hit,” Jay-Z said on Thursday morning (September 9) that he first heard the track before he knew it had been recorded by a 9-year-old. “I was like, ‘Man, that record’s a smash.’ And then [Roc Nation partner] Jay Brown said, ‘She’s 9,’ and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ And [then] he was like, ‘She’s Will and Jada’s daughter,’ and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ and it just went from there.”
Hov first met with Willow in Japan, where she was traveling with her family for big brother Jaden’s film “The Karate Kid.” Jay-Z was impressed with the youngster’s natural confidence.
Although Willow only started working on her music this year, Jay-Z — who drew comparisons to another young pop star he discovered, Rihanna — said he sees great things in the young artist’s future.
“I don’t want to go so far, but I can imagine that’s how Mike [Jackson] was as a young kid — he knew exactly what he wanted,” Jay said, comparing Smith to the late King of Pop. To critics who question Willow’s early start, Jay-Z pointed out that music stars often have early beginnings. STOP. RIGHT. THERE.
“I believe that you have to start somewhere, and when you have that sort of talent and vision, there’s no such thing as too young. Again, I heard the record without knowing who it was. … We all danced to Michael Jackson records when he was 8. Stevie Wonder started at 8, it’s just what it is, who she is.” I said: STOP!!
Jaaay-zus H. Comparing this little snip to Stevie and Michael??? My hair is on fire. I need food and an extinguisher. Bloody NOW.