Willow Smith, daughter of Jada and Will Smith, has just graduated from celebrity baby to performer in her own right while her parents have added another notch to their momager/popager belts. You may recall they recently launched son Jaden’s acting career by producing the remake of “The Karate Kid,” film franchise and placing him in the lead role.
Willow’s first music video was expertly directed by Ray Kay, who is best known for Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ videos. It’s reported that she will perform the single in front of a live audience at The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
Director Kay told Rap-Up of the video: “I’m really happy to be involved with a project that has such a positive message as this one, and I’m certain people that are watching the video will feel inspired to develop their own individuality and freedom and express their own art after seeing Willow in this video.”
Heavy-hitter Jay-Z signed Willow to his own Roc Nation label just last month. He shared with Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that he first heard “Whip My Hair” before he knew it had been recorded by a young child. “I was like, ‘Man, that record’s a smash,’ ” he recalls. “And then Jay Brown [Jay-Z’s Roc Nation partner] told him, “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.”
Willow shared that “Whip My Hair,” “[just] means just be an individual. Like, you can’t be afraid to be yourself, you have to be yourself, and you can’t let anyone tell you that that’s wrong.”
Several remake and remix versions of the debut video have all ready gone viral on You Tube. Watch the original here: http://www.willowsmith.com/