LOS ANGELES – Willow Smith, the talented 12-year-old daughter of powerhouse couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, debuted her talent back in 2010 with her hip hop hit “Whip My Hair.” Yesterday during an interview with Oprah Winfrey she debuted another hit, this one given by her father Will.
“I love my dad. He’s super talented, but he puts a lot of pressure on me and my brother Jaden. And by pressure, I mean mentally to be the best and physically on our ass when we’re not,” a tearful Willow told Oprah.
Although Willow didn’t show the audience her bruised butt, the well-molded Tempur Pedic pillow she was sitting on was proof enough.
Willow revealed that it took two years to record “Whip My Hair” and complete her album, Knees and Elbows , because it was never good enough for Will or Jay-Z, who released it on his record label, Roc Nation. The album title was chosen the night of the final recording when Will said, “That’s what you’ll be crawling on, looking for work, if this isn’t a success.”
“I’m lucky. The song was liked by a lot of people. But the response to my brother Jaden’s role as The Karate Kid that same year wasn’t as good, so we both got whipped,” she told Oprah. “I remember hearing my father repeat under his breath, before each blow, something about how parents just don’t understand why their kids are failures.”
Suddenly, as if a mood switch had been turned on, Willow jumped from her chair and her entourage appeared on stage. A once tearful audience was soon bumping and grinding to her most recent hit, “Whip My Ass,” a self-written rap about her father’s first beatdown.
The lyrics go on to mention defying her father and the Roc Nation record label, and whipping their ass in sales by signing with Cash Money Records.
Willow ended the show by referencing another Jay-Z protégé: “I used to idolize Rihanna and want to follow her around, But now I’m making my own hits, and she can keep getting hers from Brown.”