When you’re a famous couple and you allow your kids to get into show business at an early age, there are bound to be criticisms. Â Jada Pinkett (wife of Will Smith) has responded to those criticisms by saying that she is not out to exploit her children, and she makes a couple of interesting points in her favor. Â One, she and Will are not some struggling working class people trying to make a buck from their offspring.
They don’t need the money, and there’s no pressure on the kids to be financial crutches for the family. Â True, they have a very unusual family structure, with two famous parents, and the kids were going to have to deal with that no matter whatâ€¦ so why not let them follow their dreams? Â They’ve obviously got more than their share of creative genes, and Jada says it would be a shame to stop them out of fear. Â Fair enough.
Will Smith‘s new job seems to be pimping out his kids to Hollywood and the music industry, and his latest project is a remake movie for his pop singer daughter, Willow. Â Last year, Smith’s son Jaden got his chance to do a remake with an updated version of The Karate Kid, and now the Smiths are in talks with Sony about doing a remake of Annie with Willow in the title role.
I’m not entirely sure about this – sure, the kid is cute and she had a hit single, but show tunes require the performer to be able to sing on a level that most kid pop stars can’t really handle, and it seems to me Willow is more about her image than about her singing ability. Â Still, if Will Smith is going to push this project then it’s probably going to happen whether his daughter can sing or not.
Will and Jada Smith now have a second child that’s headed to superstardom. Â Their daughter Willow Smith, only 9 years old, has just released her debut single, entitled “Whip My Hair” (yes, that’s really what it’s called). Â Smith is signed on Roc Nation, Jay-Z‘s label, and the single already appears to be doing well, with close to half a million views after only a few days.
If you’ve heard the song, you can understand the concerns that some people have raised about whether such mature themes about partying are appropriate material for a 9-year-old singer. Â Jay-Z seems to think there’s nothing wrong with it, arguing that “when you have that sort of talent, there is no such thing as too young.” Â I think in Jay-Z’s case, there’s no such thing as too rich, either, and the way this single is going, it’s bound to make a pretty penny for him.