News: Willow Smith Flashes "Mad Skillz" For Roc Nation Debut
Thursday, Jan 6, 2011 11:40AM
Child sensation Willow Smith has reportedly recruited the hand of renowned ghostwriter Skillz to help pen her forthcoming Roc Nation debut.
According to Skillz, fans can anticipate the 10-year-old's solo LP dropping this year.
"We're working on some stuff for Willow Smith's album," he revealed in an interview. "I worked with her dad [Will Smith] on a few projects before so you know I have a relationship with him. It was just a natural progression like they're doing music so, you know, that door's always open. I'd be crazy not to try to walk through it, so we're working on some stuff. Her Roc Nation debut will be out probably next year. I can write for anybody. It's just stepping outside of yourself, looking at the market and realize on what's missing and try to fill that void. We all throw darts, sometimes they stick, sometimes they don't. But, you know, you keep going." (BET)
Earlier this week, 20-year-old rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em credited himself for helping write Willow's "Whip My Hair" single.
"YES ITS TRUE I WROTE "WHIP MY HAIR" FOR WILLOW SMITH. THATS WHY SHE SAYS HOP OUT THE BED TURN MY SWAG ON. WE GETTING $$$ 2011 NO GAMES," Soulja Boy tweeted. (Soulja Boy's Twitter)
Based on recent reports, Willow's Roc Nation deal involves her blockbuster actor father, Will Smith.
Willow Smith knows her place -- she's a daughter/employee of Will Smith. TMZ has obtained documents filed by Roc Nation, Willow's record label owned by Jay-Z. According to the docs, Roc Nation entered into a recording agreement with Spooky Girl, Inc. "for exclusive recording and entertainment services of Willow Smith." Spooky Girl is Willow's company -- sort of. You see, the Prez of Spooky Girl is Will, and Willow is listed as an "employee." And it gets more interesting, because Jada Pinkett Smith is listed as Willow's guardian. Will can't list himself as a parent or guardian because it conflicts with his duties as president of Spooky Girl. So legally speaking, Jada protects Willow from Will! (TMZ)
Last October, Willow reflected being an artist on Jay-Z's Roc Nation roster.
"It felt like all the hard work paid off, mostly that," Willow told us. "Like all the hard work that I've done, like recording 'Whip My Hair' -- it's paid off." She recalled making introductions: "We went to this building, I don't remember what it was, but we had a meeting and I got to hang out with him and meet him, and it was fun." (MTV)
Neither a title or release date for Willow Smith's debut have been revealed.
Check out Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" remix down below: