News: "Nicki Minaj Is Absolutely An Amazing Person. She Has So Much Energy" [Video]

Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 10:04PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Roc Nation protege Willow Smith recently opened up about working alongside rap star Nicki Minaj for their "Fireball" collaboration and how the joint effort came together.

Hitting up the "Ryan Seacrest Show" this week, Smith delved into her admiration for the self-proclaimed Barbie.

"Nicki Minaj is absolutely an amazing person. She has so much energy and working with her was like just a spark. We were coming together with all our art and everything and it was amazing," Smith explained. "We didn't really give each other ideas. We were just kind of talking about what, like, kind of what a fireball is. A fireball is somebody--it doesn't have to be a girl or a boy--somebody that just goes out there and does what they want to do and is just so outgoing and tries new things and just is true to who they are." ("Ryan Seacrest Show")

In early November, Minaj revealed being on-set for her and Smith's "Fireball" music video.

"Video Shoot," she tweeted Saturday (November 6).
"I'm the Fire Ball of the party. Pauz http://lockerz.com/s/153719101"
"The entire Smith family >>>>>>>>"
"I'm the newest member of the family! Lmaoooooo. How cute are they barbz???? Willow goin ham in the video.http://lockerz.com/s/153728773" (Nicki Minaj's Twitter)

A few days ago, Willow announced plans to drop her long-awaited solo debut in April.

2012 is Willow Smith's year. The 11-year-old superstar has set a spring release date for her much-anticipated debut. During her appearance on "106 & Park," Willow announced that her album will arrive on April 3, 2012. The oft-delayed project, due on Roc Nation, has spawned the singles "Whip My Hair," "21st Century Girl," and "Fireball" featuring Nicki Minaj. A video for the latter will debut next week on "106 & Park." (Rap-Up)

Although signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation, Willow's deal reportedly involves her Hollywood actor father.

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)

Willow Smith's untitled debut is slated to drop Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012.

Check out Willow Smith's interview below:

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