Southern rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em has reportedly confirmed speculation that he is partially responsible for ten year-old Roc Nation artist Willow Smith‘s hit anthem, “Whip My Hair.”
Soulja Boy broke the news of his involvement on Twitter Sunday (January 2).
“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)
Reports claim Smith recites a portion of Soulja Boy’s trademarked words within the track.
It seems that Soulja Boy was smart enough to trademark “hopped up out the bed / turn my swag on” and that is ultimately why he was able to Kia Shine his way into being a writer on Willow’s song. He didn’t exactly lie, but he didn’t exactly write the d*mn song either. Duck Tales! (Illseed Rumors)
In September, Jay-Z claimed Smith’s “Whip My Hair” earned her a spot on Roc Nation.
“First off, I heard the [‘Whip My Hair’] record first, before I knew that it was recorded by a nine year-old,” Jay said in an interview with radio host Ryan Seacrest. “I was like, ‘Man, that record is a smash.’ — I went to Japan to do some stuff and they were out there and I met Willow and she walked in and the first thing she said was, ‘I’m really nervous,’ and I thought that maturity, explaining exactly how she was feeling as she was walking in the room, I knew right there she was a star. I believe in super stars and I believe in big records on super stars…Yes, [I signed her and we plan on helping her] facilitate all her ideas. As you’re going to learn today, if you sit with her for a half hour, you’ll see, she’s just a wealth of information and ideas…She’s a child, she has child innocence but she has a refreshing clear vision of what she wants to be…And I imagine that’s how Mike [Jackson] was as a kid.” (Rap Radar)
Although signed to Jay’s Roc Nation, Willow’s deal reportedly involves her Hollywood 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)
Listen to “Whip My Hair” remix down below: