Let’s be brutally honest here, the only reason that Jaden and Willow Smith are famous is because of their parents. They don’t bring anything new or refreshing to music, or art as a whole. The best thing that Willow has done is make “Whip My Hair,” the video is kind of cool and it was a cute, viral song, before it made me want to rip my ears off.
And Jaden? The coolest, most interesting thing he’s done is tweet the most mind-numbingly stupid things you will ever read. Seriously, his Twitter feed is the most absurd thing I’ve ever read through. More absurd than the comments on World Star.
The attention he’s been getting recently for his “music” has been really frustrating. He’s gotten a co-sign from Childish Gambino and his EP’s /singles have received a post on every major blog in not only hip hop, but music in general. He’s become a sort of icon in pop culture, for seemingly no reason aside from his dad and dumb tweets.
I’ll admit, I didn’t hate his Prakruti EP. It consisted of three songs and the production was nice. However, he’s on par with thousands of other artists that are working 100 times harder and deserve those posts and co-signs so much more than Jaden. His dad is Will Smith, giving him all of the resources that he could ever want at his disposal. Producers, recording equipment, studios, other celebrities, connections to major names in music, etc. If I had those resources I’d probably be trying to make a mixtape as well, because why not. At the very least I’d get a few hundred thousand plays. He’s got nothing to lose in going out on a limb with all of his nonsensical thoughts and mediocre music.
The final straw for me was reading an interview that Willow and Jaden did with the New York Times. It legitimately made me sick to my stomach reading it over. Below are some of the quotes I’ve pulled from the interview. I’ve also provided the full link if you want to read everything in context (New York Times Interview).
Here’s what Willow had to say about the concept of time: “I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist.” Apparently one of the perks of being extremely wealthy is that you can make time move slow or fast.
Jaden followed Willow’s statement with: “It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe. It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds. But it’s also such a thing that you can get lost in.” Because, you know, a lot of the time you might not even be on earth, you could be out somewhere else in the universe. Brilliant insight on ‘time’ there from young Jaden.
The rest of that stream of thought went like this between the Smith siblings:
WILLOW: “Because living.”
JADEN: “Right, because you have to live. There’s a theoretical physicist inside all of our minds, and you can talk and talk, but it’s living.”
WILLOW: “It’s the action of it.”
Jaden provided more profound insight on the topic of driving: “You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out.” Give this kid his license, he doesn’t need drivers ed; he doesn’t need to learn about things because accidents happen anyways.
Perhaps the most ridiculous point made in the entire interview came from Jaden on his thoughts about Prana energy and newborn babies: “When babies are born, their soft spots bump: It has, like, a heartbeat in it. That’s because energy is coming through their body, up and down.” No Words.
I don’t need to say more about the interview. The New York Times basically gave Jaden Smith an even bigger platform to tweet on, thanks. Also, Willow, please don’t follow in your brother’s footsteps.
Written by Jesse Wiles