Willow Smith‘s debut album is out. Surprise!
Smith’s album was released through JAY Z‘s Roc Nation label, which Smith signed to five years ago.
In an interview with Fader, Willow revealed the album would be called ARDIPHTECUS, because “Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on Earth.
“I wanted to name my musical compilation after it,” Smith continued. “Because, while I was making these songs, I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tells stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs. Ardipithecus is my first album in my entire career and it makes me feel so blessed to be able to share my evolution with the LightEaters as I continue excavating my inner worlds.”
Of the 15 tracks on the album, Smith wrote 14 and produced 10 herself. Additional support comes from Willow’s older brother AcE (Trey Smith) and JABS.
The album is available for streaming on Spotify as well as iTunes.