Its been seven year since Willow Smith dropped her hit single “Whip My Hair”. The singer who is wise beyond her years celebrated her 17th birthday today by releasing an album, The 1st. The guitar-driven project analyzes romance, philosophy, and human behavior.

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Willow told Refinery 29

This album is the first step into me diving 100 percent into my musicality. For my last album, I spent a lot of time on the computer producing, so this time I was learning the guitar as I created the album and focused more on composing and instrumentation. I was seeking the answer to the question, ‘Who am I as an artist, really?’ I’m so excited for people to hear what’s in my heart.

Although the singer who is constantly commended for her maturity and wisdom at a tender age, she understands that she still has a lot of growing up to do.


Throughout my entire life, everyone’s been telling me ‘You’re so ahead of your time, your parents should be so happy. But when people are telling you this all the time, you start to believe it, and then you start condemning yourself for making mistakes, because you already see yourself as someone who should already know everything. But I don’t know everything. I’m still growing up.

The 1st came ahead of the release of her brother Jaden Smith’s debut album, SYRE: A Beautiful Confusion. But before you start comparing the siblings’ albums, you can listen to Willow’s own below.