Willow Smith, daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, is just 15 years old, but already she’s a veteran of music game. Five years ago she dropped her earworm of a debut single, “Whip My Hair”, and has since maintained her relevance thanks to collaborations with Nicki Minaj and SZA. Today, she surprise released her debut full-length, Ardipithecus, available to download via iTunes.
As FADER notes, 14 of the 15 tracks list Willow as the sole songwriter, and the sole producer for 10 of them. The lead single, “F Q-C #8”, features Sia-esque vocals overtop an experimental soundscape of piano and xylophone. Listen below.
Discussing the album’s title and concept, Willow said in a statement, “Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it 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 tell 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…”