In 2010 were released Whip My Hair and 21st Century Girl, Willow’s first two singles, called by the critic “kid-friendly”. They should have been part of a debut album, never launched. After a couple of years, and a couple of songs more, last December she publish her first real album, Ardipithecus.
“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…“
Inevitable being curious. Listening to the record you immediately perceive two distinctive features: on one side the freedom, on the other her being a bit premature. Her feminine (and feminist) facet is openly shown on her Instagram profile and in her music too, finding in her voice – sometime bold, sometime unsteady – a perfect ally.
Being free and premature results a perfect match for this brave debut: Willow Smith isn’t in search for the greatest hit, but she’s building a sort of background from where starts to create a more solid artistic identity.