Today in happy surprises: Willow Smith just dropped her first album ever!
Without a doubt, Willow Smith is one of the more fascinating celebrity kids out there, especially after bursting onto the scene with her hair-positive jam “Whip My Hair” at the ripe old age of 10.
So, it’s no surprise that the budding singer decided to pull a Beyoncé and surprise release her debut album, Ardipithecus on iTunes today. As The Fader points out, Smith wrote 14 of the album’s 15 songs on her own and solo produced 10 of the tracks. Pretty impressive for a 15-year-old!
According to Smith, the album derives its name from Ardipithecus ramidus, an early species of hominid that walked the Earth about 4.4 million years ago.
“I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state,” she told The Fader in an email interview. “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 songs.”
She continued, “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 . . . “
Yup, that’s definitely Willow Smith. Listen to Ardipithecus track, “F Q-C #8,” below. We kind of love it:
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