Willow Smith, the youngest daughter of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, has signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label – solely on the strength of her Internet smash “Whip My Hair.”
“I heard the record first before I knew that it was recorded by a nine-year-old and I was like, man that record’s a smash,” Jigga told Ryan Seacrest in an interview Thursday. “I believe in superstars. I believe on big records on superstars and I think she has both.”
“Whip My Hair” had been viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube after just a day of being released.
“She has a child’s innocence but she has a clear vision of who she is and who she wants to be,” Jay-Z said, comparing Willow to a young Michael Jackson.
Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation said in a statement that Willow “has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious…Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career.”
Jay-Z brushed aside suggestions that Willow may be too young at nine-years-old to launch a music career.
“When you have that sort of talent, there is no such thing as too young,” he said Thursday.