We’ve seen Jaden Smith, now 14, make his film debut in The Pursuit of Happyness with dad Will in 2006, and in The Karate Kid in 2010. Now Jaden is following in his dad Will’s footsteps by becoming a rapper. He has his first video out, a kind of monotonous song called “The Coolest” in which he barely varies his tone while he sings about how great he is. I don’t think Jaden has his dad’s talent for making music, but maybe he’ll surprise us. His sister Willow is a little popstar in her own right, and she had her first song out before she turned 10. Here’s a little about Jaden’s single:
[Jaden] gives it plenty of attitude as he raps about how girls are attracted to his wealth in The Coolest.
Jaden’s flash tune comes amid the crippling economic crisis enveloping much of the world’s population.
With a laidback vocal style, he proffers a list of reasons that make him the coolest kid on the block.
He teams his bravado lyrics with cocky smiles and a couple of glittery diamond ear studs…
Despite boasting about his riches in The Coolest, Jaden recently revealed he’s brought up in a strict household.
So much so, he claimed Will and Jada refuse to let him watch TV.
He said: “I stopped watching TV when I turned, like, ten because my parents were like, ‘TV’s really bad for you,’
“I’ll watch movies I like to see, Steve Jobs interviews, something that’s going to make me smart and then go to sleep.
“I always have to go to sleep with the TV on though.”
I don’t have a problem with the lyrics. A lot of rap music involves bragging about being rich and getting women. I do have a problem with a 14 year-old kid putting out a rap song, but this kid had been famous for years, and his sister became a singer when she was much younger. There were kiddie rappers in the 80s when I was a kid. It just seems like the Smiths want their kids to be in the family business and they don’t see or try and mitigate the pitfalls of show business for children. They treat them like adults. On the plus side, Willow and Jaden are confident kids and they seem fearless. Still, they’re kids, especially Willow. It makes me uncomfortable that Will and Jada didn’t use their wealth and experience to help their children have a more normal childhood. Instead, they taught them how to be famous and rich too. Hence this song featuring Jaden rapping about it.
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