July 2, 2012


Watch Willow Smith's Surprisingly Somber "I Am Me" Video

Jason LaVeris
Jason LaVeris

In case you forgot how crappy being 11 years old can feel, Willow Smith's "I Am Me" is here to refresh your memory. Willow and her keyboard take to the streets of Manhattan where she tells haters that "[their] validation is just not that important to [her]." Show of hands if you didn't know what the word "validation" meant at 11.

Over a quiet piano, the littlest Smith reminds us that we never want to be teenagers again (and that the girl can seriously sing). But at least pre-teen Willow's got the important stuff down: "Be you / Do what you do / Hold your head up high / Everything's going to be alright / You're you / I am me / Let's live in harmony." Stay tuned through the end for the Sweet Brown shout out—there's always time for that.

Watch Willow Smith's "I Am Me" video below, and share your thoughts in the comments.