March 9, 2016


Willow Smith Still Loves 'Whip My Hair,' But She Won't Sing It Anymore

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Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for vitaminwater

Willow Smith has no regrets about her 2010 debut hit "Whip My Hair." And why would she? The track launched the then-10-year-old daughter of Will and Jada into the spotlight and kick-started her music career. Since then, Willow has gone on to release her own music on SoundCloud, and in Decemeber, she surprise-dropped her Roc Nation debut, ARDIPITHECUS.

The new Chanel brand ambassador is one of W's three April cover stars, and in her interview with the mag, she talks about "Whip My Hair's" impact... and why she won't sing it anymore.

"I kept telling my parents that I wanted to sing," Willow told interviewer Lynn Hirschberg about "Whip My Hair's" origin. "And they said, 'Okay—we can get some writers and producers here if you want this to be real.' So they got all those people in a room, and I was talking, talking, talking about the things that I loved, and the writers came up with that song. It was a beautiful experience."

The first time she performed was on The Ellen Degeneres Show in December of 2010, and as it turns out, she had no idea they were even filming it.

"I think I was 9 or 10. I went on The Ellen Show, and it was the craziest experience of my entire life," Willow told W. "I was so nervous. My mom told me, 'You’ll do great. You can do this.' I got on the stage to sing 'Whip My Hair,' and when I was done, they said, 'Okay. Cut.' I said, 'Do I have to do it again?' And they said, 'No—you killed it the first time.' I was, like, 'Dang, I had no idea you were even taping.'”

And after Bruce Springsteen put his twist on the track during his visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Willow new the song had a huge impact.

"It was so freaking amazing! My parents were ecstatic!" Willow said. "They woke me up and said, 'Willow—this is the craziest thing.' I can’t believe such an iconic person liked my song. But I don’t sing it anymore. It’s not in my heart anymore."

For more about Willow's music, her love for Justin Bieber and how she decided to stick safety pins in her hair, check out her W Q&A.