While Will Smith’s daughter and musician, Willow Smith, is one of the most talked about artists this year, she announced that one of her personal idols and Canadian pop-rock icon, Avril Lavigne, will be on her new album and shared her thoughts.
As you know, Willow Smith released a song called Transparent Soul with Blink-182 drummer Travis Baker via youtube on April 27, 2021. Smith talked about her forthcoming album and how it will include a lot more guest features than her previous record, 2019’s Willow.
Here’s what Willow Smith said:
“I’m so excited that I’m going to be having a song on the album with Avril Lavigne. She is so iconic. From 13 to 16, she was my idol. It’s really nice to be able to have a quintessential pop-punk record with the pop-punk queen.”
Despite all that she experienced in school, Willow said she’s hopeful her upcoming project:
“Just through the music that I’m putting out right now and the representation that I can bring to the mix, I just hope that the Black girls who are listening to my music and listening to this album see that there’s more of us out there. It’s a real thing, you’re not alone. You’re not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side, and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?”
Willow Smith sat down with V Magazine and in the interview talked about some of the bullyings she experienced as a black woman among the rocker, metal, and punk community. She continued:
“Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you. Now, it’s like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance.”
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