Well it’s been 5 years since Willow Smith demanded we whip our hair back and forth, but only now has she released her debut full-length album, Ardipithecus.
The 15-track album came out on iTunes today (Dec 11th) without warning (which some of us could have used), and while you think this would be typical pop fare, it is actually a bit deeper than that.
Smith explained to the Fader, “Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs.”
Fans maybe hoping for some big Willie style on the album, but he is nowhere to be heard. In fact it’s older brother Trey who turns up on three of the albums songs.
Also of note, the young Smith is credited as sole writer and producer on 14 of the 15 tracks.
Take a listen to new song “F Q-C #” below.
Ardipithecus is available now via iTunes and Tidal.