Jay-Z Signs Will Smith’s Daughter to Roc Nation
Willow Smith was not about to let her parents, Will and Jada, and her brother, Jaden, be the only stars in the family. A day after the nine-year-old’s track “Whip My Hair” leaked online, it’s been confirmed that she is the latest addition to the roster of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
Earlier this morning, Willow was on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show discussing her talents, the song and the life of a fifth grader. President Carter then called in and spoke about first meeting her while they were in Japan. “She walked in and the first thing she said was, ‘I’m really nervous,’” Hov explained. “And I thought, ‘That’s maturity’—to explain exactly how she was feeling when she walked right into the room. I knew right then she was a star.”
He continued, “I don’t want to go so far, but I can imagine that’s how Mike [Jackson] was as a young kid—he knew exactly what he wanted.”
Jay-Z and the Smiths are no strangers, as Jay, Will and Jada served as co-producers on last year’s wildly successful Broadway musical, Fela.
Earlier this summer, Jada said that Willow was working on an album, though no release date has been announced. —Adam Fleischer