Willow Smith drops Ardipithecus with Roc Nation

Willow Smith’s new album, ARDIPITHECUS, was released through Jay Z’s Roc Nation label.

Apparently, Ardipithecus Ramidus, is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth.

Stereogum’s Tom Breihan says, “The first single is called “F Q-C #8,” and it’s a beatwise indie-rock song, basically. The first half sounds like Smith has been listening to Kate Bush lately, and the second half sounds like a jamie xx remix of the first half.” I sort of agree.

The last and 15th track is titled “Why Don’t You Cry”, and it reminds me a little of Phantogram, but Teddy Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” so I’ll just take in Ardipithecus as a work that may very well be from both the past and the future.

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Willow talks about her original concept for their video collaboration with i-D magazine,

“This teenage girl wants to be an artist. Her parents are very very strict and she suppresses all of her negative emotions towards them. She never cries. They rip up the invitation to her performance that night, telling her she is never going to succeed in an artistic career and that this kind of behavior isnt acceptable in their household – ‘She is just a child.’ The girl ignores them and does what her heart is telling her anyway. She gets on stage to find nobody in the crowd but her higher self who has been trying to communicate with her throughout the entire video. On stage she comes to accept all aspects of herself and lets out all of her suppressed emotions. The black abyss that AcE and the girls higher self are perfoming in is the teenage girls subconscious…’ -Willow

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