She may no longer have the long hair to whip about, but that didn’t stop a Brooklyn audience from enjoying Willow Smith’s five-song set on Friday night at Brooklyn CMJ pop-up venue The Fader Fort.
A 13-year-old Willow Smith took the stage for the first time in three years, performing tracks from a new album due out in November and showing off a much more grown-up, soulful sound. And yes, she still performed “Whip My Hair,” cropped locks notwithstanding.
Perhaps most notable of all, her brother Jaden Smith, now 16, joined her onstage, and together they performed “5,” one of Willow’s new tracks. (Hear the studio version here.) Kendall Jenner lent moral support from the sidelines.
Afterwards, Jada Pinkett-Smith shared a "proud mom" moment with her followers on Facebook: “I love watching my kids create, but mostly … I love watching them create together,” she wrote. “And when Trey gets in the mix … I’m in heaven:)”
Willow also drew praise from “Babylon” singer SZA, who appeared onstage as well. “She is the future,” SZA proclaimed before reminding the audience that Willow is still only 13 years old.
Not to be outdone by his kid sister, Jaden Smith is rumored to be up for the lead role in a live-action adaptation of the DC comic book Static Shock. Were it to happen, he’d be joining his mom in the DC-verse, where she’s currently playing gangster Fish Mooney on the TV series Gotham.