Willow Smith‘s “Whip My Hair” was a sugary blast of swagger from a little kid who still had like a thousand years of grade school left. Since then, based on Willow’s new song “Sugar and Spice,” the 12-year-old aged about a decade and became the OLDEST soul. The new track depicts the childhood struggles of ridicule and dejection, but in a stunningly mature manner (“They wanna puncture me and then wonder why I bleed”… ”I tried to be sugar and spice, but I’m melancholy and can’t do anything right”).
The beautifully dreary song samples Radiohead‘s “Codex,” one of that band’s most downcast songs, and Smith sings with an assured glumness that evokes Sky Ferreira. It’s pretty clear that at age 12, Willow’s much better at articulating her emotions than most adults are. Same goes for singing and sampling. Hear it below.
Willow Smith — “Sugar and Spice”