Willow Smith has come a long way from the days of whipping her hair back and forth: “Sugar & Spice” and “Summer Fling” have already demonstrated that. But it’s still an impressive feat, considering she has successfully dropped one sonic style and seamlessly adopted another one and she’s not even a teenager yet. The new look suits Willow so well that, if she were to go all-in down this cloudy, alt-R&B path, she’d immediately be one of the top female up-and-comers in that genre. Don’t believe us? Then maybe you should watch her perform “Summer Fling” on The Queen Latifah Show (a real thing, apparently!) from earlier this week.
Rocking those Melodic Chaotic uber-bangs, Smith is equal parts poised and playful (in a faux British accent she dedicated the song to “all the kids around the world whose summer is never long enough”). Having famous parents may have helped her launch this music career, but Willow Smith keeps proving she deserves to be heard.