I don’t know whether to love or hate this this song by Willow Smith. I have to admit the chorus is catchy and I can see myself bobbing my head to the beat. But I am an adult.
The 9-year-old voice behind this tune is the daughter of Will and Jada Smith. The song and a slew of videos recorded by children have been labeled “cute.” See an example below. I think my initial objection is the attitude of the song. Check out the lyrics here. The song is a bit too grown for me, and I’m pretty sure I don’t want my daughters to emulate Willow, who sports a mohawk. I thought I wouldn’t have to deal with any of this until Simone and Nadia hit the pre-teen years. But here we are.

What do you think?

5 thoughts to “Whip My Hair

  • Courtney

    Well, I never had hair that could whip back and forth unless it was chemically straightened or had extensions. As I can see it, if I were still 10 years old, this song would have just been another reminder that my hair in its natural state is some how not normal and undesirable. It will never whip back and forth.

    At any rate, I think it’s just a terribly silly song. I really don’t like it. I think Willow’s mohawk is super cute, though, and I’ve seen lots of youngins with faux-hawks and mohawks that looked really cute and age-appropriate.

    I only think things aren’t age-appropriate, though, when young people, especially girls, are sexualized. Funky clothing, blue hair, etc, etc…doesn’t bother me on young kids, although I know there are some adults that have a problem with this. Maybe when I’m older (only 21 now), I’ll get a bit more conservative about that.

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    • Honeysmoke

      As long as changes aren’t permanent, I’m usually okay with them. I draw the line with shaving the side of heads, though. You also have a good point about drawing the line at sexy references and such. It wonder if she’s whipping her hair back and forth now, what is she going to do later?

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  • SweetThang

    I think that the lyrics of the song is too grown up for a child Willow’s age. But I heard that Jay-Z produced this song. So I know he’s not the expert on kid friendly lyrics. She’s only 9 and she’s talking about her “haters”. She also sings about rolling up to the club. With it being a good 12 years before she can legally enter anyone’s club, what club is she singing about? The Mickey Mouse Club?

    I also think that her hair and style of dress is too grown up for her age. I’m old fashioned and I like for little girls to look like little girls. I think Willow would have looked just as nice with a mowhawk style where the sides were cornrowed and hair left loose in the middle. But since this is Will and Jada Smiths daughter, they call her a fashonishta and say that she is expressing herself. But if it was the average Joe that had a child that looked and dressed like Willow, CPS would have been called.

    I like how Willow Smith used to look. I miss that cute little girl with the afro puffs. http://www.hiphoprx.com/content/uploads/2007/12/smith_family.jpg

    I wish that little girl would come back.

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    • Honeysmoke

      Some really good points, SweetThang.
      There is plenty of time to grow up. Really.
      Yes, that is a beautiful picture of the Smith family.
      “With it being a good 12 years before she can legally enter anyone’s club, what club is she singing about? The Mickey Mouse Club?”
      LOL!

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  • TdoubleB

    I, too, think it’s too grown and oversexualized for a 9-year-old. I was reading somewhere recently (and I wish I could find the link now) how this rush to make little girls into miniature women has resulted in increased Mean Girl/bullying incidents for the young girls whose parents want to maintain age appropriate attire and activities for their daughters.

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