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People have a lot of things to say about the Smith children. Whether they’re dissecting the appropriateness of their hair or the flyness of their outfits, there’s always a swirl of chatter. So it’ll be interesting to see what folks will have to say about Willow Smith’s new soulful–yes, soul not pop–track called “5.”

Let me tell you– when I heard that Willow and Jaden were collaborating on a song together, I thought it was going to be catchy but perhaps less substantive. But this is quite the opposite. The song sounds like an awakening. Like a young girl, a preteen trying to sing the feel of her first crush or so in very mature terms. Mature but not inappropriate for a child of her age.

And then after Willow is done waxing, Jaden comes in with a verse. His voice has changed since I last heard him and I had to confirm that that was indeed him I was listening to. He sounds like a handful of different rappers that I can’t quite place right now.

Anyway the track is completely unexpected and all together lovely. That Willow is truly talented, especially when you consider the fact that she’s only 13 years old. Get into it below.

What do you think of Willow’s new music? Pass or play?

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