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When the kids were bumping “Whip My Hair”, we snapped along. Look how cute that Willow Smith is, we thought. What a spunky 9-year-old. And then she told parents Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith she didn’t really want to do music or acting any more, famously turning down the title role in Jay-Z’s “Annie” reboot (the role’s gone to the adorable Quvenzhane Wallis). But now Willow’s back on the scene with “Summer Fling”, and I’m sort of scratching my head and clutching  my pearls.

Willow teamed up with DJ MVSIC Fabrega to create the group Melodic Chaotic; this is the duo’s second song. “Summer Fling” is exactly what it sounds like; a song about a summer fling. Willow has a strange white-blonde weave, everyone in the video is between three and ten years older than she is, she’s prancing around in clothes that would never fly at any middle school I’ve ever been to and she has spoken interludes–in an English accent.

I have to give the girl a hand for forging her own way. She didn’t go through the Disney machine and I can sort of understand why a girl on the edge of teendom would want to separate herself from the goody two-shoes pack. I love Cymphonique Miller but she’s not as interesting to watch as Willow. Still, it’s strange subject matter for a girl so young (it’s called “Summer Fling” but at age 12, aren’t most relationships short enough to be called flings? But I digress). We expect summer love to start in high school, like it did in “Grease”, maybe. She’s awfully jaded, too: “You tell me that I’m the one, I tell you it’s just for fun.” What makes teen love kind of endearing, if not a little cringe-inducing, is that teenagers go so hard when they find someone they like. It’d be more refreshing, and maybe more believable, to see her scribbling her boo’s name with some hearts in a notebook.

What do you think of the latest from Willow? Will you be letting your kids listen to this song?

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