One year ago, a super-stylish 9-year-old girl with a common yet famous last name had the world wrapped around her tiny little finger -- remember Willow Smith? She whipped her hair back and forth, everyone went nuts? She put out a video for "21st Century Girl" in March but hasn't been heard from since, which means she has aged to an ancient 23 in pop-star years. But rest assured, old Willow is still making an album -- she signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation empire, after all -- and made a five-minute video documenting the process.
Reporting live from her rehearsal space, Smith dishes about the first song she's ever written and says she needs fans' feedback "because I've never really done this before." The song is called "The Epiphany" because she realized she can dance ballet in addition to singing. Huh? Well she's 10. The fact that she even knows the word "epiphany" is something.
There's footage of Smith playing some piano chords, singing along in the studio's control room, and barking directions at dudes way, way older than she is as she fiddles with lyrics and melodies. Skip to the 4:05 mark to see her spazz out about where the drums come in. Good thing you've got such a fierce work ethic, Willow! You know how Jay-Z likes to keep his artists busy.