Willow Smith’s ‘The 1st’ is an Honest Take on Romanticism

Wise beyond her years, Willow Smith has chosen today, her 17th birthday, to release her new album, The 1st. As a young black woman bordering adulthood, she’s embraced her discernment of traditional relationships with a millennial mindset. The album includes last week’s single release, the politically influenced “Romance,” and follows a theme rooted in an angst against the concepts of love and modern romanticism.

With style and grace, the girl we first knew to whip her hair reiterates the powers of freedom and equality. She acts as the album narrator with an opening message. “Hey mom, I met a boy,” she sings on the opening song, “Boy.” “He plays guitar. He likes Quentin Tarantino and really sad songs. Anxiety attacks when he wakes up in the morning and I can’t help the thought, he thinks I’m boring ’cause I come from a cluster of super bright stars.”

In an revealing interview with Rolling Stone, the singer remarks on discovering self-love within her love for songwriting with, “Through the feeling of your fingers burning and just trying to keep your fingers on the strings and spending hours sitting and trying to get one riff or one change of chords, you feel like you’ve climbed a mountain. You feel like you’ve accomplished so much once you get it. It’s like a sixth sense of competence. And through that sense of competence you get confidence.”

Stream The 1st below.

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