Exactly one year after releasing his debut album SYRE, Jaden Smith returns with his new project The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story, which he announced back in October.
Throughout the 11 Auto-Tuned tracks, the 20-year-old Smith shows his versatility. He flexes on the trap banger “Plastic,” while “Yeah Yeah” is an Afrobeat-inspired love ballad. He takes inspiration from his idols including Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and The Beatles on tracks like “SYRE in Abbey Road” and “FALLEN Part 2.”
Jaden debuted the project during his Beats 1 radio show “MSFTS Frequency: Jaden Smith Presents The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story” on Friday night. “The Sunset Tapes are really important to me because I’m obsessed with the sunset, and I need to watch the sunset every single day,” he explained. “I feel like it restarts my whole life when I watch the sunset. It’s like I’m watching the world start over, and I just need the sunset for some reason.”
Sunset Tapes marks Jaden’s second release of 2018, following July’s SYRE: THE ELECTRIC ALBUM.