Willow Smith Drops Pop-Punk Album 'lately I feel EVERYTHING'

  /  07.16.2021

Black girls rock.

Over a decade since releasing her breakout hit “Whip My Hair,” Willow Smith has come into her own. Now 20 years old, she explores pop-punk with her latest album lately I feel EVERYTHING.

Although some may be surprised by her turn to pop-punk, Willow has been exposed to the genre since she was young. “This isn’t new for me. I have been doing this for a very long time,” she told EW, noting that her mother Jada Pinkett Smith was in the nü-metal band Wicked Wisdom. “I just think maybe people didn’t pay attention to that side of my music-making, but that’s always been an inspiration for me. I’ve always loved rock, and I’ve always had rock inspiration on every single one of my albums.”

The 11-track album features appearances from Tierra Whack, Travis Barker, and Avril Lavigne, who guests on “Grow.” “Travis and Avril know pop-punk more than anyone,” Willow told The Face. ​”To see them be so proficient in their art was just so inspiring.”

And this is only the start of her musical evolution. “I definitely felt like pop-punk spoke to my youthful soul and metal kind of spoke to the woman within me,” she added. “I’m planning on doing a metal album in the future, but I need to hit that pop-punk steez first.”

Stream lately I feel EVERYTHING below.

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