Willow Smith’s New Video Whips Haters Into Submission
The single “F Q-C #7” from the young Princess of Bel Air is good enough to quiet critics.
Lest we forget, Willow Smith had a huge dance—“I Whip My Hair Back and Forth”—at an age (9) when most other fourth-graders are whipping naught but bed-wetting. Now, the wizened fourteen year-old is back with another single, “F Q-C #7,” whose title at first glance appears to be an otherworldly chord symbol (we will not die without having asked Willow what pitch a “Q” is), but is in fact an abbreviation of “Frequency Number 7,” which hints at the Smith children’s precocious preoccupation with mysticism.
While Willow’s first hit was very young Rihanna (in both vocal stylings, beat, and mention of haters), “F Q-C #7” is a sonically mature mélange of indie-rock stars like Hiatus Kaiyote and Tune-Yards that stills pays service to Willow’s age (the lyrics deal with climbing trees, missing class, and checking out a crush’s Instagram). The youngest Pinkett-Smith wrote the song and co-directed the video, and while an explicitly-existentialist 14 year-old child-of-celebrities is an easy target, we think she has the talent to back the talk.