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The 9-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith has become one of the biggest online superstars with her first single, “Whip My Hair.” When Willow Smith explains why she entered the music business, she talks about expressing her individuality, and wanting to help people with her message. But she also acknowledges that she wanted to be famous like her “mommy and daddy.”

Willow was more influenced by her parents’ musical careers than their acting careers wants to be like her daddy: Will who got his start rapping, and Jada who now tours the country as part of a metal band.

In a phone interview Monday, Willow said she was “very surprised” about the success of the song, but said she thought the song’s message was resonating with listeners: “I just think that it’s like, individuality that they’re excited about.”

Here’s the interview:

Willow speaks about her parents influence…

“I would go on tour with them and watch them and I’d be like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s what I wanna do,'”

Willow said she decided not to wait to pursue her musical career until she got older. P.S. she’s only 9… LOL

“I wanted to make a difference now, (and) because I wanted to be big and famous like my mommy and daddy and help people,” she said.

Willow describes her style as “punk rock meets preppy” and said her musical idols include Billy Idol — “his music is really tight,” she explains — and Lady Gaga.

“She’s really nice,” Willow said of Gaga. “She’s really awesome because she cares about everybody and she writes songs about herself and everybody.”

Willow said she wants her music to help everyone to follow his or her own path, “to be individuals and do what they think is good and just be themselves.”

And that’s the advice her parents gave her.

“They said never be afraid to be yourself,” she said, “even when you’re in the spotlight.”

Seems like she’s got her head in the right place but I don’t know if she really wants all the fame? What yall think?..

Spotted @ AJC

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