Music Review: '21st Century Girl' by Willow Smith

Filed under: Music

Rated ON for Ages 8 and Up

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the second single from Hollywood royalty Willow Smith and is all about being a "21st century girl." The lyrics are sassy and fun, showing that you can be strong, unique, and your own person without growing up too fast. Parents can feel fine about letting tweens blast this age-appropriate song.

The good stuff

  • Messages: The song's message is that you can be your own person without growing up too fast.
  • Role models: Smith shows young fans that you can be an individual, unique and strong, but in an age-appropriate way.

What to watch out for

  • Violence: Not an issue.
  • Sex: Not an issue.
  • Language: Not an issue.
  • Consumerism: Not an issue.
  • Drinking, drugs, and smoking: Not an issue.
What's the Story?

Ten-year-old Willow Smith has already made a name for herself -- well, her celebrity parents did -- but she's showing that she's got the singing chops, hair do, and personality to make it as a pop singer in her own right. Her second single, "21st Century Girl," is more of a club-beat pop mix compared to her first, synth-style hit "Whip My Hair" and is all about being a strong, independent girl who makes her own way in this world (insert sassy "Z" snap) -- so watch out.

Is It Any Good?

Yes, her parents are famous, but Smith has real talent. When she sings, she sounds like a young Rihanna or a nicer, more polished Ke$ha, and she has so much personality and charisma that you can't help but be spellbound by her kid-friendly, girl-powered, no-nonsense pop. "21st Century Girl" is trendy, memorable, and a perfect anthem for sassy tweens who like the music and attitude of artists like Ke$ha or Rihanna but are really too young to be listening to them.

This review of "21st Century Girl" was written by Jessica Dawson.

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