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Willow Smith: Talent or Nepotism?

Willow SmithWhat do Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore, Jakob Dylan, Rumer Willis, and Norah Jones have in common? They’re all famous children of famous parents. Now you can add Willow Smith to the exclusive club.

After her debut single “Whip My Hair” became an online sensation, the 9-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith signed a record contract with Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation. Uploaded to YouTube 2 days ago, “Whip My Hair” has already gotten over 150,000 hits.

Willow is already a showbiz veteran, having starred alongside her famous father in “I Am Legend” in 2007. And, of course, her brother “Karate Kid” Jayden Smith is a star in his own right.

They’re clearly hugely talented, but no doubt, they also benefited from their parents’ fame.

According to The Washington Post’s Sarah Anne Hughes, it’s inevitable that the Smith kids will “have to deal with haters who claim their mom and dad are the reason for their success.” But, as The Post points out, while kids of celebs obviously benefit from the connections and the name recognition, “only the truly talented make it in the end (at least, ideally).”

Meanwhile, over at Famecrawler, Kelli Daisy wonders if Willow is too young for a record deal. Daisy asks, “Do you think that the reason Willow already has a record contract is because of her famous parents? And do you think she’s too young for this kind of exposure?”

To answer the first question, I’d say “no.” The reason she has a record contract is because her song is already a hit and she’s a marketable commodity. As for the second question, I’d say Willow Smith seems to be more self-assured than many much older artists. Her connections may have helped her land a deal, but her talent is what will make her a success.

What do you think?

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