This is such a special moment for me. Celebrating the release of my album <lately I feel EVERYTHING> with Travis Barker + Avril Lavigne. #WatchTogether on Instagram and Messenger. Thank you for coming on this journey with me.
Posted by Willow Smith on Thursday, July 15, 2021
Willow Smith is a total rock star and her latest performances are further proof of that. In celebration of her new album, lately I feel EVERYTHING, the 20-year-old singer gave a full concert on Facebook Live on Friday. In addition to performing her new song “Grow” with Avril Lavigne, she also threw it back to 2010 as she sang her debut single “Whip My Hair,” which she released when she was only 9. “When I made ‘Whip My Hair’ I didn’t really know that it was an important thing because I was just expressing my joy and I was just expressing myself,” she said in the video.
She noted that for many years, she “spiraled” and wanted to push herself away from the song, but eventually realized she was “pushing away the very thing that is” who she is. “The core idea of ‘Whip My Hair’ is the core idea of all of my music, the genre just changes, but I’m saying the same thing every single time.” She added that she hopes all of her music “promotes positivity” and “expression,” which is exactly what she did for the number. Going full rock star, Smith subtly switched up the beat of the track, and even shaved her head during the performance. “I’m always shaving my head at monumental times in my life, when things are really changing, and this is one of those moments,” she said. You can catch the epic performance at the 44:03 mark above.