(AllHipHop News) Jaden and Willow Smith were born into entertainment royalty. As the offspring of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, the two teenagers have had unimaginable access to the tools of Hollywood, and they have used that connection as the foundation for their own blossoming careers in music and acting.
Willow recently dropped her EP 3, and earlier this year she appeared on her older brother’s track “Melancholy.” Jaden released his new project CTV2 (Cool Tapes Vol. 2) via the Jaden Experience app overnight which includes new music with Willow and exclusive artwork. The 16-year-old performer was a featured artist on Childish Gambino’s recent Kauai EP as well.
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The Smith kids have also become known for their interesting Twitter quotes that have led people to call them everything from child geniuses to absurd twits. The criticism has not stopped the talented pair from sharing their thoughts with the world.
Willow and Jaden expounded on their personal philosophies in a new interview with the New York Times. During the discussion, the Smiths talked about their musical projects, the definition of time, their fashion sense, and school-based education.
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Read some of the quotes from Jaden and Willow’s NYT interview and watch video of the siblings performing together below.
On themes in their work:
Jaden: The [song] “P.C.H.” being one of them; the melancholiness of the ocean; the melancholiness of everything else.
Willow: And the feeling of being like, this is a fragment of a holographic reality that a higher consciousness made.
Jaden: [bursts into laughter] As soon as me and Willow started releasing music, that’s one thing that the whole world took away is, okay, they unlocked another step of honesty. If these guys can be honest about everything, then we can be more honest.
On their experience of time:
Willow: I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist.
Jaden: It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe. It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds. But it’s also such a thing that you can get lost in.
Jaden: Willow just dropped a song (“Cares”), let me quote the lyrics: “I do not care what people say.” We both don’t really care. I like to wear things that I make, but I throw it on as though I was throwing on anything. It looks cool, sometimes.
Willow: I like to go to places with my high-fashion things where there are a lot of cameras. So I can just go there and be like, “Yep, yep, I’m looking so sick.” But in my regular life, I put on clothes that I can climb trees in.
Willow: Yes, basically, but the crazy thing is it doesn’t have to be like that.
Jaden: Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to.
Willow: Forever, ‘til the day that we’re in our bed.
Jaden: Kids who go to normal school are so teenagery, so angsty.
Willow: They never want to do anything, they’re so tired.
Jaden: You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out.
Willow: I went to school for one year. It was the best experience but the worst experience. The best experience because I was, like, “Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed.” But it was the worst experience because I was depressed.