Jaden Smith’s Been Dropping Heat Recently and I’m Not Entirely Sure How To Feel About It
I’ve never been as bullish on Jaden Smith as most. Sure, his online persona is endlessly hilarious, but to me, that never indicated a penchant for navel-gazing as much as it did an understanding of his personal brand. Plus, every single one of dude’s tweets is certified platinum (word to @nonmogul) and as a dude still trying to get someone, anyone, to slide into his DMs (@QRosborough), I can respect that.
Last week, Jaden dropped “Fast,” a song that at 1:45 in length, is oddly more interesting than most singles dropped this year (Thugger and Mustard-blessed tracks not included). It’s so surprisingly good, in fact, it makes me come up with ridiculous statements like: "Yo, if Jaden dropped a full project this year, it would probably be more interesting than most rap albums to drop in 2014," which is exactly the type of wild statement your boy is prone to making just to win an argument at a bar.
For those still hating, consider this for a second: If “Fast” was made by anyone else, would you dislike it as much as you do? If your answer is yes, I respect that. And well, if your answer is no I respect that too because as R. Kelly has repeatedly made evident, separating art and artist isn’t always so cut and dry. (If you don’t agree, read this wild Village Voice article.)
At the end of the day though, does it really matter though that Jaden’s pops is one of the most successful actors of all time? From Carlton to Geoffrey to Will Smith (character) to Will Smith (actor), didn’t The Fresh Prince of Bel Air teach us to not judge a book by its cover? By preemptively dissing Jaden are we not just Uncle Phil-ing his Jazzy Jeff —tossing out a young dude who’s just trying to get his shine on?
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that the discourse surrounding Jaden recently is a lot like what we were all saying about Drake in 2007 even though “Comeback Season" was raw af, and we were just being closed-minded and swaggerless.
I’m sure this article is gonna come back to bite me like everything I said about Odd Future before “Goblin” dropped. But I’m out here for the
content culture, y’all. Also peep this dope remix Gravez dropped on soundcloud: