Jay-Z on Willow Smith: The Next Michael Jackson?

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Willow Smith is the nine-year old daughter of Will Smith. She already has a popular single and a recording contract, as she was signed this week to Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

Now, the young girl also has impossibly high expectations to meet, as Jay-Z appeared on Ryan Seacrest's radio program yesterday and actually made a comparison between Willow and Michael Jackson.

Jada and Willow

"I heard the record first before I knew that it was recorded by a nine year old and I was like, man that record's a smash," said the music mogul. "I believe in superstars. I believe in big records and in superstars and I think [Willow] has both.

"She has a child's innocence but she has a clear vision of who she is and who she wants to be. I can only imagine that's how Mike [Michael Jackson] was as a young kid, he knew exactly what he wanted."

Easy there, Jay-Z. Can we give this girl some time before we put her in the same league as arguably the most iconic, popular artist in history?

Asked if Willow Smith was too young for a singing career, the rapper scoffed and replied: "When you have that sort of talent, there is no such thing as too young."

Do you agree?

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MJ was a cute kid with talent (not merely connections) who worked hard to accomplish everything he earned. She looks kind of weird and ugly in this pic and comes from a spoiled upbringing.
Not the next MJ, but more like the next Ally Lohan, Jamie-Lynn Spears, Khloe kardashian, Montana Fishburne, Paris Hilton.


goooo Willow, she has awesome, interactive parents. It just doesn't get any better than that. She can go and do anything with parents like Will and Jada at her side. I'm impressed .... and anxious to see what this little lady decides, what a cutie. Her individuality is refreshing and fun to see. I applaud both her parents for allowing her to develop her individualness......it's fun.


Just the idea that 9 year old Willow has been tossed into the entertainment arena at such a young age with the full blessings of her parents is one thing.As parents,we all think that our children are talented.At 9 years old she is still *elementary school age. Give her time to really discover who she is.Let her be a little girl, just a little while longer.If the talent is there, and is nurtured,the talent will still be there 5-6 years down the road.It is hard enough as it is to be a 9 year old *child without trying to be the best for all to see and judge.


I personally find that the black music industry is becoming a bit should I say one sided, keeping money where the money is. Couldn't Roc Hova go out and find talent out there from someone who doesn't come from money. I see that this is now becoming a trend. Hova there is a lot of great talent out there. Share the faith!!


willow smith is a grate kid but to say shes the next micheal jackson come on jay I love you and beyonce together the best rapper alive marries the best r and b singer


How can anyone be the next Michael Jackson without walking in his shoes for 40 years, experiencing what he experienced. Michael was chosen to do what he did!! He had an anointed spirit. That's why he was the greatest philanthropist in entertainment and loved all people especially children. Michael was an icon that no one can emulate. Love you MJ always.


michael was an icon.. no one in my life time will ever come close to that!!! love u michael rest in peace.


No that song ! that couldnt of been h her ! they must of fixed up her voice !No one can beat Micheal Jackson


you have to be kidding, no one will ever be the next michael jackson , especially the no talented kid withOUT the connections of her father, a no talented actor and her mother a no talented actress. heaven help us if that kid has a RECORD/


In that picture above, she looks like she was doused in mud

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