Willow Smith surprise-releases debut album ‘Ardipithecus’ – listen

15 track album sees the 15-year-old star in a 'transitional state'

Willow Smith, teenage daughter of Will Smith, has dropped her debut album without warning.

‘Ardipithecus’ was released on Friday (December 11), available now via iTunes. Smith, 15, is credited as the sole songwriter and producer on 14 of the 15 tracks, The Fader reports. Older brother Trey Smith also appears on three songs from the release.

Speaking to The Fader, Smith explained of the album: “Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs.”


Smith, who has previously been ridiculed in the media for her unorthodox spiritual beliefs, then added: “‘Ardipithecus’ is my first album in my entire career and it makes me feel so blessed to be able to share my evolution with the LightEaters as I continue excavating my inner worlds…”

NME has thus far been unable to establish the identity of the ‘LightEaters’ she refers to.

Smith first rose to fame in 2010 when she released the single ‘Whip My Hair’ at the age of nine.

Hear new song ‘F Q-C #8’ below.

Meanwhile, Willow’s brother Jaden Smith is reportedly writing on a philosophy book.


Smith, who is known for his philosophical Twitter feed where he tweets things such as: “How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren’t Real”, will pen a series of “spiritual” and “mystical” essays, according toUS Weekly.

“Jaden sees himself as a modern-day prophet and is working on a collection of essays,” a source told the publication. “They’re new takes on string theory and chaos theory, but more mystical. Jaden thinks he has spiritual ties to people in other dimensions and galaxies, and they are helping him write.”