Willow Smith spoke about her experience entering the rock world as a black woman, while discussing the power of music as a system of change.
In a new interview with The Observer, the pop rocker turned punk explains how her decision to claim a place within rock music is a political act in itself, due to the historically low representation of minorities in the genre.
After her early childhood as a pop star, Willow describes her move into heavier territory as “going into places where marginalized communities haven’t been accepted and saying, I’m human, and I have the right here too”.
“We should all have the freedom to express ourselves in all kinds of different ways, and one of those ways is rock music,” she adds. “Music isn’t just music, it’s also activism. Throughout history, music has caused some of the most intense changes in human thought processes.
Referring to the history of rock and how its roots can be traced back to the talents of the black community, she continues, “One of my favorite musicians, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, played rock with an electric guitar in the 1940s.
“The blues was the birthplace of rock, but that history was put out of sight for social and political reasons. There are still a lot of people who don’t want people of color, women, people from the LGBTQ+ community to stand up and know their history. »
Earlier this month, Willow released the beautifully reflective new track, curious/furious, from his upcoming album