Behind the Beats: Jukebox
[artist id="3797575"]Willow Smith[/artist] took music fans by surprise in 2010 when she dropped her debut single, “Whip My Hair.” Will Smith’s swagged-out offspring blended a pop sound with a distinct urban sensibility, and producer Ronald “Jukebox” Jackson was largely responsible for the platinum hit.
So what’s next musically for the 10-year-old singer? Jukebox tells Mixtape Daily that Willow is in the process of finishing up her Roc Nation debut .
“I did like eight, nine songs on Willow, so right now, we’re in the process of just trying to close out the album,” he said. “It’s just the whole process. You got to think about it: She’s a 10-year old girl. She’s gotta have a life, she’s gotta be a kid.”
According to Jukebox, the album will contain a myriad of sounds. “Willow is kind of a combination of what ‘Whip My Hair’ was. Willow just isn’t a pop star, she isn’t just an urban artist; she’s very international,” he explained. “A lot of her music has a very big influence of everything from rock to pop to hip-hop.”
On “Rock Star,” fans will hear a different side of Willow, and Jukebox — who also did the music for Swizz Beatz and Chris Brown’s “Dance Like a White Girl” — hopes it will be her next hit.
“Next single which I’m praying for is a record I did called ‘Rock Star.’ … She’s been performing it everywhere. It’s getting very great reaction,” he said. “We also did a record with Diggy Simmons that’s incredible. … She’s just a combination of everything pretty much.”
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