Budding star Willow Smith has many musical loves, but at the top of her list falls the late Tupac Shakur.
“On my iPod I have Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Billy Idol, B.O.B., Eminem, Tupac,” said the 10-year-old daughter of Will Smith & Jada Pinkett. “He was my mom’s best friend.”
Willow also added that despite her love for the rapper, who lived most of his life in conflict with the law and was killed in 1996 in a suspected gang related incident, she doesn’t aspire to follow in his footsteps. Rather, she is hoping to become more like Love The Way You Lie songstress, Rihanna.
“I think Rihanna’s awesome,” said Willow. “I’d love to be a baby Rihanna!”
During a recent US radio interview, the spunky Whip My Hair singer opened up about meeting another one of her musical inspirations, Jay-Z, who has signed her to his label, Roc Nation.
It was really fun! He was really welcoming, and he was funny, support and I just felt welcomed. He just told me to have fun.
Willow recently credited her parents as being her biggest supporters, saying, “Mommy and Daddy inspired me to be a performer. I get my flow from Daddy, my singing ability from Mommy, and the camera stuff from both. That’s just what happens when you hang out with the Smiths!”
Willow’s Whip My Hair video went viral after hitting YouTube this fall, and will also be released in the UK on December 6th.