Jay-Z Speaks On Signing Willow Smith

Parents just don’t understand, but Jay-Z does. This morning, Hov and Will Smith’s daughter, Willow appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show and spoke on her joining the Roc.

UPDATE: Now with video.

 

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  • K.o.D

    LOOK AT THOSE EARS! WILL SMITH SYNDROMA!

    SHE IS EVERYTHING AND MORE!
    YOU CAN HATE ME NOW!

  • Mr. X

    she’s illuminati now! hahah jk

  • isla

    just b/c she’s will smiths kid doesn’t mean she has talent. stay in school kid, you’re not talented, you’re entitled

  • Black diesel

    Whateva works Jigga….. Do you

  • flawda

    Good for her, the little chick has talent and i think it’s beautiful how powerful black people are helping each other out and getting that money.It’s good business, but you idiots will probably name it Illuminati because yall don’t understand business.

  • gladd

    She doesn’t know “times tables” in 5th grade? That’s not what’s up

  • teejay

    Smith kids are makin moves! Damn

    Jaden is a legit actor and willow has a nice voice.

  • http://www.hypewv.com HYPEWV

    I’m a Jay fan (obviously or I wouldn’t be reading RR) but this is ridiculous. The girl who sings the hook for him on “Empire State of Mind” is signed to his label, and she’s not even had a single to my recollection. Then he has J.Cole, who’s blatently talented, and we can’t even get a release date for this kid’s debut. (Please somebody correct me if I’m wrong because we need this dude’s debut instead of some of this other b/s.). Now, he goes and signs this girl, for what? For a single? I’m losing faith in this RocNation deal real quick….

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  • westcoast

    wtf!!! Kids radar
    Hiphop dead

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  • DARKAQUA

    YOUNG TEEN MARKET=$$$$$$$$$

    WHERE CAN I GET SOME STOCK??? LOL

  • johnny

    Its ludicrous I tell ya, just plain bonkers haha, this just goes to show you , that jcole really don’t need the co-signs from jay-z…..can’t you see he went on a show with her one day after getting signed….that’s just wild

    J-cole we need your cd, lets start a petition ohh wait that don’t work lol

  • Slow Ur Roll, Know Ur Roll

    HYPEWV says:
    Thursday, September 09 2010 at 11:08 AM EST
    I’m a Jay fan (obviously or I wouldn’t be reading RR) but this is ridiculous. The girl who sings the hook for him on “Empire State of Mind” is signed to his label, and she’s not even had a single to my recollection. Then he has J.Cole, who’s blatently talented, and we can’t even get a release date for this kid’s debut. (Please somebody correct me if I’m wrong because we need this dude’s debut instead of some of this other b/s.). Now, he goes and signs this girl, for what? For a single? I’m losing faith in this RocNation deal real quick….

    ^^^^^^smart $$$ on HOV thats wats the dummies talk…….

    its called building a buzz then a brand, Jay aint just gettin in the game he paid dues n thats wat all roc nation artist will do n the cream will rise to the top, but he ain throwin none of them out tthere to do 100,000 records on his name n them flop. Jay-Z doin the Kanye approach

  • http://bit.ly/akyROd rn506

    Rough for these youngin’s tho….they became stars at a young age and very.very few can transition over to being adult stars…despite who there family is.

    Look at the history of Jay-Z signings, to his own labels….few have success.

  • $$$ BaG

    cmon shes 9 years old ..stop using her as a puppet to make ya’ll money ..Stay in school little girl

  • HOVA!!

    You guys can hate if you want, but you should first look at this from a business perspective because the sad reality is that her debut will probably sell more than J. Cole’s. Hov is doing this as a business man people, remember that.

  • Android

    U c! reason 2853 y NAS> a camel. Nw hs on radio 4 ths shit. Where’s j.cole? We dont want ths garbage.

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  • itsawrizzie2010sheeeeiiiitt

    great future for pop and hip hop diggy and willow is the future why u niggas hating

  • GTFO

    %100 agree with @HYPEWV. This is retarded. Jay is known for not doing the right thing when it comes to talented artists on his roster.

  • 106

    “what the hell have yall done? To even have an opinion on what i been doing?”

  • flawda

    Hey idiots, J Cole album isn’t finished yet and he has a single all over radio and Bridget Kelly is making her album with Ryan Leslie as we speak. It’s like yall niggas bitch about shit and have no clue about the industry, Jay is the CEO of Roc Nation, he has A and R’s who’s job it is to manage all his artists. I dont see yall bitching about the heads of Sony, Warners, Atlantic,etc. They have plenty of artists and i don’t see yall saying no dumb shit like why is Lady Gaga being promoted before Taylor Swift.

    If Willow Smith has a single and a huge buzz that’s popping, why the fuck should the label wait for J Cole to finish their album and same for Briget. This is business, you supply the demand!

  • BK

    @106
    Haha lol i was just listening to that 5 mins ago.

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  • http://www.thisisthedream.com Thisisthedream.com

    I say push Willow… the white people got Justin Bieber… they want him to be the next MJ… let’s push our youth through the ranks.

  • HORUZ

    CAMELFACE=PEDOPHILE ?

    FIRST RIHANNNA WHEN SHE WAS 16 & NOW THIS LIL KID???

    I JUST TO PUKE!!! CAMEL-Z THE BIIIIIITCH!!!

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    HORUZ IS THE TRUTH ✔

  • dat k00n nigga

    this is some bullshit

    i hope this lil bitch flops BIG TIME

  • http://www.amongstotherthangs.com Nadi

    THIS is a money and what’s good for business move.

    Anyone who doesn’t understand this doesn’t get big business.

    This n-gga is gonna make mula off this little girl.

  • Kee

    I’m glad he’s signing her cause I been bumping “Whip My Hair” like crazy! Can’t wait for more songs from her.

  • CLARK

    @SlowyourRoll

    “The girl who sings the hook on Empire State of Mind” Alicia Keys bro? She’s an Grammy Award holding multiplatinum artist who has been around for years… WTF are you talking about?

  • jeeeeeezzer

    ya’ll are turnin into POP radar smh…

    when dat new gucci comin out???????

  • flawda

    @ Clark

    He is talking about Briget Kelly, she fills in for Alicia Keys on Empire State of Mind.

  • Android

    @KEE ……….KILL YASELF U NICKELODEON presents kids choice awards GROUPIE.

  • GTFO

    ^^^^^ *DEAD*

  • NuJew

    Diehard J.Cole fans are jealous of a 9 year old??????? NIGGAS GROW A SET!!! lol

  • TheRealDonn

    JCole single aint even on the charts lol. Cole can rap but so can every nigga in Brooklyn. He has nothing creative or special or unique. Just another dude who can rap. Hate on the nine year old but her song is marketable and fun and not so Damn serious. There is more positive energy in pop music and thats why it sells so much. Rap is mostly bitch this, homophobia, cursing, drug glorification and etc and the ppl who dont rap bout that are boring. This is the music industry. Say watchu want but your opinion wont change nothin. Got a problem with it start your own label

  • Young Mo Fo

    @HypeWV
    COSIGN

  • jam james

    omg hov is going to get this girl killed poor girl shes too young

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  • iHATEhaters

    all the little teenagers will buy into this $$$$$$$$$$
    im going to go out on a lim and say jigga WELL DONE . .

  • T.O. H0RUS= k.o.d

    we need to more black kids instead of this miley cyrus bs..i still think she’s too young, how can you have j cole and willow.. smh she should have signed with disney records lol

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  • ts5000

    how about jay-z signin real artists and not 9 year olds lol

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  • SayAHHHHH

    Young Money will be bigger than Roc Nation oooo wait! they ALREADY are LOL! Roc nation is fucking lame dog!

    Drake>>>>>>>> J Cole
    Nicki>>>>>>>>> ……………. oh wait J.Cole is the only OK one in roc nation who else is in there?
    LIL CHUCKEE>>>> Willow Smith LOL!

    “YOUNG MONEY Motha Fucka If you Aint runnin Wit It RUN FROM IT MOTHA FUCKA!”

  • blaqscorpio

    HOV! Congrats Williow, much success!

  • BrockLesnar

    Jay is lame i know he wishes he had Young Money hes trying to look for his Nicki Minaj now how lame! he wishes he was Weezy or Birdman

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  • PaUL GASOUL

    DAMN HOW Jay Z OVER LOOK (ORTIZ) BUT SIGNED WILLOW?

  • im THE MONSTER!!

    i like it!!

  • Gordon B.

    For people saying “sign a real artist not this kid”, Jay knows what he’s doing and if he hadn’t signed her someone else would have but if you look at Ri-Ri you know he knows the importance of longevity, he’s investing in the future.
    Jay also knows that true stuperstars don’t grow on trees you got to strike when you see talent, there’s many who make a few hit records but there are very few who make superstar status for over 10 years.

  • http://rapradar grace

    as long as she making good music i don’t care

  • Nicole ford

    I THINK SHE IS BEAUTIFUL….AND SHE SOUNDS GREAT …..THEIR’S GONNA BE ALOT OF PEOPLE HATING ON HER JEALOUS AS I HAVE READ SO FAR….WILLOW SMILE AT THE INSULTS AND THE HATING BECAUSE THEY ARE NULL AND VOID…TELL THEM TO GET A LIFE…YOUR MOM DAD AND BROTHER ARE ALL TALENTED AND SO ARE YOU…YOU GO GIRL DO YOUR THING…

  • http://www.twitter.com/danielwarhol Daniel Warhol

    Damn Jaden, Diggy, Willow, hell grown-ups in this industry are losing….

    I know Teairra Mari is MAD at him signing Willow, not to mention Foxy. LOL

  • Bye bye RiRi

    Guess we got Rihanna’s replacement.

  • http://yahoo idriscaldwell

    this is bullshit…this makes me sick…send that little bitch to school fulltime

  • Devon

    Look.ppl…this is the music business…key word BUSINESS….look at the artists Jay has in his circle…Ne-yo, Rihanna, Kanye…those are all artists that are MARKETABLE…all the artists that he had under him that fell all did stupid shit…Sigel back and forth to jail…Foxy stay gettin in trouble…Peedi blowing $90,000 album budgets…All which were bad for BUSINESS….J. Cole will do well…album sales aren’t everything anymore…you have to be able to perform live…Jay’s about business….and if you not handling B.I., you get fired…simple

  • Jack Flash

    What the fuck can a 9 year old tell me?

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  • BRIX

    I was like most on here degrading Jay for this move, but then my money mind kicked in. That “tween” market $$ is SERIOUS! Why sign a rapper with a 2-3 yr shelf life? She can get LONGTERM dough! Duh!

  • blakep267

    personally i think shes too young and the smiths shouldnt be pushing her to do this. people like bieber, diggy etc are all around 15-16. thats a little bit more appropriate, but i dont think u should have a 9 year old doing work stuff. have fun, play with barbies and your friends or something.

    but honestly i think the Smiths ae trying to make their entire family into someting they are not. they have 1 son being an actor and have the daughter a singer. whatever happened to letting kids be kids. Just becuz your famous and have money doesnt mean you have to make your kids be stars too. How many white stars do you see with their kids being plastered on stuff U dont see tom cruises kids getting record labels. Just let them grow up somewhat normal, or your gonna have kids like lindsay lohan when they turn 20. nobody wants that

  • blakep267

    and its not about being jealous. she has some talent, but it really seems like she is missing out on a childhood. And im not even faulting jay, its a business deal for him but im more looking at her parents.

  • http://myspace.com/prota THEREALProTeGe

    ANYBODY HATIN ON THIS LIL GIRL MUST NOT HAVE BELIEF IN GOD, SUCK DICK FOR A LIVIN, AND HATE THEMSELVES….YALL SOUND LIKE A BUNCHA FUCKIN JACKASSES!

  • az5lyrics

    IT’S THE ROC BITCHESS

    HOV THE G.O.A.T.

  • Belize

    Jay truly is a good bussinessman. She wouldn’t be signed if she wasn’t Will Smith’s daughter, and her song was…allright. I’m glad it’s age-appropriote and could be something younger audiences could fuck with without all the pop-star Lady Caka shit. But I still say, maybe in a few years she could be like a not-as-talented-Rihanna…but all the Mike Jackson shit is going a bit far…

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  • Ace

    @Paul Gasoul, Ortiz is never gonna be a success. He can rap like all hell but he won’t make anyone any money. PERIOD.
    @ BrockLesnar…. Jay-Z wishes he was Weezy or Birdman? LOL WHAT!?!?!?!? dumbass.

    Different and fresh succeeds in this industry. There’s nothing “already done” in Willow

  • Dimond

    What do you think Jay is not stupid this young 9 year old has talent. His prime lady Rihanna will soon be gone. People are already requesting this little girl’s song. So Jay-Z Def Jam will have to do something soon because people want her music out there

  • rocstar

    wow. i hope willow doesnt read rapradar. these comments are fuckin ridiculous. he signed her to market her towards kids and teens, not you bitchass ppl. go to rocnation . com and look at the number of people they have on their roster. bigger than young money? lol. willow isnt gona be rapping or singin j.cole hooks. theyre 2 seperate artists. if youre so fucking mad why dont u get off the computer and make something outa ur life. and if u listen to the interview u will realize that she is actually fucking smarter than 90% of the people that comment on this website.

  • JOANNETONEY

    WHAT A CUTE AND POISED KID, GREAT JOB JADA & WILL!!!!

  • wtf is up jay??

    SHIT LIKE THIS ONLY WORKS IF UR WHITE (JUSTIN BIEBER) NOT IF UR BLACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND SHIT REALLY JAY STOP TRYING TO IMPRESS OPRAH ASS CZ U KNOW THATS ANOTHER GUEST APP. SHTI U CAMEL FACE FIRST YOU DONT GET J.COLE TO OPEN UP THE SHOW NOW YOU SIGN HER??? I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISE IF SHE OPENED UP SMH

  • Drucifer

    SMH

  • Picture-Me-Rollin

    It’s crazy how jada was best friends with 2pac. and 2pac couldn’t stand jay z.

    and now Jada daughter is signed with Jayz.

  • EnvyMe

    shes so fucking ugly hahahahahahah

  • intelrebel

    Harvest….

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  • Sandra Saunders

    Go Willow Go!

    Jada, under no circumstances, Willow must read adverse comments about herself because this is the ingredient that makes for self-pity and pain. There are people who will be determined to take her down because they are only haters and enviable of her breakthrough and no doubt, her future success.

    I take this opportunity to thank you and Will for giving us Jada and let me add, your son (forgot his name). There was no doubt in my mind that Willow will make you both proud as I watched her on Oprah when her brother was being interviewed. I thought she would have been a fashion model, but this is a big surprise.

    Meanwhile, Willow is here to stay and would look closely at her career and her achievements.

    God’s richest blessings to the family and keep on entertaining the world. The sky’s the limit. I thank you all.

  • M.

    The only “times table” she know is My Daddy x 1 movie = $20 million +!!!!

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  • Wait A Sec

    So Jay and Will are business partners in a successful broadway show venture and he knows Will’s daughter but when he heard the record he didn’t know it was her? sure

    With that said, good for all parties, good for them, good for her

  • Matches

    the gum was killing me. geez

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  • DisGyal

    Did someone say that the girl that sung the hook on Empire State of Mind was signed to Rocnation? You do realize that was Alicia Keys, right?

  • yall 2 much

    Why are some people making this a big race issue while others are just plane hattin’. If you don’t like her don’t listen to her. It’s plane and simple. She’s not the only kid who’s gone our there. There have been a lot of kid starts before but everyone is just making this into something it’s not. Do you think she likes going on the internet just to hear the crap you have to say? I think not. Oviously she’s doing something if she’s getting as many views as she has and good comments. She’s just trying to be her and if her mom lets her express herself that’s there business if it was anyone else you wouldn’t care or notice. Either listen to he music and like it or just don’t listen to it at all. It’s plane and simple.

  • Diva

    She cannot sing and everyone knows it…stop being polite she just wants fame like the rest of her family and her family just did this to shut her up

  • http://myspace tally

    willow smith im a big fan of u

  • http://myspace tally

    like dat willow smith and jay zz keep up daaa gudddd work