Willow Smith has been working to get her debut album out for years now, and on Friday (Dec. 11), it was released without warning.
The 15-year-old artist's full-length Ardipithecus is out in full, and remarkably, the star is credited as the sole writer on 14 of its 15 tracks, and is the sole producer on 10 of them. Willow's brother AcE (the artist name of Trey Smith, not Jaden) is featured in the credits too.
Willow wrote an email to The Fader explaining the album's title:
"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. 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…"
LightEaters can stream the album below, including the song "F Q--C #8," which sounds nothing like "F Q-C #7" released earlier this year, but is just as awesomely experimental.
Watch Willow talk performing on Fuse's SKEE TV below: