Jaden Smith is singing happy birthday—to himself. The teen son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith just turned 18-years-old, and he even released a new song for the occasion.
Smith, who turned 18 on July 8, released “LABOR V2,” a quirky, six-minute jazz showcase that features a lengthy string instrumental opening and the lyric “eighteen, eighteen, eighteen.” According to MTV, Jaden raps about being a confused teen, then declares himself the “young Calabasas kingpin” before addressing racial discrimination with this line.
“And how many times am I telling them / Just because you see the melanin doesn’t mean that I’m a felon.”
In addition to his song, which was posted on YouTube on the eve of his big day, Jaden Smith received birthday messages from his family, including his dad, Will, who posted a throwback pic to Facebook, joking that he’s still trying to figure out his own life.
“Happy Bday, Jaden! You’re 18 years old today. And I’m still tryna figure out what the hell I’m doing,” Will Smith wrote to his son.
Jaden’s mom also posted a retro photo which shows her holding baby Jaden.
“Jaden, You are the prince of my heart,” Jada Pinkett Smith wrote. “I have no doubt that you were born to me to show me how deeply I can love. You are one of the brightest lights of my life. You are my son, my friend, a walking embodiment of my soul, my treasure.”
Even Jaden’s little sister got into the action. Willow Smith offered Jaden birthday greetings with an Instagram pic of the two of them on a merry-go-round. Willow Smith wrote that she loves her brother to “infinity.”
Jaden Smith will kick off his legal adult years as the cover model for Nylon magazine. Smith is the first solo male to pose on the cover of the magazine in the publication’s history.
In the accompanying interview, Jaden, who has been known to wear skirts and nail polish, told Nylon that he chose to break down barriers with his gender-bending style for an important reason.
“So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won’t get beat up and kids won’t get mad at him,” Jaden said. “I’m taking the brunt of it so that later on, my kids and the next generations of kids will all think that certain things are normal that weren’t expected before my time.”
Jaden Smith credited his famous parents for teaching him to be himself “at all costs, no matter what anybody thinks.”
In addition to his unique style, Jaden Smith is known for his unconventional way of thinking. He routinely posts inexplicable blank white squares on his Instagram page (and even those get thousands of likes from his devoted followers), and in an interview last year with GQ, he dropped this bombshell: Jaden Smith announced that he plans to disappear sometime in the next decade.
Jaden Smith explained that he has long been thinking about his unusual plan for the future.
“No one will know where I am in ten years,” Jaden revealed. “They’ll see me pop up, but they’ll be like, ‘Where’d you come from?’ No one will know. No one will know where I’m at. No one will know who I’m with. No one will know what I’m doing. I’ve been planning that since I was like 13.”
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Smith compared his future self to famed street artist Banksy, who mysteriously drops his works of art in unexpected places all over England, but has never been seen doing it.
“It’ll be kind of like Banksy, but in a different way,” Jaden said. “More of a social impact. Helping people. But through art installations.”
Smith revealed that he will leave “symbols and things” around so people can identify that the work was created by him and his squad.
Take a look at the video below to hear Jaden Smith’s new song “LABOR V2.”
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