Willow Smith is ready to reintroduce herself! The singer has gone full pop-punk and emo on her new single, “Transparent Soul,” and she released a music video to match. The video for the new track, featuring Blink-182’s Travis Barker on drums, shows a defiant and badass Willow rocking out in a number of goth getups and heavy black eyeliner.
Willow Smith spends the music video in an all black ensemble — bondage pants, combat boots, a cutout crop top — and accessorizes with a giant spiked choker and chain belt as she throws around a guitar and her middle fingers. The 20-year-old artist, who burst onto the scene in 2010 with the R&B-influenced jam “Whip My Hair” is all rock now.
Willow Smith said in a press release that the track “proved to me that I needed to let go of the insecurities I had about making a project of this genre.” The youngest child of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, called Travis her “hero” in an interview with Apple Music 1 just hours before the song debuted.
“Travis is one of my favorite artists. And it’s so interesting because he is a drummer, but he’s so much more than that,” she said. “Being in the studio with him really showed me how multi-dimensional his artistry really is… He literally heard the song once and played it. He was like, ‘Oh, that’s perfect,’ one day and played it perfectly once.”