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Willow Smith Is A Tortured Teenager In ‘Why Don’t You Cry’ Video — Watch

Thu, September 17, 2015 12:52pm EDT by Add first Comment

Willow Smith just dropped the music video for her new song ‘Why Don’t You Cry,’ about the teenage angst we all know or remember. Naturally, the vid is dark and dramatic. Watch it now!

Willow Smith is only 14, but she’s got artistic vision far beyond her years. Case in point, the scorching-hot video for her song, “Why Don’t You Cry?” which she dropped on Sept. 17. Appropriately, the song is a coming-of-age tale, and the video sees Willow spar with her parents, giving them the side eye which is basically instinctual for 14-year-olds. And, as a bonus, the vid also features Willow’s older brother– the other older brother– Trey Smith! Check out the whole thing!

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The song is super high energy, prompting some serious toe-tapping in contrast with its heavier undertones. The video, which Willow wrote herself, follows a pretty flushed out narrative, featuring Willow’s parents (not played by her actual parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) ripping up an invitation to a party.

For Willow, the video came from a personal place. “If it wasn’t for my parents, I wouldn’t have learned that becoming still and traveling within is the only thing that really matters,” she told i-D, who premiered the video for the wise teen. “You can try and point the finger at everybody else as much as you want, but the only reason you’re feeling the way you’re feeling about something that somebody else is doing is because of the way that you’re perceiving it, and that has everything to do with your conditioning and the way you’ve been raised.”

Well, if this video is any indication of how Willow has been raised, it’s safe to say Will and Jada have done a pretty amazing job.

What do you think of the “Why Don’t You Cry” video?

— Casey Mink