Man of the week: Jaden Smith
Meet the 16-year-old who is just too cool for school
He is the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, elder brother of singer Willow Smith and all-around creative force, winning the hearts of many as he continues making music and just "be himself"...
Born on July 1998, Jaden Smith first started his career in acting, playing roles in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness, with his father, and The Karate Kid, as well as the 2013 film After Earth – also with his father. However, his quick rise to fame took off when he first dipped his toes into the world of music, releasing his first mixtape in 2012 called The Cool Café, before releasing songs for his best friends Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
"Here's the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It's not true, it's not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to."
This month, after releasing a surprise alternative/rap EP for – Estee Lauder's latest face – Kendall Jenner's birthday called Prakruiti, Jaden has just dropped a new album, called CTV2. Featuring eight-new tracks the melodic piece has been two years in the making and can be downloaded from the musician's very own app, which is now available through iTunes.
Aside from music, the 16-year-old also has another gift and it comes in the form of spectacular self-confidence and consciousness of the world around him, which he speaks about in a recent interview published by The New York Times.
When asked about music, the musician simply replied, "Honestly, we're just trying to make music that we think is cool. We don't think a lot of the music out there is that cool. So we make our own music." While discussing spirturality and Prana energy, the intelligent teenager also gave NYT's T Magazine the low down on school, "Here's the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It's not true, it's not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to."
So, from spending his time making quality music and reading ancient texts to experiencing life and being independent, Jaden Smith is one guy who we could listen to all day long.