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Willow Smith just released a surprise debut album

‘Ardipithecus’ takes its title from ancient human bones, and includes contributions from her big brother Trey Smith

Just when we thought today was shaping up to be just another slow Friday, our favourite teen feminist, producer and singer Willow Smith went and dropped her debut album with essentially no warning whatsoever.

The album, which is titled Ardipithecus, is available on U.S iTunes and was released via Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation. It includes 15 tracks, 14 of which she wrote, and 10 of which she produced. The album also includes contributions from her brother Trey Smith (aka AcE) as well as frequent musical collaborator and producer Jabs.

Speaking to The Fader, Willow explained: “‘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…”

Listen to one of the album’s tracks “F Q-C #8” below: