Willow Smith and Jhene Aiko are touring the country together after three years of being apart. The young star and celebrity mom give Billboard a duo interview in which they talk about their personal lives and time spent preparing for the road.
“Coming out of the ‘Whip My Hair’ days, that was the first time I’d ever toured with artists I listen to,” Willow says of her 2014 travel schedule that included shows with Jhene Aiko. “I’d started playing guitar, and that tour really solidified: ‘OK, I want to be a live musician, to have a music career, for real.’ Being around people who were so confident and so set in their artistry was a huge step in the direction of understanding who I really am.”
Jhene also commented on traveling with Willow. “We did that for each other,” she said. “I’d never considered myself a performer, but now I’m super into how I present these songs. This time, I want to take the audience on a journey, have them feel what I went through — I want them to think they’re tripping balls. People like Willow and me, we’re super connected to this music and our message. We really want to change the world.”