Since his last movie performance in 2013’s After Earth, Jaden Smith has taken a very different direction in his life. From his attempts at creating philosophical quotes on Twitter, to his bold fashion style; Jaden has become a unique celebrity, often seeming completely delusion in the eyes of the public. The Jaden of 2017 is a far cry from his uninspired performances as a child actor.
His career has taken many turns. Acting in the TV show The Get Down, modelling for Luis Vuitton, creating an artist label (was going to write “record label”, but they also do movies and photography), and also creating music himself; Jaden has the unique ability to switch lanes however he pleases thanks to his background, alongside his creative talents.
This month he released his second rap album, called Syre. Whilst the album’s lyrics carry the same consistency as his Twitter, for the most part the album is very enjoyable and well produced. The standouts of the album pay homage to the biggest names of the rap industry, particularly Kid Cudi and Kanye West.
Whilst it’s not for everyone, it’s expressive and passionate. Syre was clearly created confidently, and Jaden’s ability to dismiss negativity is very apparent here. It’s bold, something we rarely see from other young artists this year.
Additionally, following the album’s success, Jaden announced that Syre would be adapted into a movie. Personally, I expect the film to be mediocre at best, but the fact he’s confident enough to push his creative talents further speaks wonders.
Whilst artists like Post Malone have to play safe, Jaden has the creative freedom to do whatever he wants. The results may be inconsistent, but it’s done with such unrelenting passion making everything he produces interesting at the very least.