Willow Smith is hoping to bring more black performances to the rock music genre after talking about her personal experiences with bullying because of her musical tastes.
In an interview with V Magazine, Smith revealed that she faces a backlash because she is black and enjoys genres like rock, metal, and pop-punk.
“[B]Being a black woman in the metal world is very, very different from the pressures the music industry puts on you, Smith said, according to V Magazine. “Now it’s like extra pressure from metal culture, the metal world and rock in general. I used to be bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance.
In April, the Red Table Talk co-host released “Transparent Soul,” a pop-punk single starring Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Smith said his next album will include a feature film by Avril Lavigne.
“I’m so excited I’m going to have a song on the album with Avril Lavigne,” Smith said, according to V Magazine. “She’s so iconic. From 13 to 16, she was my idol. It’s really nice to be able to have a quintessential pop-punk record with the queen of pop-punk.
The 20-year-old is hoping she can help bring more black representations to the rock genre to let others know they’re not alone.
“It’s a real thing, you are not alone. You’re not the only black girl who wishes you could flip her hair to the side and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean? Smith said, according to V Magazine.