Willow Smith possibly remaking 'Parents Just Don't Understand': Good idea?

willow-smithImage Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosWillow Smith only has one hit single to her name so far, but she’s already thinking about remaking one of her dad’s signature tunes. The “Whip My Hair” mini-diva told Yahoo! that she’s considering covering DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince‘s 1988 classic “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” “There’s a possibility that I will,” she’s quoted as saying (h/t Idolator). “It’s a really great song.”

Indeed it is. Let’s salute young Willow for recognizing how awesome DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were, and not rolling her eyes just because the Fresh Prince is her old man. Would that every 10-year-old today had the same level of appreciation for lighthearted late-’80s hip-hop. (Watch the original video after the jump.)

And yet…how drastically would “Parents Just Don’t Understand” have to be retooled to fit on 2011’s radio playlists? Can Willow Smith actually rap? Would it be weird to hear her complaining about non-understanding parents, considering the fact that her actual parents are universally beloved movie stars?

So many questions for something that’s still just a vague “possibility.” For now, you tell us: Is this a good idea or not? Would you like to hear Willow Smith cover “Parents Just Don’t Understand”?

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  • Kath

    Hey, Li’l Romeo and 3LW did it.

    • Miss Talk

      Yes, and they got Nick Cannon on the verse about taking the parents’car. I guess Willow can have Justin Bieber for that one. Btw, her mom Jada did a video with Tupac on the song as well.
      Could be fun!

  • keith


  • mari


    • travey

      She can’t sing. Enough said!

  • dropper

    She will remake the song. It will suck, then go on to sell a million downloads. Such is the music industry these days.

  • Jay

    I dunno… I was a kid when the original was out and I absolutely LOVED it! There was alot of thruth in the lyrics for me.

    Granted, I am not the audience for a song like this anymore but I’m not really fond of the idea

  • Karate Pants

    The only thing Willow Smith’s “parents just don’t understand” is that kids need to be kids.
    Wah. Wah. Wahhhhhhh.

    • Dee Jones

      I so agree with you. I don`t like what`s going on with this little girl. She shouldn`t be out there until she`s 18 years old so she can make her own decisions. This girl should be in school do what little girls her age are doing. Too much too soon!

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  • JAM

    no. no. no. no. no. no. no. no. no. no.

    • Once more…


    • Heather P

      No. I can’t see it.

    • And once again…


    • jennyk

      Exactly what I said.

  • Bobby F

    Ok, the original was awesome, but wasn’t he a teenager when he did it, not a very young tween? Nepotism sucks. Everyone would think she did it JUST because her dad did it first. I would not want to listen to a ten year old complaining about her parents, etc. Makes me want to barf thinking about it.

  • Shannon

    “universally beloved”? I don’t think so.

    • More like…

      Chronically indulgent.

  • Kristen

    They would have to make some MAJOR changes to the song to make it work, but I’d be okay with it.

  • outside agitator

    hey Willow…Supercuts, grasp the concept.

  • Katie

    That was my first reaction too. Wasn’t half the song about him picking up a girl, who then gets half undressed while feeling up his leg? How’s that going to work?

  • Susie

    Ugh…No! Why can’t she just stay her age! This is going to be a terrible idea! I”m not going to listen to it either! No one in the right mind is going to listen to this crap. It’s just plan out useless! GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN! No one wants you in hollywood but yourself!!

  • Just Jules

    Sure, why not? It is a sure fire way to ensure her fame by nepotism for another 15 minutes…

  • jen

    What horrid parents these 2 egomaniacs are. Ugggh!

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