As the child of some of the most successful entertainers on the globe, Jaden Smith’s probably never had much contact with the real world. When he first stepped into the public eye, around the time of his Karate Kid remake, that made him seem like just another spoiled rich kid, but lately his otherworldliness has started to taken on a more cosmic quality—which he expresses through a koan-filled Twitter account, surpassingly outside-the-box fashion choices, and his burgeoning rap career, in which he often comes off like Lil B if he were in communication with some sort of extradimensional intelligence.
Smith’s latest rap dispatch, released (like his recent “Blue Ocean”) through his sister Willow’s SoundCloud, finds him rapping about his feelings over Pink Floyd’s “Breathe” from The Dark Side of the Moon, with Willow holding down backup vocal duty. Like Dark Side, “Melancholy” strains unabashedly for profundity, and has enough psychedelic buoyancy that it gets almost close enough to it to count.
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