Willow stopped by Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Thursday (Aug. 1) to talk about her new album Willow and the personal growth she’s experienced since 2010’s “Whip My Hair.”
When asked by Ebro Daren about getting back into music following some struggles with mental health and the spotlight, Smith explained that her family’s openminded perspective helped immensely.
“My family is really the only reason I feel like I recovered from that time in the way that I did,” she explained. “Because if I didn’t have them or if they weren’t as accepting of me and my pain and trying to understand me, that could have gone left very easily and very fast.”
“In viewing that purpose and that value in me like, ‘No you’re meant to do something. This is not for nothing,'” she continued. “That is really important. Most of the time I felt like, ‘Why am I here?’ I have all this freedom and privilege and what am I going to do?”
Speaking of her family, she collaborates with her brother Jaden on a new song, “U KNOW.” When asked what it’s about, she explained, “You know how life can test you, and then another lyric is how life can bless you. I did an homage back to the music I used to do, like that production. It almost has a trap influence to it. I wanted to bring that spiritual vibe to it. I’m talking about evoking the spirit of the mother and I wanted to bring that in with the trap element.”
“I feel like Jaden is a really great expression of that just as a human being,” she explained. “So I was like you definitely need to be on this.”
Watch the full interview below.