As one of the standout tracks from his debut album, Syre, Jaden Smith’s “Icon” features an infectious beat, an abundance of lyrics that require further analysis, and one notable shout-out to Highsnobiety itself.

Genius recently enlisted Smith to provide a deeper explanation of the song’s origin – dipping into various facets of the inspiration and execution.

As for the Highsnobiety Magazine cover reference, he explains that it was a means of illustrating that his album – which he worked on for three years – was still being tinkered with as we readied our profile on him.

For more Jaden Smith, check out his cover story for ‘Highsnobiety Magazine’ Issue 15.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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