Jaden Smith released his debut studio album SYRE two weeks ago. After the teaser trailer surfaced on the internet, Smith hit us with the stunning visuals for the single “Icon.”
Since its release, the rapper and Neo Yokio actor has kept an active profile, nurturing artists on his MSFTSrep label, creating a recyclable water box startup and, predictably, covering some questions in a Reddit AMA to boost interest in his new project. In a Ziggy Stardust or Sasha Fierce-like fashion, SYRE is a creative exploration of an alter ego in which the young artist escapes the pressures of the modern world through self-analysis and admiration.
As imagined, much of the Q&A was less about the music, but rather Smith’s Twitter antics and relationships with the likes of Kanye West and Frank Ocean. Oh, and he has a collaboration with BROCKHAMPTON on the way, too.
Whether you love or hate his one line replies, it’s worth checking out some of his answers below. Read the full AMA here.
Jaden’s recommendation for a non-hip-hop song
“505 – Arctic Monkeys”
Jaden on California collective BROCKHAMPTON and if a potential collaboration is ahead
“BROCKHAMPTON Is Fire And Yes We Have Plans”
Jaden on “Why He Types Like This”
808s or Yeezus?
Jaden’s dream collab
Jaden on embracing the meme culture around his tweets
“Hey First Off Im Super Weird So I Dont Really Care About Memes I Care Much More About Influencing Music And Fashion.”
What it’s like to chill with Frank Ocean
“It Makes Me Nervous To Hang Out With Him, Cause He Is Too Talented”
Jaden on how he plans to conquer misogyny in hip-hop
“By Leading By Example”
If you haven’t listened to the album yet, check it out here.
- Main and Featured Image: Jaden Smith / Facebook