LINE UP INCLUDES GRAMMY® AWARD- WINNING ARTISTS IMAGINE DRAGONS, ZEDD AND LINKIN PARK’S MIKE SHINODA, GRACE VANDERWAAL, NEON TREES’ TYLER GLENN, VAGABON AND A.W.
STAND UP COMEDIAN, ACTOR AND WRITER CAMERON ESPOSITO TO PERFORM AND EMCEE LOVELOUD FESTIVAL
LOVELOUD TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH AT 10AM MST AT SMITHSTIX.COM
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LOCAL AND NATIONAL LGBTQ+ CHARITIES INCLUDING
ENCIRCLE, TREVOR PROJECT, TEGAN AND SARA FOUNDATION & MORE
Salt Lake City, UT – April 2, 2018 – Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons today
announced the second annual LOVELOUD Festival (http://loveloudfest.com) designed to
ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand,
accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities. The 2018 LOVELOUD Festival
will be powered by AT&T.
AT&T supports various initiatives that promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, including The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention service. Together, through music and an inspiring message, LOVELOUD and AT&T can share our vision of a future where LGBTQ youth are connected to love and acceptance.
LGBTQ+ teen suicide, often caused by a lack of communication or an absence of
acceptance, is one of the most troubling issues in the community. The numbers are
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US for youth (teenagers) according to
the Center for Disease Control.
• LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are
eight times more likely to commit suicide.
“We at LOVELOUD are determined to help create a more loving and accepting environment for them, while also hoping to raise more than $1 million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities” said founder and Imagine Dragons front-man Dan Reynolds. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”
LOVELOUD Festival will take place Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the
Eccles Stadium and feature performances by Grammy® Award-winning artists Imagine
Dragons, Zedd and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda along with Grace Vanderwaal, Neon
Trees’ Tyler Glenn and A.W. Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Cameron Esposito will also perform and emcee the day’s festivities. More performers and speakers will be
announced in the coming weeks.
LOVELOUD tickets will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10AM MST. Festival goers can
purchase tickets HERE. Doors open for the LOVELOUD Festival at 2pm and the music
begins at 3:30pm. The festival will feature food, beverages and a number of other
activities for fans of all ages and interests. The LOVELOUD Foundation will donate
proceeds from this year’s event to benefit LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and the Trevor Project.
“LOVELOUD’s inspiring goal is to raise $1 million dollars for LGBTQ+ organizations in
one day, and we know that this amazing program of music and speakers will entertain,
educate and inspire everyone who comes out in support on July 28th," said Tegan and Sara. “We started the Tegan and Sara Foundation to bring resources and attention to
issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to work with the LOVELOUD
team to amplify their urgent message of acceptance and unconditional love.”
As part of this quest, Dan Reynold’s created a documentary centered around
LOVELOUD, called Believer. The film received runner up for the “Festival Favorite Award” at Sundance Film Festival 2018 and will premiere on HBO in June.
LOVELOUD’s inaugural festival bowed August 26, 2017 in Orem, UT at Brent Brown
Ballpark. The event drew 17,000 concertgoers and featured live music from Imagine
Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (Acoustic), Joshua
James, and Aja Volkman. In 2017, LOVELOUD Foundation lent its support to various
charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor
Project and GLAAD.
The LOVELOUD Foundation is a catalyst to bring communities and families together to
help ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love our LGBTQ+youth. LOVELOUD offers hope to young people, letting them know they’re not alone and encouraging acceptance in the home and community. It all begins with talking about, sharing and showing the realities of what LGBTQ+ teens face daily. The LOVELOUD Foundation is a 501c3.
AT&T’s commitment to equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community began in 1975,
when the company became one of the first American corporations to adopt a policy
prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. AT&T also has a long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace. LEAGUE at AT&T
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Organizations of AT&T) is one of the oldest LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in the nation. In 1998, AT&T
adopted one of the first domestic partner benefits programs for LGBTQ employees. In
2006, AT&T was one of the first U.S. corporations to offer transgender-inclusive health
care benefits. At AT&T, diversity and inclusion will always be top priorities.
Kobalt, a music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, announced that it has signed Grammy award winning, actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ, Donald Glover, a.k.a., Childish Gambino. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration, including global synch and creative support services, for all of Childish Gambino’s future songs after the Awaken, My Love! album. In addition, Kobalt has signed Wolf + Rothstein, Glover’s musical teams of collective songwriters and artists for publishing administration, global synch and creative support services.
Said Kobalt Music SVP, Creative, Al McLean, of the deal, “Donald is one of those rare multi-talented artists who can do it all. It’s an honor to sign Donald and Wolf + Rothstein Collective to the Kobalt family.”
Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Grammy-winning actor, writer, comedian, DJ, and rapper Donald Glover broke into pop culture mainstream first on the hit TV sitcom Community after serving on the writing staff of both The Daily Show and 30 Rock. In August 2011, he signed to Glassnote Records under his rap moniker Childish Gambino and has since released two albums. Glover also currently stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he also created and occasionally directs.
Operating out of Temple Studios in Los Angeles, Wolf + Rothstein is the creative agency comprised of Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Donald Glover, Wolf Taylor, and Fam Rothstein, all whom worked with the band that helped compose the critically acclaimed Awaken My Love! Released December 2, 2017, Awaken My Love! and the chart-topping hit single “Redbone” are nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Traditional R&B Performance (winner), Best R&B Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Childish Gambino is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on May 5, 2018.
“Wolf and Rothstein is excited to partner with Kobalt for publishing,” said Wolf Taylor of Wolf + Rothstein. “We’re looking forward to growing the roster together.”
Drake teases the OVO alternative school uniforms for Miami High School on Instagram. The Toronto rapper posted a photo of a white polo shirt with October’s Very Own running across the high school’s emblem on the upper right chest area. To the left of the emblem is a line from Drake’s “God’s Plan” that reads: “I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry.”
If you remember, for Drizzy’s “God’s Plan” video shoot the rapper filmed at Miami Senior High School. Drake filmed scenes in the school’s hallways and outside in a field atop a hydraulic crane, with some of the students acting as extras. Drake then donated $25,000 to the school and announced that all students would be getting uniforms he designed himself.
Check out the OVO x Miami High School uniform below.
Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced today, all new original comedy series, Turn Up Charlie, created, in the UK, by Idris Elba (who stars and executive produces) and television producer Gary Reich.
Logline: Idris Elba is Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.
Episodes: Eight, ½ hour episodes
Executive Producers: Idris Elba; Gary Reich; Tristram Shapeero
Co-Executive Producers: Martin Joyce, Ana Garanito
Supervising Producer/Writer: Georgia Lester
Writers: Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran, Victoria Asare-Archer
Directors: Tristram Shapeero, Matt Lipsey
Producer: Gill Isles
Production Companies: Co-produced by Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Green Door Pictures
Production begins this May in the U.K.
About Idris Elba:
A passionate and dynamic performer, and clearly – man of many talents – Idris Elba perfected his skills on the wheels of steel long before finding fame on the big screen. But from spinning surprise sets in East London clubs, his career as a DJ has, much like his acting path, skyrocketed the Londoner to stardom. Enjoying a stellar year in 2017, with sets at the likes of Snowbombing, Glastonbury, Creamfields, and Elrow London; where he shared a stage with heavyweights MK & Hot Since 82, Idris further enhanced his growing reputation with performances at LA Sound with Skream, and New York’s legendary Output venue, with Seth Troxler. An ever-popular figure across the Balearic island, Idris was a resident at Hi Ibiza across the summer season, performing with the Mambo Brothers, and even finding time in his hectic schedule to rock the decks of Pacha with Bob Sinclar. A talented producer, as well as remixer, the British DJ’s mix of ‘Circles’ (released on his own 7Wallace label), was met with acclaim across the industry, and precedes the upcoming Brett Gould EP on 7Wallace. Kickstarting 2018 in a similar vein of form, Idris performed at legendary producer Shy FX’s ‘Cul.ture’ residency, having previously remixed Shy’s ‘Chocolate’ under his Driis moniker; with the record rapidly climbing the ranks as one of 2017’s most heavily supported tracks thanks to his two dynamic interpretations of the original in the form of the Driis 7 Wallace Mix, and the Driis Sugar Zaddy Mix. Taking his talents across the globe in 2018, Idris continues to cement his reputation as one of dance music’s most in-demand names, with sets already scheduled at the likes of Bristol’s esteemed Motion venue, Forbidden Fruit in Dublin, SW4, and July juggernaut, Tomorrowland, as well as a special residency in Ibiza for the upcoming season.
It didn’t take very long for EDM Cash King Calvin Harris and pop singer on the rise Dua Lipa to take their new single “One Kiss”all the way to No. 1 in their home country, as it only debuted at No. 3 in its first of two frames on the songs chart across the pond. The forward movement the two chart-toppers are currently enjoying has pushed another major player off the throne just as he arrived.
Drake owned the ranking last frame with his most recent release “Nice For What,” which was immediately powerful enough to debut at the top of the ranking without issue. In doing so, the catchy hip-hop cut became the rapper’s second leader of 2018, but it’s clear that “Nice” won’t rule for nearly as long as his previous champion “God’s Plan,” as it has already been knocked out of the way in favor of something a bit poppier.
Also down this week is “Freaky Friday,” the silly single from comedian and musician Lil Dicky and Chris Brown. The track bolted to No. 1 earlier this month, where it also held court for just one spin before Drake’s “Nice For What” snatched the crown. That cut comes in just ahead of George Ezra’s “Paradise” at No. 4, which is down two slots from its No. 2 peak, which now stands as the singer-songwriter’s career-high.
The lower half of the top 10 in the U.K. this week is filled by the following popular releases: Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s “Friends” at No. 6, Sigala and Paloma Faith’s new collaboration “Lullaby” at No. 7 (a new high point for the track), Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” at No. 8, Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Psycho” at No. 9 and finally Keala Settle’s “This Is Me,” taken from The Greatest Showman soundtrack, in last place.
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” series, died on Saturday, according to a statement posted on his Instagram page.
He was 49.
“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”
Troyer’s height — two feet and 8 inches — was due to his longtime diagnosis of achondroplasia dwarfism.
Earlier this month, the actor and comedian was hospitalized for possible alcohol poisoning, a year after he was in rehab.
“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.”
The social media announcement further explained the side effects of depression and urged followers to raise awareness of suicide. The announcement didn’t specifically state the actor’s cause of death and Troyer’s rep declined to comment further.
The statement concluded by asking for donations to Troyer’s two favorite charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.
Troyer was married in 2004 to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen and was most recently linked to actress Brittney Powell. The actor was also known for his roles in “The Love Guru,” “Bubble Boy,” and “Postal,” along with various stints on reality TV shows.
“Time is only an illusion, there is only the now.” —Master Shifu, Kung Fu Panda
Universal City, CA, April 17, 2018 – Universal Studios Hollywood channels its inner Master Shifu from DreamWorks Animations hit film, Kung Fu Panda, with today’s gift announcing Friday, June 15 as the official grand opening date of its all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”
Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the attraction will take guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience.
Created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” recounts a plot filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure filled with raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and Kung Fu.
With cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the multi-sensory attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” will introduce the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure. Developed by the innovative team at Universal Creative, this never-before-adapted technique will depict a series of immersive and visually dynamic scenic designs that will transform within the interior space and enhance the story. With detailing that is so precise, it will be near impossible to realize the projected imagery is a mere illusion.
Coupled with seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors and 360 degree surround sound audio, sweeping physical effects from water to wind will empower guests to feel more like participants than spectators in the adrenaline-spiked adventure.
Featuring an original score by composer Germaine Franco, the storyline begins as guests enter the pre-show area of the theatre where they meet an array of DreamWorks characters who kick-off the attraction’s narrative. From there, guests will enter the main theatre, complete with new ultra-plush, fully articulated seats that pivot and swivel in tandem with the 180-degree action.
The newly constructed building that houses the DreamWorks Theatre is inspired by Mission revival architecture and harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood’s Art Deco period of the 1920s, including a box office ticket seller booth, reminiscent of the time period and staffed by a three-dimensional usher asleep on the job.
As guests navigate past the ticket booth, through the flourishing outdoor garden and into the theatre queue, they will encounter a series of 36 movie posters that pay homage to DreamWorks Animation films. Within the lobby, a selection of over 20 award statuettes will be on display, representing a sampling of the Golden Globe, Emmy, People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, National Board of Review and Annie awards DreamWorks Animation has amassed from 2008 to 2015. A collection of original sculpted maquettes of the “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” characters will also be on display along with artifacts embodying magical powers that Po brought back from the Spirit Realm.
The ilCaffè in Downtown Los Angeles has all the makings of a scene. A French bulldog nuzzles up at the foot of its owner, hoping to catch any pastry scraps that fall off the table. An entrepreneur delivers fresh-pressed juices through the sturdy door inside the Eastern Columbia Building and waits for her bounty like a gold miner keen for a reward for her hard work. Finally still, the shop itself is physically connected to the Swedish brand, Acne Studios, where thousand-dollar coats bearing men’s names like “Garret,” “Charlie” and “Matthew” waft in the caffeine aroma.
This is where multi-hyphenate, Jaden Smith, wants to meet. He calls it his “favorite coffee shop” and arrives right on time for our 3 p.m. conversation — whirling through the entrance and offering his hand for a friendly introduction.
“Hi. I’m Jaden.”
He’s fresh-faced and handsome, with a head full of closely-cropped, bleached blonde hair which gives the impression of butter on top of a pancake. He’s wearing an oversized MSFTSrep hoodie (his own brand of unisex clothing) and a pair of black Tripp NYC trousers with an abundance of tentacle-like straps nonchalantly dangling from them. As a total package, he looks like he just rolled out of bed — but in a cool way.
We settle at a small table near the bar. His manager has left us to it; Smith doesn’t need anyone to monitor anything controversial that he may or may not say.
If an “open book” is a metaphor to describe someone unafraid of voicing various traits and beliefs, Jaden Smith is new media — “Command P” — ready to print and create visual documentation of how he views the world.
“I love the fact that I can be on the cover because that means I can reach more people,” he says. “That’s my whole mission of what I’m trying to do.”
With 6.4 million followers on Twitter and another 6.3 million on Instagram (and growing), he certainly has an active digital audience. But Smith wants much more than retweets and likes. He wants to inspire his fans to create unabashedly, and on their own terms. To him, the Internet is a conduit to fulfill that duty.
“I hope to see more people start to love themselves and release music and products in general,” he says. “I hope to see people start to trust their vision more and to go full speed towards what they want in their life, and to really go and grasp what they want instead of just sitting back.”
Other entertainers might use their platform to provide aspirational examples of what being passionate and driven affords you in life. But Smith has a different outlook on social media. He sees himself as somewhat of a martyr, where he is willing to assume the burdens, hate, and vitriol associated with being different.
“I hope that people can see me and say, ‘Oh, so he’s under a bunch of fire for wearing a skirt or saying something that was really wild. Now that everybody’s talking about him, I can be behind the scenes and do what I need to do,’” he says. “Jaden’s taking the fire. So I can stand behind him and not be burned by the fire of the world.”
Even though it may be easier to simply say that harsh criticism doesn’t faze him, Smith is quite forthcoming with the backlash that comes with creative risk, like when he appeared in a skirt in Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2016 campaign alongside models Sarah Brannon, Jean Campbell and Rianne Van Rompaey. “It’s hard for me to bear it sometimes, you know?” he admits. “And I haven’t always been able to bear it in the way that I do.”
Despite his fearless attitude, there were voices in his ear questioning if it was the right career move.
“There were a lot of people after it happened that were like ‘yo, what are you doing?! That’s so freaking weird!’ And I was like, ‘Dude, I’m so weird, like what do you want me to tell you?’”But he found the resolve to rise above the criticism when he realized the value of questioning heteronormativity in fashion. There are plenty of street style stars and fashion acolytes who readily push the boundaries of clothing as self-expression, but when Smith does it, it packs a certain gravitas.
“It’s taking a separation that was there,
and then knocking it down and creating something completely new.”
“It’s like knocking down the Berlin Wall,” he says. “It’s taking a separation that was there, and then knocking it down and creating something completely new. That’s what I was doing with that.”
Smith represents a new kind of young fashion consumer. He once posted an Instagram from a Topshop fitting room where he was trying on women’s clothes, or as he called them, simply “clothes.” Rote categorizations between menswear and womenswear are obsolete; all that matters is whether or not these kids can see themselves in the pieces.
In describing Smith’s approach to fashion, designer Nicolas Ghesquière told The New York Times that “Wearing a skirt comes as naturally to him as it would to a woman who, long ago, granted herself permission to wear a man’s trench or a tuxedo.” Or as Smith puts it: “There’s no bigger flex than doing something no one else would do.”
He also represents a new approach to young celebrity. Instead of focusing on the privilege afforded to him as a youth born in the limelight, he prefers to focus on the relatable teenage angst that affects him as much as it does his peers. Instead of using Instagram to highlight life on a private yacht or the other extravagances he has access to, he uses it show he is just as vulnerable as any other kid trying to find her or his place in an increasingly complicated world.
When he was younger, he posted photos of himself crying on Instagram and Twitter to show that someone in his position doesn’t necessarily feel less negative emotions than the average teen. It’s a self-aware message that resonates with a younger audience. During our chat, a 20-something girl dressed in all black ventures over to compliment Smith on his unique pants. He thanks her. In that moment, she appears as if she’s simultaneously been hit by Cupid’s arrow, and also seen a ghost.
“This is the best day ever,” she states upon realizing who he is. “I was just watching you on YouTube all day yesterday.”
“Really, why?” Smith asks.
“This might be completely difficult for you to understand,” she answers, “but I’m really into dark shit. And you’re very nocturnal. And there’s probably like a 5% of the entire universe that understands that mentality. This is my favorite coffee shop in the entire world, because it’s Swedish. I’m really into black metal and shit. You have a really dark thing that you carry with you, that’s so fucking beautiful that the majority of the world can’t see. Don’t lose that. People don’t understand that. It sounds cheesy, but that’s my life.”
The whole exchange is over in less than a minute. She seems equally as enthusiastic about the chance encounter as he does about her assessment of his personality. Despite his willingness to engage with fans, Smith makes it clear that he isn’t much for being out in the public eye. It’s not so much that he fancies himself a recluse; it’s simply that he has bigger things on his mind than restaurant openings, parties, and other lavish things that might be afforded to someone who grew up the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett.
“If I have nothing to do, I’ll just stay home and really think about life,” he says. “‘Because there’s enough in life for me to just sit and like ponder what it’s really about.”
Although he has been parodied in the media for his various existential musings, he’s often in on the joke. In a video for Vanity Fair titled “Jaden Smith Reads Mind-Blowing Facts About the Universe,” he plays up his astonishment over truths like human saliva containing opiorphin, a natural painkiller proven to be six times more powerful than morphine.
Whether it’s Doomsday prophesies, a broken educational system, or the Precision Equinox, he seems genuine in his pursuit for knowledge. Smith clearly wants a better understanding of why things are or aren’t happening.
“My job here is not to teach people — because that implies that you know something that other people don’t know,” he says. “Do I know things that other people don’t know? Absolutely. But that’s not my thing. I’m not here to teach people, I’m here to learn.”
Smith clearly knows his audience. And they find the way that he carries himself to be an honest reflection of what it’s like to be a 20-something.
“It’s just that I’m a witness to the world, and the world has a really dark side to it that I choose not to ignore,” he says. “Somewhere is always dark, somewhere is always light. You always have that duality, it’s just where do you choose to exist within your own mind.”
That idea of duality is reinforced in the days after we spoke with the unveiling of his music video, “Batman,” from his forthcoming album, Syre.
Smith’s intrigue with the Caped Crusader is certainly not a new phenomenon — having donned an all-white Batman costume to the nuptials of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. But after speaking to him, it seems less like a publicity stunt and more in tune with his worldview involving the duality of character within in his own life.
“I love Batman because in the daytime he’s Bruce Wayne, and in the nighttime he’s Batman,” Smith says. “And I feel the exact same way because in the daytime I’m Jaden Smith, but in the nighttime I’m Syre — which is my middle name and the name of my album. That’s where I pull a lot of inspiration from — reminiscing on the past, thinking about the future, the world, about how far we’ve come with MSFTSrep, and everything that we’ve done.”
“It’s my world. It’s everything I want to do. It’s all of my rules, and I totally don’t care, except for what feels right.”
In addition to his debut studio album and his clothing line, Smith’s also got a film, Life in a Year, which tackles cancer in young people — and was the major onus for cutting off his signature dreadlocks.
“With acting in a movie that someone else is producing — I’m going to be more serious, because it’s not my idea. I’m just the actor; I’m just the model; I’m just the muse,” he says.
Smith’s other major credit recently had been on Baz Luhrman’s hip-hop drama, The Get Down, which chronicled the rise of the genre in the Bronx in the early 1970s. Although the show was cancelled after only one season, it did allow Smith to reflect on his place in the contemporary world. His character, graffiti writer Dizzee, has an arc in which he explores his own sexuality in the context of the free-loving 1970s and fledgling hip-hop culture — a genre that’s only very recently started to feel more inclusive towards the LGBQT community. “I’m suited for right now,” he says. “I’m supposed to be here right now. If I would’ve come any earlier, people would’ve just tried to kill me.”
In a sense, Jaden Smith’s acting career is akin to Bruce Wayne’s persona as a billionaire playboy philanthropist. It’s the mask he puts on to fit into the world at large. But music is the force that drives his inner Batman. In the same way the fictional caped crusader’s endless battle against crime fuels his existence, Smith’s approach to music gives him a platform to create something bigger than himself.
“I created a new game,” he says. “It’s my world. It’s everything I want to do. It’s all of my rules, and I totally don’t care, except for what feels right.” He describes his style of music as “Pop Runk” — a hybrid of stylings inspired by the worlds of “rap, skate and punk.”
“Pop Runk is the future,” he says, eyes lighting up. “Kurt Cobain inspired me. Kid Cudi inspired me, Kanye. All of my homies inspired me. But the biggest inspiration in my life would be Kid Cudi and Tycho.”
The mention of Kurt Cobain seems rather apropos. Days prior, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy told music publication NME: “When I talk to like my rock friends, they’re like, ‘The next Nirvana is coming, the next Nirvana is coming’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, but the next Nirvana probably is coming, but not in the form of Nirvana. It might be like Jaden Smith.’”
Smith takes it as a compliment, but doesn’t feel like he’s quite at that level yet. As he interprets it, Wentz means that when the next Nirvana comes, it’s going to come in a form that people won’t expect — perhaps someone like Jaden Smith. He admits there are probably other worthy successors in line to become the next Nirvana, but also admits there are people waiting in the wings waiting to become the next Will Smith.
Jaden Smith is nearly the same age as his father was when he and DJ Jazzy Jeff released their debut album, Rock the House, in 1987 which sent them both on a Hollywood trajectory. He doesn’t shy away from comparisons. Much in the same way he studies various topics that keep him up at night, he has also examined the path his father took.
“He started in music and transitioned to movies. I started with movies, and then I transitioned into making music,” he says. “I look at him and use it as a blueprint of how good of a person he is, but not necessarily the success that he reached.”
Jaden Smith may ultimately never solve any major world crisis or become the next Kurt Cobain or Will Smith, but he may do all three. And as savior, savant and Renaissance man, who’s to say he’s not already Batman?
The following report highlights the programming of ABC’s “Good Morning America” during the week of April 9–13. “Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan, Lara Spencer, Amy Robach; and Ginger Zee is the chief meteorologist. The morning news program airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Highlights of the week include:
Monday, April 9 –Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Rampage”); author and nanny Connie Simpson (“The Nanny Connie Way: Secrets to Mastering the First Four Months of Parenthood”)
Tuesday, April 10 –Actress Lecy Goranson (“Roseanne”); Dr.Ian Smith (“The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation”); author Joanna Coles (“Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World”)
Wednesday, April 11 –Actress KerryWashington (“Scandal”); actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (“Rampage”)
Thursday, April 12 –Clothing designer Diane von Furstenberg;Deals and Steals with ABC contributor Tory Johnson
Friday, April 13 – “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” cast reveal; actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan (“Chappaquiddick”)