Jaden Smith has been working hard on his latest project and recently debuted the new album, SYRE, A Beautiful Confusion. The 19 year old began working on this project 3 years ago and the piece is supposed to display his growth as a person/artist, more specifically, his unique perspective on life that leads him to see himself as “the boy whose words seem to never make sense.”
This is his first studio album produced by Roc Nation and its got some pretty big name features like A$AP Rocky, Raury, and his sister Willow. Jaden’s also taken a stern stance on what he considers a longstanding problem with hip hop. Smith has proudly announced that he’s learned a lot from the major women in his life about what they go through, namely his mother, sister, and girlfriend, so he feels misogynistic lyrics are hurtful, degrading, and unprogressive.
Smith isn’t far off at all with his opinions towards how women are portrayed in Hip-hop. Tricia Rose previously expanded on this point in the 5th chapter of her book, Hip-hop Wars. She points out that the problem is larger than just music because of how the idea of women is presented across all forms of male dominated media. But Jaden taking a stance as a influential figure is a big step toward change in the future.
If you’re familiar with Jaden and his music, you can bet that the new album is sure to be interesting, but Smith has even bigger plans. He plans to add visual aspects to this project, which is actually the rappers middle name, however, this will just be a separate short film that has it’s own characters and story. Smith plans on taking some time to shoot and debuting the film sometime in 2018.