11 Songs, 36 Minutes

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The year 2018 has been kind to hip-hop’s new-age outlaw. The brother of Willow has expanded his presence in fashion (appearing in Louis Vuitton ads), music (releasing SYRE: THE ELECTRIC ALBUM plus numerous collaborations), movies (costarring in Skate Kitchen), and social media musings (tweeting, “If I Had The Right Girl In My Life I Would Be Able To Bend Space Time With My Mind”). On this mixtape, Jaden Smith continues asserting his inner voice (it’s Auto-Tuned, natch) with a mix of styles and moods. “Plastic” goes the hardest, a trap monster able to flatten the most formidable soundsystem. Dreamy turns like “Play This on a Mountain at Sunset” and “Distant” wipe the third eye clean with Smith in his feelings about change and being present. Yet with all the personal-transformation tales, he makes time for affairs of the heart: “Yeah Yeah” pulls off a romantic Afrobeat ballad while “Better Things” is a short rumination on modern love. Throughout The Sunset Tapes, Smith replicates the sound of his soul. Cool Tape Story, bro.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The year 2018 has been kind to hip-hop’s new-age outlaw. The brother of Willow has expanded his presence in fashion (appearing in Louis Vuitton ads), music (releasing SYRE: THE ELECTRIC ALBUM plus numerous collaborations), movies (costarring in Skate Kitchen), and social media musings (tweeting, “If I Had The Right Girl In My Life I Would Be Able To Bend Space Time With My Mind”). On this mixtape, Jaden Smith continues asserting his inner voice (it’s Auto-Tuned, natch) with a mix of styles and moods. “Plastic” goes the hardest, a trap monster able to flatten the most formidable soundsystem. Dreamy turns like “Play This on a Mountain at Sunset” and “Distant” wipe the third eye clean with Smith in his feelings about change and being present. Yet with all the personal-transformation tales, he makes time for affairs of the heart: “Yeah Yeah” pulls off a romantic Afrobeat ballad while “Better Things” is a short rumination on modern love. Throughout The Sunset Tapes, Smith replicates the sound of his soul. Cool Tape Story, bro.

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About Jaden Smith

Jaden Christopher Syre Smith is an American actor, rapper, and fashion designer. Born in Malibu, California, to Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, the artist's earliest foray into the entertainment industry was in his father's 2006 film, Pursuit of Happyness. He went on to co-star with Will Smith again for 2013's After Earth. Other notable movies in his repertoire include the remakes for The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid with Jackie Chan. Following in his parents' footsteps, he also broke into the music world. First, in 2010, he appeared on Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never." Two years later, he would issue his debut mixtape, The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape, Vol. 1, which was inspired by Kid Cudi and Purity Ring. The atmospheric rap/R&B collection also featured appearances by OmArr, T-Coles, Josiah Bell, AcE, and his sister, Willow. A sequel, CTV2, arrived in 2014 and featured the single "PCH." In 2016, in addition to starring on the series as Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling, Smith contributed a pair of tracks to the soundtrack of The Get Down. A pair of singles were issued in 2017, including the Cudi-esque "Watch Me" and the trap-rap "Batman." Those tracks would appear on his SYRE LP (Roc Nation), which featured guests like A$AP Rocky ("Breakfast") and Raury ("Falcon"). That year, he toured the U.S. with Blackbear and Fall Out Boy. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

HOMETOWN
Malibu, CA
BORN
July 8, 1998

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