Five years after Willow Smith burst out with the hit single “Whip My Hair,” the singer's back to experimenting with different sounds and sources of inspiration. The 14-year-old artist dropped the new funky single “F Q-C # 7” and co-directed the accompanying music video partly influenced by the concept of chakras.
The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith wrote and produced the xylophone-driven song herself. The music, which Smith cited influences from bands like Girlpool and tUnE-yArDs to The Fader, creates a solid backbeat to her poppy music video where she dances in front of graffiti laden walls. In other scenes, there are multiple versions of the singer dressed in primary colors, wearing different face paint designs and playing various instruments.
In an email to The Fader, Willow Smith explained the connection to chakras behind her “F Q-C # 7” music video. Each of the four Willows in the white walled set is meant to symbolize a different chakra. "Yellow is self-confidence, blue is my voice (song), red is my survival instinct, and the black is a combination of everything (the true me)," she wrote.
According to Dr. Deepak Chopra’s website, chakras are centers of energy located within the body that align with the spine. There are seven chakras, each connected with a different focus like stability, creativity and love. Originally rooted in the Hindu and yogic traditions, Willow Smith looks to channel her first, third and fifth chakras from her description. Perhaps her next new singles will address the remaining chakras.
The chakra theme could also tie into the song’s title. Since “F Q-C # 7” is pronounced “Frequency Number Seven,” it is potentially a reference to the seven chakras in one’s body. The character Willow Smith plays in all black clothing is meant to represent the unified chakras in a person.
“F Q-C # 7” is now available on iTunes.