Smith performing in 2015
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith
July 8, 1998
Malibu, California, U.S.
|Parent(s)||Will Smith (father)|
Jada Pinkett Smith (mother)
|Relatives||Willow Smith (sister)|
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Jaden Smith's first movie role was with his father in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness. He also acted in the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid, and was in the 2013 film After Earth with his father.
Following the critical panning of After Earth, Smith distanced himself from acting and the film industry, deciding to focus on music instead. He released CTV2, his second mixtape, in November 2014. Following a three-year work effort, he released his debut studio album, Syre, on November 17, 2017. His second studio album, Erys, was released on July 5, 2019.
Jaden Smith was born July 8, 1998, in Malibu, California, the son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. He has an older half-brother, Trey Smith (born 1992), and a younger sister, Willow Smith (born 2000). Smith attended New Village Leadership Academy before being homeschooled by his parents. Growing up, Smith's celebrity status due to acting in films such as The Pursuit of Happyness and his parents both being acclaimed actors led to him being isolated from having a normal childhood, something he has spoken on at length. Smith wasn't able to make friends with normal children and as such blended into the skateboarding scene, where he was not as easily recognized.
Smith made his major role debut in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness as Christopher, the son of Chris Gardner, Will Smith's character. For his role, Smith won the award for Breakthrough Performance at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. Smith next appeared as Jacob in the 2008 Scott Derrickson science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, a remake of the 1951 classic of the same name.
In 2010, along with Jackie Chan, Smith starred in The Karate Kid, a remake of the 1984 film. In May 2013, Will Smith and Jaden starred together, playing father and son, in After Earth. In 2014, it was announced that Smith will return for the sequel Karate Kid 2 with Jackie Chan. The movie will be directed by Breck Eisner, produced by James Lassiter and Will Smith and written by Zak Penn.
In April 2014, Smith was cast in the film The Good Lord Bird, which is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by James McBride. Smith plays Henry Shackleford, a young slave living in Kansas Territory in 1857 who encounters abolitionist John Brown.
Smith took a break from acting following the release of his mixtape, Cool Tape Vol. 2 to focus on music, returning to act in Netflix original, The Get Down in 2017. Smith also had a voice acting role in Neo Yokio and a role in Nashville as himself. Talking on his break from acting, Smith said:
The kinds of roles I was being offered weren't exactly what I was looking for, nothing felt really necessary that I needed to be in until [Skate Kitchen] came along.
Smith has returned to acting in films with the announcement of a film based on skateboarding. Smith will also act in the 2018 film Life in a Year alongside Cara Delevingne. On 21 June 2018, Crystal Moselle's Skate Kitchen released its first official trailer showcasing Smith as the main character. The film was officially released on August 10, 2018 after being showcased at Sundance in Winter 2017.
Smith started work on his debut studio album in 2014, a process that took three years. Smith announced in December 2016 that his debut studio album would be titled Syre. The lead single from Syre, "Fallen" was released on December 5, 2016, three more singles were released, "Batman" and "Watch Me" on July 14, 2017 and "Falcon" on November 16. Syre was released on November 17, 2017 and debuted at number 24 on the US Billboard 200. "Icon" was released as a single on the same day and reached no. 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
Smith later announced that his next project following Syre would be titled Erys on December 14, 2017. Another project named Syre: The Electric Album was later teased via Twitter. Leading up to the release of the project, Smith released the single "Ghost" featuring Christian Rich. On July 8, 2018, Smith released the project exclusively on Instagram on his 20th birthday. The project was later released four days later to streaming platforms. Syre: The Electric Album is a guitar-centric rework of Smith's studio album Syre and is influenced by Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Less than a year later, on July 5, 2019, Smith released his second studio album, Erys, and debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200.
On July 30, 2018, Smith was announced as an opener during J. Cole's KOD Tour alongside Young Thug and EarthGang and on August 2, performed for the first time at Lollapalooza. One of Smith's influences, Kid Cudi, stated that he would like to make an album with Smith which Smith supported, saying that he would like to in the future during an interview on August 21, 2018.
Smith's influences include Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Kurt Cobain and Tycho. Speaking on his inspirations, Smith said "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." Smith also considers his father, Will Smith, as an inspiration saying "He started in music and transitioned to movies. I started with movies, and then I transitioned into making music – 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."
GQ labeled Smith as "in a league of his own" in terms of fashion and a "superstar who has taken fashion to an entirely different level". Smith has called Tyler the Creator, Batman and Poseidon his icons when it comes to fashion. Smith said that Tyler the Creator introduced him to the brand Supreme. Batman's dark, gothic scenery has influenced the clothing he has created through his brand MSFTSrep and his personal clothing style, even wearing Batman protective armor to Kanye West's and Kim Kardashian's wedding and his prom and Poseidon's willingness to wear womenswear and his freedom with clothing is inspirational.
Smith started his own clothing/lifestyle brand called MSFTSrep. The range includes hoodies, T-shirt, trousers and vests. In May 2013 Smith collaborated with a Korean designer, Choi Bum Suk, to create a pop-up store in which customers can buy clothes with their collaborated logos.
Smith raised controversy in 2016 after modelling in a womenswear campaign for Louis Vuitton wearing a skirt. Explaining his choice to wear a skirt, Smith said he was attempting to combat bullying, saying "In five years, when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won't get beat up and kids won't get mad at him." Smith continued to wear womenswear throughout the rest of 2016. Smith was the first male model to model women's wear for Louis Vuitton. Smith created a denim-line with fashion brand G-Star in 2018.
Smith is a partner in spring water company Just Water starting when he was just twelve years old. Just Water is attempting to create a water filtration system that's cheap and can be used in poorer areas and nations and wants to later help with water infrastructure and creating more environmentally friendly construction methods by producing its own drywall. On August 27, 2018, Just Water launched officially in the UK.
Smith's father, Will, revealed that his son sought an emancipation ruling, with the consent of his parents, as a 15th birthday present. Will revealed to the media that Smith's primary motivation is the establishment of his own residence and also explained that his children are not subject to strict parenting conduct: "We generally don't believe in punishment. From the time Jaden was five or six we would sit him down, and all he has to do is be able to explain why what he did was the right thing for his life." However, Smith and his father appeared together on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 15, 2013, and Smith said:
The thing that people don't get is everything at his house is free. So I can get anything and everything at his house, so I'm going to be there for 20, 30 more years. He [Will Smith] says that as soon as I have a movie that's bigger than one of his movies I can get my own house.
Smith is an avid "conspiracy theorist" and his statements often generate controversy. This includes theories about the Illuminati, tweets about Chemtrails and believing extraterrestrial life exists.
In 2013, Smith raised controversy when he criticized traditional education and advised people to drop out of school. Talking about teenagers who go to public school, Smith said "kids who go to normal school are so teenagery, so angsty."
- Vision Tour: A North American Journey (2018)
|2003–2006||All of Us||Reggie||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2008||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Travis||Episode: "Romancing the Phone"|
|2016–2017||The Get Down||Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling||Main role (11 episodes)|
|2017||Neo Yokio||Kaz Kaan||Voice; Main role|
- "Jaden Smith Biography". Biography. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
- "Jaden Smith's Art Collective MSFTSrep Partners With Roc Nation". XXL. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- "Neo Yokio is a bad, attempted homage to Jaden Smith's strange Twitter persona". Polygon. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- Sklar, Samuel Hine,Ben (September 22, 2017). "Exclusive: Jaden Smith Talks 'Neo Yokio' With Ezra Koenig". GQ. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Netflix's Neo Yokio has the makings of a brilliant anime, but fails the execution". The Verge. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- The Associated Press (June 29, 2009). "Today in History". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
- Goldstein, Sasha (November 11, 2013). "Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith get touchy in Las Vegas as cheating rumors swirl". Daily News (New York).
- "Willow Smith Biography". Biography. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
- Dockterman, Eliana. "Jaden Smith Recommends Dropping Out of School". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- Wang, Evelyn. "Jaden Smith Used to Wonder If He Was "a Normal Human"". W Magazine. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- Dazed (August 2, 2018). "The all-girl skate crew that adopted Jaden Smith". Dazed. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden and Willow Smith support Project Zambia". In Touch Weekly. October 7, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
- "Actors Jaden and Willow Smith Join Hasbro, Inc.'s Project Zambi as Youth Ambassadors". Project Zambi. October 7, 2009. Archived from the original on January 17, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
- "Jackie Chan praises kung fu of Will Smith's son". Associated Press. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
- Fox, Erin (November 11, 2008). "Jaden Smith to Take On Karate Kid Redo" Archived June 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. TV Guide.
- "Jaden Smith - Karate Kid 2". The Guardian. Retrieved on April 22, 2014.
- Eby, Margaret (April 16, 2014). "Jaden Smith - The Good Lord Bird". Daily News (New York).
- Kornhaber, Spencer. "'The Get Down' and the Show That Could've Been". The Atlantic. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith and Shameik Moore Get Philosophical About 'The Get Down'". Complex. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- Alexander, Julia (September 19, 2017). "Neo Yokio is a bad, attempted homage to Jaden Smith's strange Twitter persona". Polygon. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Why Jaden Smith quit acting but came back for all-girl skateboarding movie 'Skate Kitchen'". USA TODAY. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- Wiest, Brianna. "Jaden Smith is Going to Star in a SKATEBOARDING Movie". Teen Vogue. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- Wu, Sarah. "Will Smith Just Chopped Off ALL of Jaden's Hair". Teen Vogue. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- Dry, Jude (June 21, 2018). "'Skate Kitchen' Trailer: 'The Wolfpack' Director's Narrative Debut Stars Jaden Smith and a Badass Girl Skate Crew". IndieWire. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- Ivie, Devon. "Jaden Smith and This Skateboarding Girl Gang Will Positively Delight You". W Magazine. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Justin Bieber - Never Say Never ft. Jaden Smith ". YouTube. JustinBieberVEVO. May 27, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
- "Justin Bieber Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- "Justin Bieber's "One Time," "Never Say Never" Confirmed as 5X Platinum". Headline Planet. March 10, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- "Jaden Smith - The Cool Cafe". DatPiff.com. Retrieved on May 17, 2013.
- "Jaden Smith - Cool Tape Vol. 2". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- "Exclusive: Jaden Smith Drops "Icon" Video and Explains Why It Took 3 Years to Make 'SYRE'". Complex. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- "Jaden Smith's New Music Video Looks Like "Westworld" Season 2". Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- "Watch Jaden Smith Stumble Around A Ghost Town In New "Fallen" Video". The Fader. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- "Jaden Smith's New "Fallen" Video Made Me a Skeptic Turned Believer". DJBooth |. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith - Watch Me". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith's new music video 'Batman' is basically just Drake's 'Jumpman' but with him saying 'Batman'". The Independent. June 15, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Teams Up With Raury On New Song "Falcon"". XXL. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
- "Jaden Smith announces release date for SYRE". The Fader. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- "Jaden Smith Reveals Surprise 'SYRE' Project on Instagram". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- "Jaden Smith – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
- JadenSmithVEVO (November 17, 2017), Jaden Smith - Icon, retrieved February 15, 2018
- "Jaden Smith Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Fronts Gold Chains & Grills In "Icon" Video". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Announces New Album Less Than a Month After Releasing 'SYRE' Debut". DJBooth |. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "GHOST (feat. Christian Rich) – Single by Jaden Smith on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith releases Syre: The Electric Album on Instagram: Stream". Consequence of Sound. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
- Darville, Jordan (July 12, 2018). "Jaden Smith's SYRE (The Electric Album) is now available on streaming platforms". The Fader. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
- Vozick-Levinson, Simon (July 11, 2018). "Jaden Smith's Most Exciting Role Is Himself". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "J. Cole adds Jaden Smith and EarthGang to his KOD headlining tour". Consequence of Sound. July 30, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith". Lollapalooza. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Kid Cudi Wants to Do a Joint Project With Jaden Smith". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Kid Cudi and Jaden Smith might make an album together". The FADER. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Interview: What It Means to Become an Adult". Highsnobiety. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- "Jaden Smith Interview: What It Means to Become an Adult". Highsnobiety. February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- Gustashaw, Megan (August 30, 2018). "The Jaden Smith Guide to Extremely Now Fashion". GQ. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "JADEN SMITH WANTS YOU TO DRESS LIKE A SUPERHERO AND GREEK GOD". bckonline.com. August 31, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith's Three Style Icons: Tyler, The Creator, Batman & Poseidon". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Says He 'Never Cared About Supreme' Until Tyler, the Creator". Complex. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- Woolf, Jake (June 23, 2015). "Jaden Smith Tells Us Why He Wore a Batman Suit to KimYe's Wedding". GQ. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Is Sure to Love the Batman Clothes From Undercover". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Explains Why He Wants to Dress Like Batman and Poseidon". GQ Videos. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jay Park, Girls' Generation, and more attend Jaden Smith's 'MSFTSrep' and 'General Idea's pop-up store event". AllKPop.com. May 8, 2013.
- "Jaden Smith explains why he wears skirts". The Independent. July 7, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Wants More Men to Wear Skirts". Cosmopolitan. July 8, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- Berlinger, Max (March 9, 2016). "Jaden Smith Continues to Look Really Dope in Women's Clothes". GQ. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Will Smith's son is first male star to front women's campaign for Louis Vuitton". Metro. January 4, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "G-Star RAW Partners with Jaden Smith on a Sustainable Collection". Highsnobiety. September 2, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- Berman, Sam Schube,Julian (August 29, 2018). "Jaden Smith Wants You to Dress Like a Superhero". GQ. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith in His Own Words: Why I Started a Business to Help the Environment". InStyle.com. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
- "Jaden Smith Supports JUST Water in Cartons. - BuzzOnEarth". BuzzOnEarth. July 12, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith by Kid Cudi | V Man". vman.com. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Will Smith helps launch Just Water in the UK". beveragedaily.com. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- Cover Media (May 14, 2013). "Will Smith's son Jaden wants to be emancipated from parents". The Herald Sun. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- "Jaden Smith Jokes About 'Emancipation' Rumors; Says He's Living With His Folks For '20 to 30 More Years'". Radar. Radar Online, LLC. May 15, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
- "Jaden & Willow Smith Moved Out Of Their Parents House". Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Believes A Real Place Like Wakanda Secretly Exists". HuffPost UK. August 9, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Raps About The Illuminati, Harry Potter, And Baby Ghost Elvis Presley On New Album". MTV News. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith Just Proved The Illuminati Is Real And In His Backyard". MTV News. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "President Obama talks about aliens with Will Smith's son". EW.com. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
- "The 11 Weirdest Things Willow and Jaden Smith Told 'The NY Times'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- "Jaden Smith Broke Up With His Girlfriend For the Most Jaden Smith Reason". BET.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith - SYRE - Album Review". HipHopSharks. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Vegans Will.I.Am And Jaden Smith Invest In Plant-Based Impossible Burger". www.plantbasednews.org. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- "Jaden Smith Opens Free Vegan Food Truck on Skid Row in Los Angeles". VegNews.com. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- Diane Garrett (March 13, 2008). "Smith siblings to star in 'Amulet'". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
- "Jaden Smith's 'Skate Kitchen' Movie Coming to Theaters This Summer". Complex. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
- "Jaden Smith & Cara Delevingne Tapped As Leads In 'Life In A Year' From Overbrook Entertainment". Deadline. March 2, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.