Most people know Jada Pinkett Smith as the star of Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (man, how good is Demon Knight?). But in the early 2000s, Smith was also the vocalist for Wicked Wisdom, a nu-metal band with a gothic, Evanescence-ish vibe to them. These days, the band have been broken up for some time — until now, when Jada’s daughter Willow reunited Wicked Wisdom as a Mother’s Day gift to her mom.
Willow set up a performance of Wicked Wisdom’s single “Bleed All Over Me” as part of an episode of her family’s popular Facebook webseries Red Table Talks.
“When I was, I wanna say about 3 or 4, I went on tour with my mom and her band Wicked Wisdom,” explained Willow in the lead-up to her performance. “Wicked Wisdom was lit. This is the music that I grew up around. My mother was superwoman, she was a rock star, warrior and nurturer all in one. So unapologetically badass… I was my mom’s biggest fan.
“Every night, I wanted to ride on the security guard’s shoulders and watch her perform. She was a rock star, and I was living for Wicked Wisdom. I felt like it was only right for me to pay homage to a time in her life because she showed me what womaning up really is about.”
Like any metal mom, Jada was not only surprised and delighted by her daughter’s gift, she headbangs along to the performance. It’s a really touching moment that any metal parent will understand.
Check out the video below:
There you have it: now, as you give your mom a mug with ‘MAMA’ spelled on it in flowers or whatever, know that what she really wanted all along was for you to reunite her defunct metal band.
In the meantime, if you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can check out Wicked Wisdom’s video for the original “Bleed All Over Me” below:
Words by Chris Krovatin