Before Will Smith became a famous actor, he was a rapper. He was one half of the duo known as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
There are some people who will argue that rap isn’t music. Well, the lyrics themselves aren’t but what do you call the accompanying instrumentals?
There is very little rap music (or hip hop music) I can stand. Most rappers use way too many expletives. Will Smith doesn’t use any expletives at all. The fact that he has hits under his belt proves they aren’t needed.
Will Smith was the lead actor in the series called “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air“, which ran from 1990 to 1996 on broadcast television.
The “DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince” duo broke up in 1993, while the series was running. DJ Jazzy Jeff remained with the series as an infrequent supporting actor.
While Will acted in a couple of films while the series was running, he didn’t become the star he is today until “Independence Day“.
I honestly didn’t listen to a single rap song from Will Smith until he starred in the first “Men in Black” film. That is, other than the theme song from the series. It was used in the closing credits of the movie.
Pitbull did the honor in the third MIB film and I’m sure I’ll feature him in an another article eventually.
Both of these songs were from Will Smith’s first solo album in 1998. I don’t listen to them often, but I do listen to them on occasion:
Most of Will Smith’s music is considered “hip hop”, not “rap” (if not all of it). This song from the “Wild Wild West” film is definitely hip hop.
I prefer Will Smith as an actor over rapper. The rap and hip hop music genres make up only a tiny part of my overall music collection.
By: RT Cunningham
June 3, 2017
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