Will Smith Returns As An MC 10 Years Later & Picks Up Right Where He Left Off (Video)
A decade ago, Will Smith (a/k/a The Fresh Prince) put the mic down, as his acting career was skyrocketing to the top of Hollywood. The West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania left Heads with Lost and Found, and dipped—taking on some of the biggest roles of his near 30-year entertainment career. In 2015, the Grammy Award winner is making his way back to the mic, just as he has two children (Willow and Jaden Smith) who are trying to hold it.
Although Will is back in the lab with his onetime mentor-partner DJ Jazzy Jeff, the MC used a hit Dance remix to break the ice. Bomba Estéreo’s “Fiesta (Remix)” brought the Fresh Prince back to the Sony building, care of the Colombian band’s Electronic, party-infused sound. Will, who injected Latin flavor into the mainstream through his Big Willie Style run, fits in nicely. While this might not “rock the house” per se, it aims to rock the global dance-floor. And Will breaks his streak of not needing to curse on records right away, dropping an uncharacteristic S-bomb—for his music, anyway.
Is this a calculated comeback move for Will to join the ranks of LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Too Short, Erick Sermon, Dr. Dre and other 1980s MCs staying strong at their art?