Will Smith Says “The Beast Is Back” & Rips A New Freestyle (Video)

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Will Smith took close to a decade away from music. In 2005, the co-founder of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince dropped his fourth solo album, Lost & Found. It included some contribution from Jeff and debuted at #6 on the charts. After mixed reviews on that project, Smith returned to a booming film career.

In the mid-2010s, Will Smith’s kids have been the music-makers in the family. Jaden and Willow Smith are Roc Nation artists who have garnered their own acclaim through works such as 2017’s SYRE. However, the two founders of MSFTSMusic come from a lineage of rapping in their blood. Will Smith is set on adding to a legendary career that spans well over 30 years behind the music. In recent years, he released “Get Lit,” in addition to an appearance on Bomba Estéreo’s “Fiesta (Remix).”

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In a new video, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native tells cameras “At my peak, I was doing a television show, a movie, and an album—every year. So I was churning out that kind of creativity. What happens is you get to a point where you get empty. So I’m excited. I’m re-energized, and I’m creating wildly like I used to. I’m ready. I got the beast back.”

In the studio, Smith looks at some of the rhymes he has penned in recent years. He apparently wrote something to Kanye West, JAY-Z, and Big Sean’s 2012 song, “Clique.” He charges into the booth, and spits: “It’s 20 years of swag y’all just witnessed / Let me remind everybody who Will Smith is / Rappers make it rain, let they money hit’cha / If I throw my money up, sh*t, I’ll prolly’ kill a stripper.” In his verse, he brags about his consistency and media empire. He describes leisurely flights overseas, hanging with President Barack Obama, and more. He also pushes back on the paps, while reverting to part of his “Brand New Funk” rhyme pattern: “Twenty years of swag y’all just witnessed / Stop the divorce rumors, and mind y’all damn business.

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The “Big Willie” attitude is in full effect as Smith says, “Y’all be doing features, I be doin’ features,” referring to major motion pictures. Earlier in the verse, he bigs up his on-screen inspirational quotes and versatility, claiming that he could even portray a white woman, and brags that he “makes directors.

In the last month, Jazzy Jeff released M3, and Will made a brief cameo (via FaceTime) in the “Skaters Paradise” music video.