While many rappers have advanced into commendable actors, few can boast something near the cinematic profession Will Smith. With twenty-seven movies beneath his identify, 9 albums (4 solo, 5 with DJ Jazzy Jeff), two Academy Award nominations, and 4 Grammy awards, Smith’s different repertoire cements him as a bonafide cultural icon. Though a starring activate NBC’s The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air introduced Will’s presence to the lots, his roots have been entrenched in hip-hop 5 years earlier than Uncle Phil got here into the image. Between the years 1985 and 1990, Smith and his accomplice DJ Jazzy Jeff dropped f three albums on Jive Records, a run that might put Smith on NBC’s radar to start with.
Though Smith had no scarcity hits and healthful jams beneath his belt, his activate Fresh Prince introduced the enduring “Yo Home To Bel Air” to the lots. Written by Quincy Jones, the track that many would come to easily dub “The Fresh Prince Theme Song” marked Will’s first foray into the bountiful world healthful cinematic bangers. Picking up the place breakout single “Girls Ain’t Nothin But Trouble” left f, Will expanded on the storytelling basis he laid down prior, this time delving deeper into character. Will’s transition from the playground to the lavish mansions Bel Air performed out just like the musical equal technique performing, bridging a multimedia hole to create an immersive, and borderline metafictional expertise. His accounts on Fresh Prince felt nearer to autobiography than fiction, a line blurred all of the extra provided that he was ostensibly taking part in himself. Needless to say, the track skyrocketed into reputation, finally dropping as a single in 1992.
After Fresh Prince concluded its six-season run, Will Smith was lined as much as star alongside Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black. In honor the upcoming sci-fi action-comedy, Smith as soon as once more opted for a confirmed formulation, and took his performing chops into the sales space. This time, Smith discovered himself rapping as Agent J, basically summarizing the enigmatic authorities company over a bouncy Trackmasters instrumental. For these preserving rating, “Men In Black” was one several tracks co-written by legendary lyricist Nas, who additionally helped pen “Miami” and “Gettin Jiggy Wit’ It.” Yet it was “Men In Black” that earned Smith a Grammy award in 1998, beating out a really stacked lineup competitors, together with Biggie’s “Hypnotize,” Busta Rhymes’ “Put Yo Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” and Missy Elliott’s “ The Rain.”
More importantly, nonetheless, “Men In Black” helped break down the true function the group in a concise and family-friendly style. “Alright verify it, let me let you know this in closing, I do know we would appear imposing,” raps Will, within the observe’s closing verse. “But belief me if we ever present in your part, imagine me, it is to your personal safety.” We’ve lengthy seen rappers-turned actors immerse themselves in character for a spell, together with Eminem’s supremely underrated “eight Mile Road.” Yet few have taken it to Will Smith ranges dedication, as just a few subsequent singles would quickly signify.
While “Men In Black” was arguably Smith’s most profitable movie-banger, “Wild Wild West” is arguably his crowning achievement. Though the t-maligned movie itself has turn out to be considerably a cult traditional, regardless of giving us the good line “let’s get some shut-ass,” the unusually steampunk-inspired western discovered Will exploring some attention-grabbing musical territory. This time round, Smith channeled cavalier hero Jim West behind the mic, losing little time in flexing his badass nature. Unlike “Men In Black,” which discovered Will Smith’s Jay working within the shadows, “Wild Wild West” was a showcase for Jim West’s infinite charisma.
Between seducing damsels in misery (who proceed to willingly disrobe in his presence), West spits bars geared toward his archnemesis Loveless, making historical past as the primary supervillain diss observe in a mainstream rap track. In reality, the observe’s ultimate verse finds Smith diving deeper into Jim West’s psyche, kicking up the Loveless associated anger with just a few pointed references. “Told me Loveless is a mad man, however I do not worry that” raps Smith/West, “he acquired mad weapons too? Ain’t attempting to listen to that!” An important on any nineties playlist value its salt, “Wild Wild West” additionally helped the ficial film soundtrack hit double platinum standing. Fun reality, it’s not the one single to characteristic the nefarious Loveless on the heart: Dr. Dre and Eminem’s collaboration “Bad Guys Always Die” additionally finds each events plotting on the arachnid-inspired villain’s demise.
While “Switch” was roughly launched in tandem with 2005 movie Hitch, Big Will broke from the formulation and didn’t embody his cinematic counterpart, Alex “Hitch” Hitchens. For that purpose, “Switch” feels extra like an honorable point out, although it didn’t truly seem within the movie or on the soundtrack. Sadly, Will Smith just about retired the apply rapping “in character” with Jim West’s final trip; maybe the crucial panning “Wild Wild West” was merely an excessive amount of for him to bear. In any case, followers have been robbed a triumphant “Ali” anthem, a melancholic “I Am Legend” horrorcore reduce, and even a “Suicide Squad” Deadshot banger. Perhaps Smith will revise the apply with the upcoming Aladdin. We’ve already heard a fraction “Friend Like Me” within the trailer, and who’s to say a Genie-centric verse received’t be included within the ultimate model?
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