While many rappers have developed into commendable actors, few can boast something near the cinematic profession of Will Smith. With twenty-seven movies below his title, 9 albums (4 solo, 5 with DJ Jazzy Jeff), two Academy Award nominations, and 4 Grammy awards, Smith’s assorted 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 plenty, his roots had been entrenched in hip-hop 5 years earlier than Uncle Phil got here into the image. Between the years of 1985 and 1990, Smith and his associate DJ Jazzy Jeff dropped off three albums on Jive Records, a run that will put Smith on NBC’s radar to start with.
Though Smith had no scarcity of hits and healthful jams below his belt, his activate Fresh Prince introduced the long-lasting “Yo Home To Bel Air” to the plenty. Written by Quincy Jones, the tune that many would come to easily dub “The Fresh Prince Theme Song” marked Will’s first foray into the bountiful world of healthful cinematic bangers. Picking up the place breakout single “Girls Ain’t Nothin But Trouble” left off, 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 of Bel Air performed out just like the musical equal of 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 on condition that he was ostensibly enjoying himself. Needless to say, the tune skyrocketed into reputation, ultimately 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 of the upcoming sci-fi action-comedy, Smith as soon as once more opted for a confirmed components, and took his performing chops into the sales space. This time, Smith discovered himself rapping as Agent J, primarily summarizing the enigmatic authorities company over a bouncy Trackmasters instrumental. For these holding rating, “Men In Black” was one in every of 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 of 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 objective of the group in a concise and family-friendly vogue. “Alright test it, let me inform you this in closing, I do know we'd appear imposing,” raps Will, within the monitor’s closing verse. “But belief me if we ever present in your part, consider me, it is on 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 of 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 oft-maligned movie itself has change into considerably of a cult traditional, regardless of giving us the sensible line “let’s get some shut-ass,” the surprisingly steampunk-inspired western discovered Will exploring some fascinating 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 limitless charisma.
Between seducing damsels in misery (who proceed to willingly disrobe in his presence), West spits bars aimed toward his archnemesis Loveless, making historical past as the primary supervillain diss monitor in a mainstream rap tune. In truth, the monitor’s closing 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 concern that” raps Smith/West, “he bought mad weapons too? Ain't making an attempt to listen to that!” An important on any nineties playlist price its salt, “Wild Wild West” additionally helped the official film soundtrack hit double platinum standing. Fun truth, 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 kind of launched in tandem with 2005 movie Hitch, Big Will broke from the components 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 observe of rapping “in character” with Jim West’s final trip; maybe the vital panning of “Wild Wild West” was merely an excessive amount of for him to bear. In any case, followers had been robbed of a triumphant “Ali” anthem, a melancholic “I Am Legend” horrorcore reduce, and even a “Suicide Squad” Deadshot banger. Perhaps Smith will revise the observe with the upcoming Aladdin. We’ve already heard a fraction of “Friend Like Me” within the trailer, and who’s to say a Genie-centric verse received’t be included within the closing model?
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