The Return of Will Smith, The Rapper
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … before Men In Black … before Bad Boys … before The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air … Will Smith was best known as a rapper. And all signs are pointing to him going back to his roots.
For those that may not remember, Will Smith started his career off rapping. Hits like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime” cemented his place in rap’s history (despite the fall off the wagon known as “Gettin Jiggy Wit It”). But on a new song, Smith has resurrected his sound and proven that the true greats never lose it.
On the remix to popular Colombian band Bomba Estéreo’s “Fiesta”, Will Smith drops some bars, even throwing in a bit of Spanglish. Smith was never known for hard-hitting lyrics, so a track as playful as this feels like the perfect fit. Sonically, this is completely different from what I would have expected from him, but it all works. It’s like if Pitbull we’re vaguely entertaining or tolerable.
And this seems to be just the first step in a reinvention plan that leans heavily on Will Smith’s early career successes. Outside of this return to recorded music, Will Smith is all but certain that a Bad Boys 3 is on the way and he will be going on tour with Jazzy Jeff in 2016. For a celebrated actor whose career has been bumpy as of late, this seems like the perfect means to strike up the nostalgia and reignite his fanbase.
The song “Fiesta” is available to stream below. And I can’t deny it has me reminiscing on the Will Smith that once was.
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