Will Smith/Fresh Prince: C/D?

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Most people rate DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince pretty highly, but they usually credit it all to Jeff. I think he was one of the great DJs, but the Prince was a great rapper too. I recommend listening to the album He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper, especially the title track. Starring in a sitcom and then becoming a movie star isn't the way to street credibility, but I think there are still moments on his lightweight pop-rap records that show how strong a flow he has. And this is prompted by hearing the new Men In Black-linked single, which I think is terrific.

So does anyone agree? Or is he a movie star who's lost what little talent he had?

Martin Skidmore, Friday, 21 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Will smith is great! Most of his singles are pop classics.

jel --, Friday, 21 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Will Smith puts lie to the idea that people in the pop arena are untalented. For "Miami" alone, he's classic, but when you throw in the DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince stuff, he's almost untouchable.

Dan Perry, Friday, 21 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Classic, if just because he pisses so many of his so-called peers off, mainly by actually being more talented than them. Especially search "Men In Black" and "Will2K"

Dom Passantino, Friday, 21 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Also search DJ Jazzy Jeff's turntable skills, which are up in the ether with the immortals.

John Darnielle, Friday, 21 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't care what anybody says, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It" was one of the singles of the summer a few years back.

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 21 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

BOOM SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE THE ROOM... TICK TICK TICK BOOM!

Keith McD, Friday, 21 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I do not enjoy the production on his post-comeback material. I wish he would just give in and do some tracks with the Neptunes like everybody else.

Keiko, Friday, 21 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"Summertime" is beyond classic.

J Blount, Saturday, 22 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i will shrug off my reactionary opinions about his later stuff. i'm sure there's some good there... yes, summertime was pretty good.

he's the dj... was not so grate. unfortunately i'd say that the best album was Rock the House.

Ron, Saturday, 22 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Just went to an excellent wedding in Westchester where "Miami," "MIB" and of course the all-conquering "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" were all played...twice! Utterly classic and pure virtuoso pop. I mean, just consider Men In Black:

Movie exec (cluelessly): "Mr Smith, we'd love to have you do a little tie-in number since you're also known as a rap singer"

Fresh Prince: "How's This? cuz we're the first, last and only line of defense against the worst scumoftheuniverse!"

Movie exec: "Can you work in the noisy cricket?"

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 22 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 22 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

That 'Nod Your Head' song is pretty terrible. Sounds like them Limp Bizkit bastards.

bnw, Saturday, 22 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Everyone knows I'm normally giving mad props to Will Smith. HOWEVER I just heard this aforementioned Men in Black II song and it makes me want to kill people. What the hell?

Ally, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"Parents Just Don't Understand"! Classic!

electric sound of jim, Sunday, 23 June 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

eight years pass...

sean prince was tweeting about how Masta Ace ghostwrote "Summertime"! crazy but it makes sense, i could totally hear that song as done by ace in my head

i'm a fucking walking pair of Docs (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 13 May 2011 17:41 (ten years ago) link

word?

al b. surly! (The Reverend), Saturday, 14 May 2011 05:00 (ten years ago) link

eight months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4NCnH7RPZY

markers, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:52 (ten years ago) link

LISTEN

markers, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:53 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

this is a couple weeks old & corny as fuck & but it's cute, for lack of a better word & I'm pretty sure "cute" is exactly what I mean

http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/05/20/will-smith-fresh-prince-rap/

decrepit but free (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 13:20 (nine years ago) link

isn't willenium cute

shipl.de.al (some dude), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 13:35 (nine years ago) link

six years pass...

apologies if this has already been posted elsewhere..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E60pxpYVNCc

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:54 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Did not expect the dark/realistic/dramatic reboot:

Here's the first full length trailer for Bel-Air. The one hour drama reimagining of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-air from genius creator/director @cooperfilms. Premieres Super Bowl Sunday on @peacockTV #BelAir pic.twitter.com/guvJyaqCPg

— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 10, 2022

... (Eazy), Monday, 10 January 2022 16:27 (one week ago) link

Yeah, feels like a 30 Rock sketch.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 10 January 2022 16:39 (one week ago) link

This is one of the stupidest trends in Hollywood of the past five years. Let's reboot Archie Comics/Nancy Drew/Fresh Prince/etc...but make it melodramatically serious and gritty!

birdistheword, Monday, 10 January 2022 17:19 (one week ago) link

In the pilot, Jazz comes by looking for Hillary, and as usual, is thrown out by Uncle Phil, landing on his spine, permanently paralyzing him.

Jazz has no insurance and Phil refuses to pay his hospital bills, knowing he can't afford to sue.

Will suddenly has to decide if being part of the 1% is worth his soul.

Carlton likes The Weeknd


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