Who else needs Will Smith to release new music? We can survive on the fumes of his hits for days and Fresh Prince knows this well, deciding to give everyone a taste of of his musical genius on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by giving up a hip-hop history of his entire career. Ladies and gentlemen, not only can the man still drop beats like Uncle Phil drops Jazzy Jeff out the front door, but, at 51, he still has more energy than we do! He’s a phenomenon, much like his career.
Surrounded by dry ice and decked out in dope hoodies, Will and Jimmy took the stage and began the ol’ wayback machine with Will’s big ’80s hit “Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble.” Talk about a Throwback Thursday! Shoutouts to the iconic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and even its feeder show Blossom were thrown into the beat, before they both did the Carlton dance and the audience collectively lost their minds.
Now, props to Jimmy Fallon for his brave attempt to keep pace with Will during the rap, but unfortunately, he came off sounding like he was kicked out of Beastie Boys in 1989 (which Will roasted him for later).
The duo kept it flowing into the ’90s with rhymes about Smith’s mega movie hits Six Degrees of Separation, Bad Boys, Independence Day, and Men in Black. More musical references like his hit song “Miami” got a shout-out before moving on to his big film successes of the 2000s like Hitch and Shark Tale, even referencing a couple flops like Wild Wild West. Their rap was no more than 3 minutes and they were spitting fire the entire time. Plus, you can’t go wrong with cute props, background dancers, costume changes and wild green-screen effects. It’s official: this track SLAPS.
Will’s career has always been inspiring—from his humble beginnings in Philadelphia and parlaying his charm and talent into a record deal, so let’s not forget all the barriers he broke, specifically that the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance was given to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince for “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” And as many may already know, loads of musicians have tried and spectacularly failed at trying their hands at acting. Mr. Smith on the other hand, went to Hollywood and is second to none. Action films, serious dramas, children’s movies, even his popular YouTube channel: he does it all and makes it look effortless. So thank you Will and Jimmy for this history lesson that none of our teachers will ever give. We salute you!
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