Last night I fell asleep with the nostalgic glow of Fresh Prince reruns illuminating my bedroom. When I woke up I was met again by Will Smith, only this time it was in the form of a new music video.
Yes, a new music video. As in his first new music video in a decade.
Making his triumphant return to music, The Fresh Prince replaces Jazzy Jeff with a Colombian quintet, Bomba Estereo, hopping on a remix of their hit “Fiesta.” As the title would suggest the colorful effort is driven by the drums but accentuated by the gliding string-section, making it the perfect dance/club/party tune. Matching the energy on the mic, Smith sticks his toe in the comeback water, providing only one verse, but delving in spades.
For some learners permit holders this may actually be the first introduction to the musical side of Will Smith, but for those a little bit older this is kind of a big deal. It’s been a long time since Smith has been known primarily as a musician, but music is how we were first enchanted by the Prince. Many, many blockbuster movies ago, Smith was a real, actual recording artist who sold more than a few albums (a.k.a he has four platinum plaques).
He may have been the butt of a few rap jokes more recently, that will happen when your last big single was "Gettin Jiggy," but it's hard to not get at least a little bit excited to hear him back in the studio again. As mentioned above, Smith only has one verse on the record, which feels more like a part of the whole than the whole part, but more importantly than this effort individually is that it marks the musical return of Smith, who has stated he has plenty of new music in the pipeline. Hopefully.
P.S. - Oh, he cusses too, sorry Eminem.