Is the Fresh Prince back? Well, it appears he's trying...
In a true nod to our longing for 90's lore, it was confirmed this week that Will "The Fresh Prince" Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff will be hitting the road in the coming months for a nationwide run.
The question is, does anyone really care?
It's been just over a decade since we last turned to Smith for hip-hop goods. In the intervening years, the rapper-turned-actor has fought aliens on several occasions, saved the world a few times and wasted a few hours of our lives (never see Seven Pounds). Oh yeah, and he also helped give life to two of the most talked-about young stars in entertainment today in offspring Jaden and Willow. Save for some extreme nostalgia, though, the world has mostly moved on from the Fresh Prince.
The Philly native made the announcement during an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, explaining that the tour was a full-circle opportunity for he and Jazz.
So, we released our first record in 1986,” Will Smith said. “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble was our first record, but by 1990 I was already on The Fresh Prince. So, in that time, we just we were getting started and I never actually had a chance to go on tour, so I really want to get out there and do it for real.”
Basically, Will and Jazz want to reclaim lost moments from their younger years. Got it. The thing is, who is coming out to see a Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff show in the 21st century?
Growing up I always looked up to Smith. I think Willenium might have been an early Christmas gift from my parents at 8 or 9. Smith played the good guy, stood up for the righteous and rapped about stuff that didn't get me a heady glance from my mother when I pressed play on the boombox. For a kid coming of age in the late 90s/early 2000s, Will was pretty much it. Between his music, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and a healthy lineup of movie roles in his back pocket he was literally everywhere.
At this point, those that know Smith as a rapper are at least 25 and up. Thanks to his movie roles, which have often leaned in a child-friendly direction, Smith has been a big part of the lives of many adolescents, but he is nowhere to be found in their music libraries. Kids today see Smith as the father of two acts that do populate their music libraries, not an easy hurdle to clear.
Smith recently made a foray back into music with a feature on Bomba Estereo‘s “Fiesta (Remix)" and he has plans to perform the song live at the upcoming Latin GRAMMY Awards. In addition, there have been rumblings for months of a new album.
It may not be probable, but Smith may just be proving that a Fresh Prince revival is possible.