Though he began his career as an international superstar in the hip-hop world, Will Smith hasn’t released any new music since 2005’s Lost and Found (and considering it’s difficult to remember exactly what was on that album, it feels like it has been even longer).
That’s if you believe producer La Mar “Mars” Edwards, who noted that he was in the studio with Smith during a phone interview with XXL. Edwards, whose credits include productions for T.I., Chris Brown, and the Game, said that he actually had Smith on the other line while he was talking to the hip-hop magazine. Does the Fresh Prince really wait on hold?
The producer didn’t have any more details about his work with Smith, though it’s entirely possible that he could just be creating yet another movie tie-in track for the 2012 release of Men in Black III (previous installments gave us the equally awesome tracks “Men in Black” and “Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head)”).
On the other hand, it wouldn’t be hard to believe that Smith would want to put out a fresh full-length, pile the whole family in a cartoonishly large traveling trailer, and launch his own Willapalooza, which would feature hits from Jaden, Willow, and Wicked Wisdom.
In all seriousness, Smith’s 1988 tag-team with longtime producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, is a seminal release for the genre, and the dude has made some excellent party jams in his time (including “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”). If he wants to come back to artform that started him, then by all means he has earned the right. And remember: He can always hire Jay Pharoah to fill in for him if he gets too deep into the music world.
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