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Will Smith

Beginning his career during the mid-'80s under the name the Fresh Prince, by the following decade rapper Will Smith was one of the biggest superstars of his time -- not only a pop music sensation, he also conquered television and eventually feature films, starring in a string of box-office megahits. Born September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, he was 16 when he met aspiring DJ Jeff Townes; joining forces as DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, the duo immediately became local favorites, but their continued existence was threatened when Smith graduated high school and was offered a scholarship to MIT. Ultimately, he chose to pursue a career in music, and in 1987 he and Townes issued their debut record, Rock the House, scoring a hit with the single "Girls Ain't Nothing but Trouble." Propelled by the smash "Parents Just Don't Understand," DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince broke into the mainstream a year later with He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper, one of the first hip-hop LPs to achieve double-platinum status. Clean-cut, witty, and easygoing, the duo's bubblegum approach was a stark contrast to the dominant, harder-edged rap sound of the period; viewed as a non-threatening alternative to their peers, they received the parental seal of approval, and their appeal spread across racial lines as well. And in This Corner... followed in 1989, and soon Hollywood began taking notice of Smith's success; in 1990, he was tapped to star in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a sitcom for NBC. An immediate hit, it made Smith a household name, and continued in production through 1996. Smith also continued his music career, and in 1991 DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince scored their biggest chart hit to date with the excellent "Summertime," from the album Homebase. The year following, he made his feature film debut in the drama Where the Day Takes You; in 1993, his supporting turn in Six Degrees of Separation was the subject of much critical acclaim. That same year, the final Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince record, the disappointing Code Red, was released. In 1995, Smith co-starred in the action film Bad Boys, a major box-office hit; it set the stage for his leading role in 1996's Independence Day, the summer's biggest smash. A year later, he starred in Men in Black, again the box-office champ of the summer season; recording for the first time under his given name, he also scored a smash with the movie's rap theme. Smith's debut solo LP, Big Willie Style, also appeared in 1997, notching the hits "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," "Just the Two of Us," and "Miami." Shortly on the heels of his first box-office disappointment, 1999's Wild Wild West, he returned with the album Willennium. It also fared poorly, compared to Smith's previous material, and occasioned the release of a (slightly) more artistic record, ^2002's Born to Reign. It also failed to live up to expectations, and Smith's next record, 2005's Lost and Found, was a sobering album. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Stations Featuring
Will Smith


    2 songs

    Patriotic Songs

    Patriotic Songs
    1 song

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    5 songs

    TV Tunes

    TV Tunes
    1 song

    '00s Hip-Hop

    2 songs

    Party Hits

    1 song

    Movie Tracks

    2 songs

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Will Smith

Top Songs by
Will Smith

  1.   Song
  2.   Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
  3.   Just the Two of Us
  4.   Men in Black
  5.   Summertime
  6.   Miami
  7.   Wild Wild West
  8.   The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  9.   Will 2K
  10.   Switch
  11.   Tell Me Why by Mary J. Blige
  12.   Momma Knows
  13.   A Nightmare on My Street
  14.   Candy
  15.   Parents Just Don't Understand
  16.   Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head) by TRA-Knox
  17.   Big Willie Style
  18.   It's All Good
  19.   Pump Ya Brakes by Snoop Dogg
  20.   Jaden's Interlude
  21.   Y'all Know
  22.   Party Starter
  23.   1,000 Kisses by TRA-Knox
  24.   Born to Reign
  25.   Pump Me Up by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
  26.   So Fresh
  27.   Miami Mix
  28.   Chasing Forever
  29.   Keith B-Real I
  30.   Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble
  31.   Nod Ya Head
  32.   I Gotta Go Home
  33.   Give Me Tonite
  34.   Act Like You Know
  35.   Freakin' It
  36.   Uuhhh
  37.   Potnas/Interlude
  38.   Don't Say Nothin'
  39.   Just Cruisin'
  40.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  41.   Wave Em Off
  42.   If U Can't Dance (Slide)
  43.   I Wish I Made That/Swagga
  44.   Lost & Found
  45.   Ms. Holy Roller
  46.   Mr. Niceguy
  47.   Maybe
  48.   Block Party
  49.   How da Beat Goes
  50.   I Can't Stop
  51.   Just the Two of Us
  52.   La Fiesta
  53.   Da Butta
  54.   Can You Feel Me
  55.   The 'Notic
  56.   Intro
  57.   Willow Is a Player
  58.   Yes Yes Y'all
  59.   Keith B-Real (Interlude)
  60.   Scary Story
  61.   Loretta
  62.   Could U Love Me
  63.   Here He Comes
  64.   Afro Angel
  65.   Who Am I
  66.   I'm Comin'
  67.   The Rain
  68.   Doin' It
  69.   No More
  70.   I Loved You

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