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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

    Movie Tracks

    2 songs

    Party Hits

    1 song

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

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