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

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