February 24, 2015


Will Smith Is 'Cautiously Optimistic' Getting Back into the Rap Game

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Update (2/24): Continuing on his press tour for the new movie FocusWill Smith gave Ryan Seacrest some more details of his maybe-possibly-we'll-see hip hop plans, explaining a little more of his shadowy time with Kanye West in 2013. “I spent a week or so with ‘Ye and we went into the studio a couple of times and he’s trying to get me gassed up. As a person, I’m very different, trying to say the things that I want to say.” What are the things, Will! We want to know! Please? More music? Yes? “I can’t say for certain. I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah I’m gonna do it!’ and then get in there and suck. I’m going to stay cautiously optimistic.” Okay. So will we.

Original Story (2/13): It's been 10 years since Will Smith released his last solo album, Lost and Found. Since then he's stuck with acting and parenting, although he's popped up every so often for a musical bit on late night television. (The latest? An "It Takes Two" duet with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.)

Now, with his new film Focus on the way, Smith tells the Associated Press he's never stopped making music. "Over the years I've always recorded. Yeah, tons of songs. But ... it's nothing I like. Recording will be a part of my life forever whether or not I feel that something is of the quality for public consumption."

Can we hear any more of Big Willie's raps though? "I did a fun thing with Jimmy Fallon the other night messing with music, so you know, I got the bug," Smith said. "I might see if I got one more in me."

Smith's talked about "the bug" before. After being spotted spending time with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Brazil in 2013, Smith said Yeezy had been "pushing" him while hanging out in the studio. "I might get the bug. I'm not gonna do it unless I'm truly inspired," Smith said during press for After Earth. So..."I got the bug" is definitely more promising than "I might get the bug," right?!

In a new Esquire interview, Smith also spoke fondly of his early days as a musician. "My first record came out when I was seventeen," he said, referencing DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's 1987 debut, Rock the House. "I had a ball. Thirty days before I graduated from high school, my record came out. I had a month of having a record on the radio and being a high school student. It doesn't get too much better than that."