October 2, 2015


Will Smith Jumps on Bomba Estéreo's "Fiesta" After 10-Year Rap Hiatus

Thank you 10 million times over, Bomba Estéreo, for reawakening the Fresh Prince. Over a remix of the Colombian trio's raucous, Carnival-ready "Fiesta," 47-year-old Will Smith comes out of retirement to deliver a verse and to shake up his family-friendly steez a bit with the word "shit."

Smith rolls in at the 1:04 minute mark with "Hola mamcita / Go get me a birra / This track is a heater / Couldn't let the beat go by without a feature." It's the first time he's rapped on wax since his 2005 album Lost and Found, which featured the singles "Switch" and "Party Starter."

He goes on to shout out Sofia Vergara and let everyone know he's a sensei, a professor and a slayer. It's all over in a shamefully quick 30 seconds, but it answers a question we've wondered so many times in the last decade: Will our "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" hero still sound good when he comes back?

Back in February, Smith said, "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." He doubled down on the comment a couple weeks after, saying Kanye "got me gassed up" and that he was "cautiously optimistic" about making another album.

Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe also threw up an Instagram post teasing more. The caption reads, "Coming this Monday, Will Smith's first interview about new music and the future."

Billboard has a little background on the "Fiesta" remix, as well:

"While labels and managers usually push these collaborations, in this case, it was all about musical tastes. A few months back, Smith was hanging out in Colombia when he heard 'Fiesta' blasting everywhere. He loved the electro tropical fusion but didn’t know who the track was by until he found it in his manager’s playlist weeks later and was told it belonged to a group called Bomba Estéreo."

Hopefully the Big Willie resurrection is going into high gear soon. Maybe with Willow and/or Jaden onboard.