He's still got it! Will Smith releases his first song in 10 years
Will Smith, immortalized Fresh Prince and king of cheeky-charming rap verses, returned to music for the first time in a decade today.
Smith teamed up with Latin Grammy nominated “electro tropical” group, Bomba Estéreo, for a remix of their song, aptly named, “Fiesta.”
So, how the heck did this unexpected collaboration come to fruition? During a trip to Colombia, Smith heard the group, loved their sound, and approached them for a remix. How could Bomba Estéreo possibly resist? It’s Will Smith!
“When I was told that Will Smith wanted to collaborate on a remix with Bomba, I couldn’t believe it,” Bomba Estéreo’s founder Simón Mejia said in a statement. “This opportunity to work with Will was beyond anything we have dreamed of. It’s not a traditional featuring – it’s just magic. We all had a blast together at the video shoot, and we want to thank Will for being so warm and such a pleasure to work with . . . and for rapping in Spanish!”
Judging by some of the lyrics (“No gasoline, I’m a Tesla / Teach game, sensei, professor”), Will Smith has definitely kept his sense of humor intact. He even refers to himself as “the fresh one,” which we hope is a reference to Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Although Smith has remained largely detached from the music industry since 2005’s Lost and Found, he is clearly entertaining the idea of getting back in the studio. “I went into the studio with Kanye. I’m thinking about it. I’m exploring,” Smith said while promoting his film Focus in February. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but I’m exploring. I’m in a creative ceiling. My son tells me I have to write out the things I don’t like. I can’t write and stop – I have to keep going and going and write them out. I’ve never worked like that before, but I think I might give that a shot.”
While we stake out for that Kanye/Will Smith collab, we ought to give “Fiesta” a spin.
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