Will Smith’s New Music Debut: A Victory Lap in His Career?

Will Smith

Will Smith’s debut of a new song at the 2024 BET Awards on June 30 is likely a sign of a “Victory Lap” in his career. Smith is an international icon known for his acting in shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and films like “Men in Black.” His music career, which began with DJ Jazzy Jeff in the 1980s, predates his acting. After a break from music following the “Men in Black” song, Smith surprised fans by joining Colombian singer J Balvin on stage in April 2024. Despite the controversial incident at the 2022 Oscars, where he slapped Chris Rock on stage, Smith continues to grow his career in music and film.

Smith debuted his brand new song and performed his first solo musical performance in over five years. This highlights his evolution from a rapper to a global icon. Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, expressed her excitement. Smith’s success with his latest film, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” which has crossed $147 million in the U.S. and Canada since its release on June 7, further supports his comeback.

In Hollywood, the massive success of the movie has been a big deal, especially among Black audiences who have supported the franchise for almost 30 years. Smith commented on the importance of his performance at a Black awards show, especially after facing intense scrutiny over the past two years in mainstream (predominantly white) media. Despite this, Black audiences have continued to support him.

Who is Will Smith?

Willard Carroll Smith Jr. was born in Philadelphia on September 25, 1968. Smith is an actor and musician. He co-owns a production company called Treyball Development Inc.

How Did Smith’s Career Start as a Rapper?

Smith started rapping at the age of 12, inspired by artists like Grandmaster Flash. As a teenager, he began his music career with Jeffrey Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff). Smith avoided the gangsta rap sound popular at the time, opting instead for clean, curse-free lyrics that appealed to a mainstream audience.

Awards and Achievements

Academy Awards

  • 2022: Best Actor in a Leading Role for “King Richard”

MTV Movie & TV Awards

  • 1997: Best Kiss for “Independence Day”
  • 1998: Best Fight for “Men in Black”
  • 2008, 2002: Best Male Performance for “I Am Legend” and “Ali”

BAFTA Awards

  • 2022: Best Actor in a Leading Role for “King Richard”

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2022: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for “King Richard”

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2007: Choice Movie: Chemistry for “The Pursuit of Happyness”
  • 2007: Choice Movie Actor: Drama for “The Pursuit of Happyness”
  • 2005: Choice Movie Actor: Comedy for “Hitch”

Smith’s continued success in music and film, despite past controversies, showcases his resilience and enduring appeal as an entertainer.

When did Will Smith’s first song come out?

Will Smith’s first song “Just The Two Of Us (feat. Brian McKnight)” released on September 22, 1988.

Did Will Smith have a platinum album?

The album in question, Millennium, reached number five on the Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by the RIAA.

Who did Will Smith rap with?

Will did rap with DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince an American hip-hop duo from West Philadelphia.

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