Will Smith making a new album? A producer says yes

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Though he began his career as an international superstar in the hip-hop world, Will Smith hasn’t released any new music since 2005’s Lost and Found (and considering it’s difficult to remember exactly what was on that album, it feels like it has been even longer).

Admittedly, he’s been pretty busy starring in gigantic blockbusters and shepherding the careers of his offspring, but it appears as though the Fresh Prince might be making a return to the microphone.

That’s if you believe producer La Mar “Mars” Edwards, who noted that he was in the studio with Smith during a phone interview with XXL. Edwards, whose credits include productions for T.I., Chris Brown, and the Game, said that he actually had Smith on the other line while he was talking to the hip-hop magazine. Does the Fresh Prince really wait on hold?

The producer didn’t have any more details about his work with Smith, though it’s entirely possible that he could just be creating yet another movie tie-in track for the 2012 release of Men in Black III (previous installments gave us the equally awesome tracks “Men in Black” and “Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head)”).

On the other hand, it wouldn’t be hard to believe that Smith would want to put out a fresh full-length, pile the whole family in a cartoonishly large traveling trailer, and launch his own Willapalooza, which would feature hits from Jaden, Willow, and Wicked Wisdom.

In all seriousness, Smith’s 1988 tag-team with longtime producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, is a seminal release for the genre, and the dude has made some excellent party jams in his time (including “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”). If he wants to come back to artform that started him, then by all means he has earned the right. And remember: He can always hire Jay Pharoah to fill in for him if he gets too deep into the music world.

Do you prefer Will Smith as a rapper or as a movie star? Take your sides in the comments!

Read more on EW.com:
Will Smith’s Road to Superstardom
Willow Smith creates new civilization in ’21 Century Girl’ video: Watch here
Will Smith and Jaden are back in business. Are they already the greatest father-son pairing?


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  • C-Dub

    It will be refreshing to hear from the Fresh Prince. 2005!?!?!? Long over due!!! Give us a summer jam to rock to next year!

  • Bill

    Better him than his kids.

  • Aubrey Titmuss

    I can’t wait to hear Will Smith’s Men In Black single this time! I love singing ‘Men In Black’ and ‘Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head)’ on karaoke night!

    Here come the Men in Black (Men in Blaaaaack)
    Galaxy defenders (oahhaooohh ohhhhh)
    Here come the Men in Black (Men in Blaaaaack)
    They won’t let you remember

    Nod ya head {The black suits comin’}
    Let me see you nod ya head like this {The black suits comin’}
    Let me see you (Nod ya head) like this {The black suits comin’}
    Let me see you bop ya head, nod ya head, come on

    (Nod ya head) {The black suits comin’}
    Let me see you (Nod ya head) like this {The black suits comin’}
    Let me see you nod ya head like this {The black suits comin’}
    (Nod ya head…head…head…)

  • crispy

    1988 is quite possibly the greatest year in hip-hop. He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper doesn’t even make the top 10 that year.

    • Jillian

      Isn’t his family making enough money? lol He really is a talented actor. Enjoyed his work for a long time. That movie he did with his son was great. The one where he went from being homeless to being rich really showed what a great actor Will is! Looking forward to his music again too!

      • erin

        Because making money is the only reason people create music????

    • @crispy

      In your opinion it doesn’t make the Top 10, but it it a viable candidate to make the Top 10. In my opion alot closer to the 10 spot than the 1, but still a very very good album. Slick Rick’s 1988 album is the best of that year. NWA, Biz, EPMD, Public Enemy…will definitely agree that could be the best year of rap albums ever.

    • tim

      I’ve been waiting for some decent music for a very long time too.

    • PN

      I loved that album from 1988! Very creatively done songs and Jazzy Jeff had those jazz sounding grooves and samples to match with the hip hop beats on the album! I liked that just as much. People still talk about that album and the other artists another commented that made for a great year in rap in 1988.

  • Cris

    Will Smith doesn’t have to cuss in his raps to sell records …

    • Jillian

      You’re exactly right Cris! I can let my son listen to it!

    • Marshall

      Well I do so f him and f u too, new fresh prince woul be dope though

  • The Chi Lites

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    If it is given in the United States it should be use for the needy in the United States!!!

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    There will be no Apology from me are anyone who speak the truth out!!!!
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    like Sammy Davis Jr., Creadel Jones from the Legendary Chi Lites, Jackie Wilson, Muddy Waters, and Florence Ballard from the Supremes ,
    I wonder but do I really really need to are anyone else if the shoe was on Oprah Winfey’s foot would Oprah Winfery are her greedy staff still think the same way If they needed help from legacy exploitation and abuse that cause Oprah Winfery and staff to be poor are homeless would Oprah’s selfish Idea still be thought and used by her and her staff. Oprah I Got Mine You Get Yours I know with those Ideas you must be really help those poor in Africa Yeah Right!!!!!!
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    Oprah and staff keep the bad non work and I got mine you give me your so I can have more Angle Network up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s not about responsibility but duty when it comes to abuse to anyone it is the duty of all that includes, even yes yours truly Oprah Winfery.

    It’s not an unaware issue about the deaths of so many legendary black entertainers in the words of an ignorant idea I got mine get yours.

    I got a little news for you someone helped even yes even Oprah Winfery anyone who forgets who help them and were they came from needs to quickly remember they could be back were they came from.

    And if she forgets she will be back their like you are anyone else you don’t forget. Their never be a apology from any one asking for Oprah Winfery’s help PS

    P S Oprah and you and her staff should remember that if you’re not going help don’t pretend are play like it on TV to get ratings.

    Don’t ask million of people to give Oprah Winfery any money if she does not want to use it to help those who are in need and asses.

    Tens of millions are give to Oprah every year to Angel Network why take the money if Oprah Not going to use it in the USA where it is given.
    If it is given in the United States it should be use for the needy in the United States!!!

    Oprah Don’t takes the money if you’re not going to help Son Darren of the Chi Lites and the legendary black entertainers in your own field that are homeless because of abuse and Corruption and racism.

    Just give back if you’re not going to use it to help poor families in the USA and inner City Children at risk that the low life that wrote their uncovering statements obviously doesn’t care a lick about right.

    If you can spend 40 million on a vacation for your spoiled staff I think you can find time to help!!!!!

    There will be no Apology from me are anyone who speak the truth out!!!!

    Tell that to the dead legendary black entertainers who died in poverty and legacy abuse
    like Sammy Davis Jr., Creadel Jones from the Legendary Chi Lites, Jackie Wilson, Muddy Waters, and Florence Ballard from the Supremes ,

    I wonder but do I really really need to are anyone else if the shoe was on Oprah Winfey’s foot would Oprah Winfery are her greedy staff still think the same way If they needed help from legacy exploitation and abuse that cause Oprah Winfery and staff to be poor are homeless would Oprah’s selfish Idea still be thought and used by her and her staff. Oprah I Got Mine You Get Yours I know with those Ideas you must be really help those poor in Africa Yeah Right!!!!!!

    What a taxes scam HON Oprah Winfery for a person that gets over 260,000,000 dollars a year you had to come up with something hum? Can’t wait until January taxes roll around you and your staff can pretend Africa is your interest hoping that the IRS along are believes that lye for how long hum THAT”S THE REAL QUESTION HUM?

    Help Africans yea right you can’t even help legendary black icons who have been forced in poverty from corruption and abuse to black legendary icons.

    Oprah and staff keep the bad non work and I got mine you give me your so I can have more Angle Network up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Creadel Jones And Singer Again Parent Mother Deborah Jones Died From The Poverty Brought On From Corruption To Darren And Family Causing Legendary Creadel Jones Wife To Die As Well From Abuse And Exploitation, Son Darren Went To Harp Studios After The Recent Death Of His Mother Wife Of Creadel Jones In order To Tell The Story Of The Mistreatment Abuse Of His Father Chi Lites Singer Creadel Jones Wife Deborah Jones His Mother Preventing Him From Almost Being Take Care Of The Death From His father’s Wife Deborah Jones Darren’s mother.

    After Talking To Oprah Staff Producers That Told Darren That They And As Well As Oprah Staff Were Uninterested About The Abuse Are Corruption And Exploitation of Creadel Jones That Caused His Homeless Condition. Even Death Did Not Interest Oprah Are Producer Staff. Son Darren Of Creadel Singer From The Chi Lites Then Protested The Abuse Corruption To His Mother Deborah Jones And Father Creadel Jones From The Chi Lites.

    Oprah Winfery Refused To Help are To Respond To Wife Deborah Jones Of Creadel Jones From The Chi Lites After Her Request To End Exploitation To Her Husband The Legendary Creadel Jones From The Chi Lites. Despite Creadel Jone’s Wife Deborah Jones Trip After The Death Of Her Legendary Husband Creadel Jones From The Chi Lites Death Arriving To Exploitation And Abuse From Mistreatment From The Abuse Of He And His Son Darren And Wife Deborah From Brunswick Records And Entertainment Companies
    In which Hide Revenues From Over Thirty Years From Their And Son Darren Causing Creadel Jones And Wife Deborah Jones To Die In Poverty, Be Not Able To Afford Attorneys To Stop The Exploitation And Abuse And Mistreatment And Forced Corruption To He And His Family Son Darren. Oprah Use Mistreatment To Even Son Darren When He Decided After His Mother Wife The Legendary Co Founder

    Creadel Jones And Singer Again Parent Mother Deborah Jones Died From The Poverty Brought On From Corruption To Darren And Family Causing Legendary Creadel Jones Wife To Die As Well From Abuse And Exploitation, Son Darren Went To Harp Studios After The Recent Death Of His Mother Wife Of Creadel Jones In order To Tell The Story Of The Mistreatment Abuse Of His Father Chi Lites Singer Creadel Jones Wife Deborah Jones His Mother Preventing Him From Almost Being Take Care Of The Death From His father’s Wife Deborah Jones Darren’s mother.

    After Talking To Oprah Staff Producers That Told Darren That They And As Well As Oprah Staff Were Uninterested About The Abuse Are Corruption And Exploitation of Creadel Jones That Caused His Homeless Condition. Even Death Did Not Interest Oprah Are Producer Staff. Son Darren Of Creadel Singer From The Chi Lites Then Protested The Abuse Corruption To His Mother Deborah Jones And Father Creadel Jones From The Chi Lites.

    • ^

      Thanks for nothing.

    • Clete

      The Chi Lites, your post needs to be a little shorter. It took me more time to read your post than it did to read
      “War and Peace”.

      • Cher’s former daughter

        You read that? Well there’s an hour of your life you won’t get back! lol

      • patrick

        Wow! You actually read it? Haha

    • blah

      * also i did not aprove of this p.s.

  • Ile

    I love will smith. Him and oprah are my two favorite celebs. So dignified and smart. Great role models.

  • erin

    Lest we forget, his record was the first-ever grammy award for rap music. Hope he comes fresh.

    • amy

      GO AWAY ERIN!!!

  • PN

    Switch was on that 2005 album. It was a top ten hit. And he had a song out there that slammed the critics that said that his music’s too pop or that he’s a sellout. He even mentioned his West Philadelphia upbringing and his rise to a rap artist to TV to movies and so forth. It told me a lot more about him as a person. Even though that 2005 album didn’t perform as well as his others, I thought it was good. But I’m excited about his upcoming album. I know he’s been doing movies, but I’m looking forward to his next album and if he has those catchy hooks like on his others.

    • Gahr Bear

      Lost and Found was a very good album. He spoke a lot about him as a person and had a great 80’s feel storytelling. Plus he cursed on a couple songs.

  • PN

    If he does make another album, I’m sure he’s going to put Willow and Jaden on some of the songs to make them get their shine as well! I’m looking forward to hearing it!

  • NonEntity

    If Will Smith does make another album, I’d like him to rap about his close personal relationship with the Church Of $cientology. He teaches their creed at his child brainwashing facility in California.

    • Jason

      NonEntity go away.

    • Clayton Jones

      Please disregard that garbage!

  • Will Smith Fan

    I love will smith as a rapper and actor. I still listen to his cd lost and found I love it. Will Smith keep it up

  • Clayton Jones

    Please represent, buy the CD when Will drops it! Whenever one of my old school artist make something new, I’m with it. Rap doesn’t sound as good as it once did. So message to people like Salt N Pepa, Run DMC, Queen Latifah: If you record it, we will listen. Get this thing done Mr Smith so I can rock it in my car next year!!!

  • Joseph Phoenix

    Born To Reign is the Best Album on Will Smith!!!
    Will, Can you return soon??
    Doing a featuring with Jay Kay? Why no?

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