Back in the day, Will Smith was just as, if not more, popular for his rapping than his acting. His debut solo album, Big Willie Style, produced at least two fire tracks that are still played to this day — Gettin' Jiggy wit It and Miami. He followed that up to increasingly diminishing returns on Willenium, Born to Raise, and Lost and Found, but the novelty of him as a rapper never faded. Now, ten years after Lost and Found, Smith has appeared on a remix of Bomba Estéreo's Fiesta, so we can all declare his return to rap.
A clue to this moment, which was surely anticipated heavily by whatever hardcore Will Smith rap fans out there exist, came when Smith congratulated Bomba Estéreo in a Facebook post for their Latin Grammy nominations. Now that he's back on the scene spitting classic Will lines like "Hola mamacita, go get me a beer-a!" those fans can bask in the glory like long-suffering desert wanderers finally stumbling upon an oasis. Drink it in, people.
It's unclear if this signals more music to come from Smith. Up next in the film world for him is a starring role in Concussion, which follows the true story of Bennet Omalu, a Pittsburgh forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players' brains and faced stiff resistance from the NFL in bringing about awareness to the disease.
As for exclusively rap-Will-Smith fans, they'll have to stick to Fiesta on repeat for now.
Check out the song below:
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