Will Smith rapping on a song about himself is the kind of weekend energy we need.
Two months after releasing a tribute song about Smith, rapper Joyner Lucas released a remix of his song “Will” on Friday, which honours the “Aladdin” actor and features rap verses by Fresh Prince himself.
“Do you feel like me? I feel like a prince who became a king, found me a queen, raised a family and got me a team. [I’m] on top of my dreams,” Smith says in the remix. “Joyner, I know you are inspired by me as Nelson Mandela inspired me,” he says, and thanks others who have inspired him: the great basketball player Julius Erving and the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who died in 2016 at the age of 74 (and who Smith performed in “Ali” from 2001).
It’s been 15 years since Smith’s last album, “Lost and Found,” but he’s clearly not lost the musical prowess that earned him four Grammy Awards, including one in 1989 for his best rap performance.
“I love that you think I’m perfect, but I have a lot of mistakes and burdens.”
Smith was honored for the original tribute song and music video, in which Lucas appears in visual re-enactments of the actor’s biggest roles in “Men in Black,” when it was released in March. “I am honored and honored,” he said in an Instagram video at the time.
Responding to the lyrics of a song in which Lucas calls Smith an inspiration, Fresh Prince said: “From day one, my intention was to go into the world and put my positive energy and be able to use my creation to inspire and uplift and empower” .