Will Smith dusts off the mic to bring back "Big Willie Energy."
Will Smith has done more than enough to establish "legend" status in the rap game, from winning Grammys to selling millions upon millions of albums, to delivering wholesome, family-friendly Movie Bangers with strangely universal appeal. Yet his bar-spitting days have long been left in the past, a relic of a bygone era; these days, Smith is more likely to lead a cinematic franchise or engage in a death-defying stunt on Instagram Live. Yet somehow, Logic brought Big Will out of retirement for his new album Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, on the track "Don't Be Afraid To Be Different."
Taking to a vintage, Fresh-Prince-esque instrumental, Will sets it off with an old-school verse. Immediately rope-a-doping fans into thinking their about to hear a revised take on his iconic theme-song, Will actually comes close to dropping a F-bomb for the first time in his recorded musical career. "Came in the game on my neon fresh, won the first rap Grammy so I guess I'm blessed," he boasts, keeping a decidedly vintage flow and cadence throughout. Yet don't get it twisted, his tech game remains on point. "Everybody followin' the trends I set, 60 million sold, doin' it different, and my IG poppin' from doing it different," he raps, establishing himself as a digital age pioneer.
While it might feel like the idea of a Smith verse in 2019 eclipses the verse itself, it's never a bad thing to hear Big Willie dust off the mic and remind newcomers how he got his start. If you don't know, now you know. Did Will's contribution make for a Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind highlight?