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Beginning his career during the mid-'80s under the name the Fresh Prince, by the following decade rapper Will Smith was one of the biggest superstars of his time -- not only a pop music sensation, he also conquered television and eventually feature films, starring in a string of box-office megahits. Born September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, he was 16 when he met aspiring DJ Jeff Townes; joining forces as DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, the duo immediately became local favorites, but their continued existence was threatened when Smith graduated high school and was offered a scholarship to MIT. Ultimately, he chose to pursue a career in music, and in 1987 he and Townes issued their debut record, Rock the House, scoring a hit with the single "Girls Ain't Nothing but Trouble." Propelled by the smash "Parents Just Don't Understand," DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince broke into the mainstream a year later with He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper, one of the first hip-hop LPs to achieve double-platinum status. Clean-cut, witty, and easygoing, the duo's bubblegum approach was a stark contrast to the dominant, harder-edged rap sound of the period; viewed as a non-threatening alternative to their peers, they received the parental seal of approval, and their appeal spread across racial lines as well. And in This Corner... followed in 1989, and soon Hollywood began taking notice of Smith's success; in 1990, he was tapped to star in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a sitcom for NBC. An immediate hit, it made Smith a household name, and continued in production through 1996. Smith also continued his music career, and in 1991 DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince scored their biggest chart hit to date with the excellent "Summertime," from the album Homebase. The year following, he made his feature film debut in the drama Where the Day Takes You; in 1993, his supporting turn in Six Degrees of Separation was the subject of much critical acclaim. That same year, the final Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince record, the disappointing Code Red, was released. In 1995, Smith co-starred in the action film Bad Boys, a major box-office hit; it set the stage for his leading role in 1996's Independence Day, the summer's biggest smash. A year later, he starred in Men in Black, again the box-office champ of the summer season; recording for the first time under his given name, he also scored a smash with the movie's rap theme. Smith's debut solo LP, Big Willie Style, also appeared in 1997, notching the hits "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," "Just the Two of Us," and "Miami." Shortly on the heels of his first box-office disappointment, 1999's Wild Wild West, he returned with the album Willennium. It also fared poorly, compared to Smith's previous material, and occasioned the release of a (slightly) more artistic record, ^2002's Born to Reign. It also failed to live up to expectations, and Smith's next record, 2005's Lost and Found, was a sobering album. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Will Smith

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    16 songs

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    Lost and Found

    14 songs

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    Born to Reign

    15 songs

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    Willennium

    16 songs

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    Big Willie Style

    16 songs

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    Men in Black [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

    1 song

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    Switch

    2 songs

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    Gettin' Jiggy wit It

    5 songs

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    Just the Two of Us

    15 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    3 songs

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    Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)

    1 song

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    Will 2K [US CD Single]

    4 songs

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    Gettin' Jiggy wit It

    15 songs

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    Big Willie Style

    18 songs

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    Lost & Found

    3 songs

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    Miami

    3 songs

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    Party Starter

    15 songs

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    Wild Wild West [1999 Original Soundtrack]


Top Songs by
Will Smith

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    Popularity
  2.   Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
  3.   Just the Two of Us
  4.   Men in Black
  5.   Summertime
  6.   Miami
  7.   Wild Wild West
  8.   The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  9.   Switch
  10.   Will 2K
  11.   Momma Knows
  12.   A Nightmare on My Street
  13.   It's All Good
  14.   Party Starter
  15.   Freakin' It
  16.   La Fiesta
  17.   Keith B-Real, Pt. 3 (Interlude)
  18.   Nod Ya Head featuring TRA-Knox
  19.   Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble
  20.   Butta
  21.   Tell Me Why by Mary J. Blige
  22.   Can U Feel Me
  23.   Big Willie Style
  24.   Keith B-Real, Pt. 1 (Interlude)
  25.   I Wish I Made That/Swagga
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Will Smith

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    Clear The Room

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    Slacker 20: Super Powers

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    Slacker 20: Oh Baby!

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    '90s #1 Hits

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    '90s Hits

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    Sean Kingston: I Am The DJ

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Singing In The Shower

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    Sing-A-Long Songs

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    Kids Classic Hits

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    Party Hits

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    All-Time Hits

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    Great Songs You Forgot


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