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Encyclopedia > Will Smith
Will Smith
Background information
Birth name Willard Christopher Smith, Jr.
Also known as The Fresh Prince
Born September 25, 1968 (1968-09-25) (age 38)
Origin Flag of United States Wynnefield, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genre(s) East coast hip hop
Pop rap
Urban
Mainstream rap
Occupation(s) Actor
Hip-Hop rapper
Years active 1986
Label(s) Jive 1986–1994,
Columbia 1997–2002,
Interscope 2004—
Associated
acts
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Ready Rock C
Website WillSmith.com

Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is a Golden Globe and a two time Academy Award-nominated American actor, and a multiple Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist. He is one of a small group of people who have enjoyed success in three major entertainment media in the United States: feature films, television, and the music industry. Newsweek has named him the most powerful actor on the planet.[1] WS, Ws or ws may refer to: Five Ws, a concept in journalism Ware Shoals Railroad (AAR reporting mark WS) Wavetable synthesis; the method to generate sound by a digital music synthesizer Web services a collection of protocols and standards used for exchanging data between applications Samoa (ISO 3166-1... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wynnefield is a predominantly African-American middle-class neighborhood in West Philadelphia. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Pop rap (sometimes referred to as hip pop) is the name given to a style of hip hop that has a strong pop music influences. ... Urban is in or having to do with cities, as distinct from rural areas. ... The flashy, quasi-gansta genre of hip that has dominated the charts since the late 90s. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Hip-Hop music is a style of popular music. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jive Records is an American record label, owned by Sony BMG, and operates as a quarter of the Zomba Label Group. ... Interscope Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Will Smith For the geologist who invented fossil correlation, see William Smith. ... DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey A. Townes on January 22, 1965 in Philadelphia) is an African American hip hop/R&B record producer and turntablist. ... Clarence Holmes, also known as Ready Rock C, was the third part of hiphop group DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, he left the group in 1990. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... The music industry is the industry that creates, performs, promotes, and preserves music. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ...


Smith's most notable television role was that of William "Will" Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In his film work, his notable roles include Agent J in Men in Black and Men in Black II, Muhammad Ali in Ali, as well as his role in the blockbuster Independence Day and more recently as Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness with his son Jaden Smith. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent DOnofrio. ... Men in Black II is a 2002 science fiction comedy action film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. ... “Cassius Clay” redirects here. ... Ali is a 2001 biographical film which tells the story of boxer Muhammad Ali. ... Independence Day (also known as its promotional abbreviation ID4) is an Academy Award winning 1996 science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. ... Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher. ... For the band, see The Pursuit of Happiness. ... Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998 in Los Angeles, California) is the son of actress/singer Jada Pinkett Smith and actor/rapper Will Smith. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

Will Smith was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His charming and sly demeanor in school resulted in the nickname "Prince" which eventually turned into the "Fresh Prince." While still in his teens, Smith began rapping and eventually began collaborating with Jeff Townes (a.k.a. D.J. Jazzy Jeff) whom he met at a party. He attended Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia. D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was born with Smith handling the rhymes and Townes overseeing the mastery of mixing and scratching—the combination were a pop and hip-hop hit during the '80s and early '90s. Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey A. Townes January 22, 1965) is an American hip-hop DJ and turntablist best known for his early career with Will Smith as half of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. ... DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey A. Townes January 22, 1965) is an American hip-hop DJ and turntablist best known for his early career with Will Smith as half of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. ... Overbrook High School is a public, four-year secondary school located in the West Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ... West Philadelphia is a section of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Audio samples of Philadelphia hip hop Parents Just Dont Understand ( file info) — Popular song by the duo Problems playing the files? See media help. ...


MIT

While it is widely reported that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Smith denied this in a Reader's Digest interview stating, "My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college."[2] This is corroborated in a Wired interview where he states he never applied to MIT.[3] The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private, coeducational research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Despite the above, when Smith appeared on Inside the Actors Studio, he stated that he was admitted to the "pre-engineering program" at MIT.[4] Inside the Actors Studio is the Emmy-nominated, longest-running original series on the Bravo cable television channel, hosted by James Lipton. ...


Career

Smith started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as turntablist and producer as well as Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes) as the human beat box. The trio was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime." They gained critical acclaim for winning the first ever Grammy in the Rap category (1988). He had a line in "Voices That Care", a 1991 Gulf War song by a celebrity group. Will Smith For the geologist who invented fossil correlation, see William Smith. ... DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey A. Townes on January 22, 1965 in Philadelphia) is an African American hip hop/R&B record producer and turntablist. ... Turntablism is a subgenre of pop music which emerged from hip hop. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The varied choir in Voices That Care Voices That Care is a 1991 song written by David Foster, Linda Thompson and Peter Cetera and recorded by a supergroup of popular musicians, entertainers and athletes. ... Combatants United States & US-led Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf Khalid bin Sultan Saddam Hussein Strength 883,863 360,000 Casualties 240 killed in action, 776 wounded, 30 taken prisoner At least 183,000 victims of the Gulf War syndrome Est. ...


Smith was nearing bankruptcy when in 1990, the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him. The show was successful and launched his acting career. Although he made a notable dramatic film debut in Six Degrees of Separation (in which he played against type as a gay con man) while still appearing in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith's film career took off with his role in the buddy cop action film Bad Boys (1995) along with co-star Martin Lawrence. NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For the Battlestar Galactica episode, see Six Degrees of Separation (Battlestar Galactica). ... The Buddy Cop subgenre of buddy films are actions films with plots involving two men of very different and conflicting personalities who are forced to work together to solve a crime and/or defeat criminals, sometimes learning from each other in the process. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Bad Boys is a 1995 action comedy film, directed by Michael Bay and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. ... Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence (born April 16, 1965, in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany) is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. ...

Will Smith at 45th Emmy Awards in 1993
Will Smith at 45th Emmy Awards in 1993

After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended in 1996, Smith began a successful solo music career while simultaneously starring in a series of films. The first two films were hugely successful summer blockbusters: Independence Day (1996), in which he played a fearless and confident fighter pilot, and Men in Black (1997), where he played the comic and confident Agent J against Tommy Lee Jones's deadpan Agent K. Smith's acting in Men in Black won critical praise. He originally rejected the lead role in Men in Black, but wife Jada Pinkett Smith coaxed him into acceptance. The two films established Smith's commercial reputation as a bankable star whose appeal across age, race, and gender lines could "open" a film at the box office. Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild Wild West. After the failure of Wild Wild West and watching Keanu Reeves' performance, he suggests that he would not have been the appropriate actor for the role at the time, but still considers passing on The Matrix as a big mistake. He then gained lead roles in several box office successes including Men in Black II, Bad Boys II, Hitch, and I, Robot. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1007x779, 94 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Will Smith User:Garion96/Images ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1007x779, 94 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Will Smith User:Garion96/Images ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Independence Day (also known as its promotional abbreviation ID4) is an Academy Award winning 1996 science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. ... Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent DOnofrio. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jada Pinkett Smith (born Jada Koren Pinkett on September 18, 1971) is an American actress and singer. ... A bankable star is an actor famous or charismatic enough to be capable of guaranteeing box-office success simply by showing up in a movie. Harris states that a bankable star is one of the 3 minimum ingredients to any film package, the other two being a successful director and... Keanu Reeves as Neo in The Matrix Reloaded Neo is the alias of Thomas A. Anderson, the main fictional character in the movies The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. ... The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving. ... Wild Wild West (1999) is a film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline (in two roles, Artemus Gordon and President Ulysses S. Grant), Kenneth Branagh and Salma Hayek. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced in IPA: ) is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Men in Black II is a 2002 science fiction comedy action film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. ... Bad Boys II is a 2003 action comedy film by Michael Bay. ... Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy film starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James and Amber Valletta. ... I, Robot is a science fiction film filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, but produced in the United States released on July 16, 2004, attributed to Isaac Asimovs Robot Series, especially a short-story collection of the same name. ...


Smith is one of only two hip-hop artists to receive an Oscar nomination in an acting category (Best Actor, Ali, 2001), for his portrayal of the boxer Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, in the biopic. He was also nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role in another true-life movie, The Pursuit of Happyness where he played Chris Gardner in his rags to riches story. The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Ali is a 2001 biographical film which tells the story of boxer Muhammad Ali. ... “Cassius Clay” redirects here. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher. ...


Smith appeared as himself in Jersey Girl delivering the Silent Bob speech that appears in nearly all Kevin Smith movies. The lead character's situation is due to the claim, "Will Smith is just a rapper". Jersey Girl is a 2004 film written and directed by Kevin Smith, and starring Ben Affleck. ... Jay and Silent Bob are the two fictional characters created by actor-writer-director Kevin Smith (who plays Silent Bob) and appearing in several of his movies. ... Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director and the founder of View Askew Productions. ...


Smith also released a string of hit singles, often associated with his most recent film, throughout the late 1990s. The most notable of these were his #1 hit theme song "Men in Black," the #1 hit "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" (which made jiggy a catchphrase for a while in 1998), and a cover of "Just the Two of Us," an affectionate message to his young son. His first two solo albums went platinum, but his third, on Columbia Records, was a sales disappointment compared to his past efforts, and after a quick Greatest Hits release that was almost not advertised at all, he was dropped by the label. He signed a recording contract with Interscope Records and released the successful Lost & Found in 2005. The album was propelled solely on the smash hit single, "Switch", which appealed to the mainstream a la "Summertime". The single stayed atop the charts for months and returned Smith to the forefront of Hip Hop. The song Men in Black was recorded by rapper and actor Will Smith (also featuring singer Coko) for the movie Men in Black, in which he also starred. ... Gettin Jiggy Wit It is a 1998 hit single by rapper Will Smith, taken from his album Big Willie Style. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... The song Just The Two Of Us is a song performed by Will Smith. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Interscope Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... This article is about a 2005 album by Will Smith. ...


Smith appeared at Nickelodeon Kid's Choice awards in 2005 performing "Switch", as well as the Black Entertainment Television awards in 2005. He appeared in the second game of the NBA Finals (San Antonio vs. Detroit) performing "Switch" in 2005. Smith also made a special appearance in the reality talent contest show "Indian Idol", when he visited India. Nickelodeon (more commonly called Nick for short) is an American cable television network that is owned by Viacom International. ... Black Entertainment Television is an American cable network based in Washington, D.C. targeted toward African-American and urban audiences in the United States. ... Indian Idol is a popular television show on Indian television, a singing talent contest to determine the best undiscovered young singer in the country. ...


Smith was considered for the role of John Smith in the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith; Brad Pitt eventually received the role. He was also considered for the role of Willy Wonka in the remake of the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has planned to star in a feature film remake of the television series It Takes a Thief. Mr. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt(born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... Willy Wonka is a character in the classic Roald Dahl childrens book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. ... For other uses, see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (disambiguation). ... It Takes a Thief was an American action-adventure television series that aired on the ABC Network for two and a half seasons between January 9, 1968 to March 24, 1970. ...


Smith can be found most recently starring in The Pursuit of Happyness with his son Jaden Smith; he received his second Academy Award nomination for the role for Best Actor but lost to Forest Whitaker. For the band, see The Pursuit of Happiness. ... Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998 in Los Angeles, California) is the son of actress/singer Jada Pinkett Smith and actor/rapper Will Smith. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. ...


Smith's next film will be I Am Legend in 2007, based on the novel of the same name. In the film, Smith will play the last man on Earth. I Are Legend is an upcoming 2007 post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Personal life

Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992. They had a son, Willard Christopher III, also known as "Trey", but divorced in 1995. Trey appeared in his father's music video for the 1997 single, "Just The Two Of Us." Smith married actress Jada Pinkett in 1997. Together they have had two children: Jaden Christopher Syre (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness, and Willow Camille Reign (born 2000). Along with his brother, Harry Smith, he owns Treyball Development Inc., a Beverly Hills-based company named after his first son. He has been consistently listed in Fortune Magazine's "Richest 40" list of the forty wealthiest Americans under the age of 40. Smith and his family reside on Star Island (Florida) in Miami, Florida, and in Philadelphia. He helped the community by giving money to Katrina victims. Zampino and now ex-husband actor/rapper Will Smith during happier times. ... Trey could refer to: A nickname for those who are the third of their name. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Jada Pinkett Smith (born Jada Koren Pinkett on September 18, 1971) is an American actress and singer. ... Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998 in Los Angeles, California) is the son of actress/singer Jada Pinkett Smith and actor/rapper Will Smith. ... For the band, see The Pursuit of Happiness. ... Beverly Hills is a city in the western part of Los Angeles County, California. ... Categories: Magazines stubs | Time Warner subsidiaries | Business magazines ... View of Star Island from South Beach January, 2007. ... For other uses, see Miami (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ...


On July 2, 2005, Smith served as host for the Live 8 concert in his native Philadelphia in front of an enormous crowd, and later performed a set with DJ Jazzy Jeff. is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... On 2 July 2005, a Live 8 concert was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with a densely packed audience stretched out for one mile along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. ...


Smith also produced All of Us, a program loosely based on his love, life, and family in 2005. This article is about the TV series. ...


Smith is an enthusiast for the games of chess, bingo and rummoli. He is also quite fond of video games. Chess is a recreational and competitive game for two players. ... Look up BINGO, Bingo, bingo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Rummoli is a family card game for 2 to 8 people. ...


Once every year Will takes his mother to Canyon Ranch spa in Tucson, Arizona for a week.


Smith remains good friends with Tatyana Ali, former co-star on Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Will was the one that mainly convinced her to enter the field of music, due to her singing shown on some episodes of the show. He also has taken credited for kick starting the career of Sam Phillips in the film business. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Spoiler warning: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a television sitcom which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. ...


Will Smith has been rumored to be a believer in Scientology. He has denied that he has joined the Church of Scientology but has said:

I just think a lot of the ideas in Scientology are brilliant and revolutionary and non-religious.

[5][6]


Discography

With DJ Jazzy Jeff (as The Fresh Prince)

Album information
Rock the House
  • Released: March 18, 1987
  • Chart positions: #83 US, #24 Top R&B/Hip Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: 2x Platinum
  • Singles: "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble", "Magnificent Jazzy Jeff",
He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
  • Released: March 29, 1988
  • Chart positions: #4 US, #5 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: 3x Platinum
  • Singles: "Parents Just Don't Understand", "Brand New Funk", "Nightmare on My Street"
And in this Corner...
  • Released: October 17, 1989
  • Chart positions: #39 US, #19 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson", "Jazzy's Groove"
Homebase
  • Released: July 23, 1991
  • Chart positions: #12 US, #5 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: 2x Platinum
  • Singles: "Summertime", "Ring My Bell",
Code Red
  • Released: October 13, 1993
  • Chart positions: #64 US, #39 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Boom! I Shake the Room", I'm Looking for the One", "I Wanna Rock"

DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey A. Townes on January 22, 1965 in Philadelphia) is an African American hip hop/R&B record producer and turntablist. ... Rock the House is a 1987 album by hip-hip duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Hes the DJ, Im the Rapper was the second album by rap duo Jeff Townes and Will Smith, then better known as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. ... March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (89th in leap years). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... And in this Corner is the 1989 third album by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Homebase is the 1991 fourth album by hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Code Red is the 1993 fifth album by hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...

Singles

See DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince #Singles

Will Smith For the geologist who invented fossil correlation, see William Smith. ...

Solo

Album information
Big Willie Style
  • Released: November 25, 1997
  • Chart positions: #8 US, #9 Top R&B/Hip Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: 10x Platinum[7]
  • Singles: "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It", "Miami", "Just The Two Of Us", "Men In Black"
Willennium
  • Released: November 16, 1999
  • Chart positions: # 5 US, #8 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: 3x Platinum
  • Singles: "Will 2K", "Freakin' It", "Wild Wild West"
Born to Reign
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Chart positions: #13 US, # 13 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "1,000 Kisses", "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)"
Greatest Hits
  • Released: November 26, 2002
  • Chart positions:
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles:
Lost and Found
  • Released: March 29, 2005
  • Chart positions: #6 US, #4 Top R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Party Starter", "Switch"

Big Willie Style is the first solo studio album recorded by Will Smith, after spending most of his career as the latter half of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. ... is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Willennium is the second solo studio album released by Will Smith. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... born to Reign is an album by Will Smith that showed his first decline in record sales. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article is about a 2005 album by Will Smith. ... March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (89th in leap years). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

Dates relate to UK release dates.

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 CAN UK AUS Album
Aug 1997 Men in Black
(Featuring Coko)
- 15 1 1 Big Willie Style
Dec 1997 Just Cruisin' 56 83 23 - Big Willie Style
Feb 1998 Gettin' Jiggy Wit It 1 5 3 6 Big Willie Style
Aug 1998 Just the Two of Us 20 3 2 27 Big Willie Style
Dec 1998 Miami 17 3 3 27 Big Willie Style
July 1999 Wild Wild West
(Featuring Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee)
1 9 2 8 Willennium
Nov 1999 Will2K
(Featuring K-Ci)
25 2 2 3 Willennium
Mar 2000 Freakin' It 99 34 15 - Willennium
2000 So Fresh
(Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, Biz Markie, & Slick Rick)
- - - - Willennium
Aug 2002 Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)
(Introducing Tra-Knox)
77 16 3 18 Born to Reign
April 2005 Switch 7 1 4 1 Lost & Found
Nov 2005 Party Starter - 45 19 33 Lost & Found

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The ARIA charts is the main Australian music sales chart issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ... The song Men in Black was recorded by rapper and actor Will Smith (also featuring singer Coko) for the movie Men in Black, in which he also starred. ... Coko is the name of a construction toy produced by the Chinese company Tianjin COKO Toy Co. ... Gettin Jiggy Wit It is a 1998 hit single by rapper Will Smith, taken from his album Big Willie Style. ... The song Just The Two Of Us is a song performed by Will Smith. ... Wild Wild West is the title of two individual hip hop songs: one written in 1988 by Kool Moe Dee as a single, and the other written in 1999 by Will Smith as the theme song for Smiths film Wild Wild West. ... Dru Hill is an American singing group, most popular during the late 1990s, whose repertoire included R&B, soul, and gospel music. ... Mohandas Dewese (born 8 August 1962), better known as Kool Moe Dee, was an American old-school rapper prominent in the late 1980s and early 90s. ... K-Ci (born Cedric Hailey on September 2, 1969 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an African-American R&B/soul singer and songwriter, one-half of the duo K-Ci and JoJo and one-quarter of the R&B quartet Jodeci. ... DJ Jazzy Jeff (born Jeffrey A. Townes on January 22, 1965 in Philadelphia) is an African American hip hop/R&B record producer and turntablist. ... Biz Markie (born Marcel Hall April 8, 1964 in Harlem, New York) is a rapper and DJ, best known for humorous singles such as Just a Friend. He has been labeled The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop. ... Richard Walters (born January 14, 1965), better known by stage names Slick Rick, MC Ricky D and The Ruler, is a rapper. ... Switch is the promotional single for Will Smiths 11th album Lost and Found, released in 2005. ... Party Starter is the second single released from Will Smiths album Lost & Found. ...

Misc. Performances

The following are several songs that Smith has performed with other artists:

  • "I Sleep Much Better (In Someone Else's Bed)" (1989) (Billy Ocean feat. Mimi & Will Smith) [Credited as The Fresh Prince]
  • "Voices That Care" (1991) by various artists [Credited as The Fresh Prince]
  • "Boy You Knock Me Out" (1998) (Tatyana Ali featuring Will Smith)
  • "Da Butta" (1999) (Will Smith featuring Lil' Kim)
  • "Hey Sexy Lady (Remix)" (2003) (Shaggy featuring Brian & Tony Gold, Sean Paul, & Will Smith)
  • "Got To Be Real" (2004) (Mary J. Blige featuring Will Smith)

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The varied choir in Voices That Care Voices That Care is a 1991 song written by David Foster, Linda Thompson and Peter Cetera and recorded by a supergroup of popular musicians, entertainers and athletes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hey Sexy Lady is Shaggys first single from his album Lucky Day. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Shaggy (artist). ... Sean Paul Henriques (born January 8, 1973) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971), is an American R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress who has sold over 60 million records around the world since her career began in 1991. ...

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Saturday Morning Videos Host TV
The Perfect Date - "ABC Afterschool Specials" Hawker TV
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Himself TV (1990-1996)
1992 Blossom Fresh Prince TV, Cameo
Where the Day Takes You Manny
1993 Made in America Tea Cake Walters
Six Degrees of Separation Paul
1995 Bad Boys Detective Mike Lowrey
1996 Independence Day Captain Steven “Steve” Hiller, USMC
1997 Men in Black James Edwards / Agent J
1998 Enemy of the State Robert Clayton Dean
1999 Torrance Rises Cameo
Wild Wild West Captain Jim West
2000 Men in Black: Alien Attack James Edwards / Agent J
Welcome to Hollywood Himself
The Legend of Bagger Vance Bagger Vance
2001 Ali Muhammad Ali Academy Award Best Actor Nomination
2002 Men in Black II James Edwards / Agent J
Girlfriend by B2K Himself Music video
2003 Bad Boys II Detective Mike Lowrey
2004 A Closer Walk Narrator Documentary
Jersey Girl Himself Cameo
American Chopper Himself TV, Cameo
I, Robot Detective Del Spooner Producer
Shark Tale Oscar Voice
2005 There's a God on the Mic Documentary
Hitch Alex "Hitch" Hitchens Producer
2006 The Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner Producer, Academy Award Best Actor Nomination
2007 I Am Legend Robert Neville
2008 John Hancock filming
Time Share currently announced start of production
TBA Bad Boys III

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See also

This is the list of best selling music artists (including groups) worldwide, alltime. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... This is a list of rap artists that topped the Billboard Hot 100 // 2Pac (2) 50 Cent (3) Ali (1) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1) Chamillionaire (1) Coolio (1) D4L (1) Dr. Dre (2) Diddy (5) Eminem (1) - Gipp (1) - - Ja Rule (3) Jay-Z (3) Kanye West (2) Murphy... This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ... The term supercouple in American soap opera, a neologism coined in the early 1980s to describe popular pairings, has two meanings. ...

References

  1. ^ Sean Smith. "The $4 Billion Man", Newsweek, 2007-04-09. Retrieved on 2007-04-04. 
  2. ^ Meg Grant (December 2006). "Will Smith Interview: Will's Roots". Reader's Digest. Retrieved on 2006-06-27. 
  3. ^ Jennifer Hillner (December 2007). "I, Robocop". Wired. 
  4. ^ Inside the Actor's Studio, Season 8, Episode 2, 2002.
  5. ^ [1]
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  7. ^ RIAA certification

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