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  1. Suicide Squad

    This is interesting: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=124067 To be honest, I am definitely tired of these "attached" "in negotiations" stories regarding Will. There have been so many great projects that he was at one point supposed to do like EMPIRE with Michael Mann, THE AMERICAN CAN with Ed Zwick and now I hear that the rumoured assasin movie THE ACCOUNTANT was offered to Ben Affleck. Great projects that would surely revive his (let's be honest) worsening career. Now if this goes through it would be fun to see him tackle sth like that but I fear it wall all die down soon like all those other projects. Have you also noticed that usually whenever Will does a movie he is the only BIG name in it. Look at I, ROBOT, I AM LEGEND, FOCUS, AFTER EARTH, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, SEVEN POUNDS - it's almost as if he doesn't want to star opposite other big stars. Now he would be acting opposite Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling - slim chances of that happening. Still, cool bit of info to talk about, right guys? :)
  2. In 1996, at the dawn of the Internet a young teenager from Australia created a web site about his favourite rap group. Looking back now, 20 years later, I could never have imagined how much this site would impact on my life. Let me paint the picture of 1996. I’m 16, in high school, and my favourite group is Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. The first album I ever bought was Homebase. I still vividly remember putting in the CD and being blown away by the Fresh Prince killing it on, “I’m All That”. I was a huge fan, at the time gangsta rap was massive, my friends listened to 2PAC, Biggie, Snoop and Dr Dre. I got into many arguments defending Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. I was a true believer and if you had their albums you knew how they represented the very essence of hip hop. Everyone who mocked Will I responded by giving them a cd, or a mixtape I made of the best of Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. All the quality hip hop, Brand New Funk, I’m All That, Something like Dis, Jeff Waz on the Beat Box. Most admitted after listening that yep, Will could rap! In my art class, I took over the tape deck and played Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. My best friend was the school captain, so I gave him my JJFP mixtape, he’d go to reception and play it over the loud speakers. In this quadrangle of an all boys catholic school, Code Red, the track, was playing and Australian kids in blazers and ties were getting down to it! So how did the web site start? Well back in 1996, the Internet was not that well known. My dad was a professor at a university, so the first contact I had with the Internet was the computer in his office. So if you understood how big a JJFP fan I was, yes I’d read over liner notes religiously while I listened to their albums, when I first used the internet what did I do? Well I went to something called Magellan (there was no Google back then) and I did a search for Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. There were no web sites about them back then. The only thing I found was a site called CDNOW, where you could buy CD’s and I was able to listen to snippets of Code Red. I thought this was very cool. So one day my brother had bought the latest version of Microsoft Word, Word 97. This was released in November 1996. So I opened it and was playing around and realised that for the first time you could create a web site within Word. This seemed really cool to me so I started messing around with it. So what web site did I create? Well one about my favourite group of course. I had From Da South playing on my brothers CD Stereo on repeat and I started to layout the web site. You also have to understand that in 1996 there was no hope of Will ever releasing another rap record. He had pretty much said in interviews he was disillusioned with gangsta rap and he just didn’t feel there was a space for him anymore. Also you hadn’t heard from Jeff in a long time so I didn’t even know what he was up to. So this web site was basically looking back on the career of Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince and chronicling their 5 albums in 7 years from 1986-1993. So I wrote something on each album and after a week or so I had a web site. It was one page but it was a web site and I uploaded it to my brother’s web account on the internet which was something like netspace.com/matpr. I remember I put a counter on the web page, one of those old school black and white web counters. After about a month the web site had hit 100 views. 100 views, wow I thought, that is so cool. Then something amazing happened. I was listening to the #1 hip hop/rnb radio show in Melbourne and they said next week we have Will Smith’s new single. Yeah you listened to the radio back then. I couldn’t believe it. I tuned in and for the first time I heard Men In Black. Will had actually returned to rap! Not only that but ‘Men in Black’ became one of the biggest rap singles of all time. With Will back in the game I slowly started to build the web site. By 1998 the web site had expanded from one page to multiple pages and included lyrics, album reviews, a discography, biography and even a guestbook. I listened to the JJFP tracks and wrote the lyrics out myself. I knew the mistakes I made doing this so when I saw my lyrics on other web sites I knew they had stolen them from me (even though some still tried to deny it). As we got to 1999 I updated the site again, more interviews, biographies and reviews and plenty of information on Willennium. By this time the forum had started to grow and the community was starting to build. In 2001, my brother, a graphic designer completely redesigned the web site for me. Now it looked good and the content had built to something impressive. I now had over 300 pages of information on Will and Jeff covering their career from music to television and movies. In 2002, Stacey from squarebiz in Philly showed Jeff the site. How did she see the site? I think it was because I was a member on the roots okayplayer forums and I had the web site in my signature. Jeff actually left a message on the guestbook for me to contact Irize at A Touch of Jazz because he was working on his web site. So with this message from Jeff I rang Irize. When I told her she had no idea what I was talking about but I left my phone number with her. I still remember ringing A Touch of Jazz and being happy to be on hold because they played “So Fresh.” In 2002 I got to see Jeff DJ for the first time in Australia. He came out with Pauly Yams and Vee who largely let Jeff do his thing, he played vinyl and rocked it for more than 3 hours. It was an amazing set and still remains one of my favourites. Since then I have seen Jeff DJ over 20 times. Every time I count my blessings and think of how lucky I am to see Jeff do his thing. It's always interesting to see the different sets, different audiences and the way the crowd reacts to the music. It's a great feeling to view everything from the stage so I can understand why so many people want to be DJ's. It also highlights to me that no matter how the technology advances the ability to select tracks and mix them together can only be done by a great music lover and DJ. In 2004, at the last minute Will invited Jeff to come to the ‘I, Robot’ premiere in Sydney and Will was going to perform. Jeff had just done a show in Spain and flew 30 hours straight to get to Sydney. Jeff invited me to come along. Jeff’s manager picked me up and we went up to Will’s hotel room. Outside the window was an amazing view of the Sydney Opera House. I had no idea what I walked into though. Jeff was playing a beat, which sampled the Spiderman theme and Will had his pad out and was writing a rap. When we were talking Jeff mentioned the track “Impeach the President.” Suddenly Will launched into “From Da South” off the top of his head. To see Will rap this rare b-side off the top of his head 12 years after he made it was amazing. The fact that I listened to that track on repeat when I created the Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince web site made it all the more perfect. Jeff said, “You remember that and you forget Men In Black?” Trademark humour from JJFP. It was pretty clear even though Will had become one of the biggest movie stars in the world he was still an emcee and still the Fresh Prince. You could tell how much he loved being a rapper. It still blows my mind that I was actually in the room when Will and Jeff were coming up with a track, it eventually became “Here He Comes” off the Lost & Found album. It’s a moment I will never forget. Later that night we went off to Fox Studios as Will and Jeff were performing at the ‘I, Robot’ premiere. As I carried Jeff’s records through the Sydney rain and the crowds to get up to the stage I couldn’t help but wonder how I had got here. Jeff and Will were amazing live, the chemistry on stage undeniable. Their performance of Brand New Funk was as good a hip-hop performance that I have ever seen. As we walked through the crowds and being on the other side it was amazing to see everyone freak out when they saw Will and Jeff. Will and Jeff couldn’t have been nicer and posed for photos but it was an interesting insight into Will’s life. Everyone thinks it’s amazing to be famous but Will couldn’t even go to the shops with his son. He couldn’t go anywhere without bodyguards and it must force him to live a pretty insular life. When you reach that level of fame it definitely comes at a cost. Running the web site had given me some insight into what Will and Jeff had to deal with. As the web site had grown in popularity so had the constant flood of emails and requests. Everyone had a daughter who they wanted their music to be heard, or someone who needed help in the entertainment industry, or was someone who desperately needed to contact Will. It was crazy and gave me a brief glimpse into what their life would be like. I was completely overwhelmed by the constant requests and I guess in my own mind I wanted to make sure that I never asked Will & Jeff for anything because they get that enough. If everyone wants something from you, you have to truly wonder who your real friends are. As the forum on the site grew we went from being a group of fans, to a community, to a family. I remember one year I actually received a present from England from the guys on the forum. Wow, I thought, people from half way around the world had gone to the effort to surprise me for my birthday. That's when I knew we had something special going on with the fans. I would see kids come onto the site when they were 12 and I would watch them grow up. Some people have even formed relationships from the site. By early 2005 the web site was getting over 80,000 unique visitors a month. To think I was happy when 100 people had visited the web site and now almost a million people were viewing it in a year. As fans we started a podcast which had over 200,000 downloads. Eventually I did help out Jeff with the official DJ Jazzy Jeff site. I got to write a completely new biography for him which I think addressed the misconceptions that were out in the community. Those that just knew Jeff from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and then hadn’t seen or heard from him presumed he had disappeared. Meanwhile he was one of the biggest DJ’s in the world doing over 200 shows across the globe. That biography I wrote showed up everywhere even in Activision’s DJ Hero Video game. I remember they had a display of the game in a store. You can select Jeff as a playable character and I watched someone do this in the store and then I got to see the words that I came up with appear on the screen which was an amazing feeling. During 2005 and 2006 I got to see the making of The Return of The Magnificent. How amazing when Jeff told me that Method Man had been to the studio. Or to hear some of the beats he was working on and then 12-18 months later hear the finished product. I could never imagined Raheem would have blessed My Soul is not 4 Sale so well. Or the amazing track Jeff would make with CL Smooth in “All I Know.” This was a fantastic album. The other amazing thing was Jeff thanked me in the liner notes. If I think back to listening to the JJFP cd's and reading all the liner notes and thankyou’s as I listened to the album and then I think of the crazy amount of people Jeff knows that was an amazing thing to see. In 2006, 2009 and 2011 I got to see Jeff perform at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. Jeff normally did three or four shows during that week. During this time I was able to meet some other incredible people and DJ’s that remain my friends to this day. I also got to see Jeff with one of my best friends Coz who is a rap legend in his own right which was an amazing memory. In 2007 when I looked around and there were massive posters of Will on the side of buildings for I Am Legend, there were posters on bus stops and ads on TV. Then you go to a full cinema to see one of Will's movies and you realise, hey I made a web site for the biggest movie star in the world. jazzyjefffreshprince.com was never about that though it was always about Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, and the music and everything that came out of that. Often people didn't realise he'd done a TV show, or that he was a rapper first or that Jazz was a DJ. So the web site was always there to inform people of the history and the legacy no matter how huge a star Will became. In 2012, I travelled to London and for the first time and met Kev, Brakes & Julie from the forum in real life. We had lunch at my cousin’s restaurant and my cousin commented after how well we all got on and I said that was the first time we had ever met! We had been online friends for over 10 years but it completely transferred to real life. I also got to live out a shadow dream and see a Jazzy Jeff show with them all. After all these years that was an amazing experience. In 2013 I got to see a show with them again. This time Kev organised to do an interview with Jeff for the web site. Jeff spent his day off which he does not get many of when he tours Europe with us to do this. That was an amazing thing to do with his time, it was a great interview and we even went for a burger in Shoreditch after. So after 2005 and Lost and Found for 10 years there was no new music from Will. This was always essentially a music site but us loyal fans still turned up on the forum. Most were disillusioned that Will would never release another rap record, the only one who truly maintained the faith was AJ. AJ had been a member of the site since about 1998. We were the same age and have kind of grown up together maintaining our JJFP fandom over the years. Between us we managed to track down every rare b-side and Japan bonus track Will and Jeff ever did. When Will thinks he can’t put out music because he thinks people won’t love it I just think Will, come and talk to me. You have some of the most dedicated loyal fans, the most incredible people, who love what you do. They are crying out for you to release more music. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince fans are truly the best. The movie fans come and go but the music fans are connected to Will and feel much closer to who he is. The album’s give you an insight into Will as a person so that breeds a kind of fan that is loyal to the end. I think with the promise of new music and a world tour in 2016 it couldn’t be a better gift for those long-time fans who have been listening to Will and Jeff’s music all these years. As someone who started a web site that was really looking back at their career who could have imagined how amazing their careers would become in the 20 years after. It has been a true pleasure to track it. So when people talk about Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince they might think of Summertime, Parent’s Just Don’t Understand, Boom! Shake the Room or the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. You mention Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince to me it reminds me of how good life is and how good it can be. It reminds me that anything is possible in this world. It reminds me to follow your dreams. It reminds me of some of the best memories of my life that I am so thankful for. All because some kid from Australia started a web site about his favourite rap group 20 years ago. Acknowledgements Matthew Price – The Site would not be possible without you. I know 7 kids and running your own business means there hasn’t been time to redesign the JJFP site but it wouldn’t have happened without you! Jason Jones (Hax) – whenever the site was down, hacked or something happened Hax was there to save the day, all while he was doing a tour of Iraq & Afghanistan for his country. Such a stand up guy! Thank you! AJ – My online JJFP potna! We were 18 when we started this journey and I feel like we’ve grown up all while maintaining that interest in JJFP. The London Crew (Kev, Brakes, Julie) - Family, friends, JJFP 4 Life!
  3. DJ Jazzy Jeff Talks New Album With Will Smith: 'The Timing Is Perfect' "He has never stopped rapping," says DJ of his partner BY JASON NEWMAN October 9, 2015 French Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff DJ Jazzy Jeff says "the timing is perfect" as he records a new album with Will Smith Kevin Mazur/Getty It's been 22 years since Will Smith (then known as the Fresh Prince) and DJ Jazzy Jeff released their fifth and ostensibly final album, Code Red. But unlike other pioneering groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Fugees, the group's end was not predicated on infighting or ego. Smith's acting bug became a full-on fever and Jazzy Jeff became an in-demand DJ who still performs more than 150 shows a year. The childhood friends have remained close, and their reunion, revealed by Smith in an interview with Apple Music earlier this week, was hiding in plain sight for years: Jeff regularly DJs the wrap parties for Smith's movies, with the rapper inevitably hopping on the mic to perform a medley of the duo's greatest hits. But this week, Smith announced the duo's reunion with plans for a new album and the first world tour of their career. The rapper told Zane Lowe he has recorded 20 to 30 songs — which may or may not appear on the album — but the duo are taking their time in recording new material. "Timelines are a thing of record companies," Jeff tells Rolling Stone. With Smith releasing his first verse in more than a decade last week, the prolific DJ spoke to Rolling Stone on the past, present and future of the pop-rap pioneers. Where are you in the recording process? Will's been recording. We had a really good conversation because he wants to get back in recording. One of the things that we talk about is going from all of these stupid, giant, million-dollar studios to now having the ability to record something in a hotel room. We laugh about the amount of material we would have put out if we had had those resources [in the Eighties and Nineties]. I want to just start recording to get him back into this space that there are no rules anymore! Every time we do an impromptu show, he's like, "Man, we can go out and we should go out." And I'm like, "I'm already out. I'm waiting for you!" Do you have a recording timetable yet? Not yet. I know just with the schedules, it will be in sections. It could be any time like, I'm home for two weeks and we're going to get together and do something. That could really start off with me sending him something and him recording it and then us getting together. But the only way that I will [record the finished track] is if we are in the studio together. That's how it's always been. I’m not worried about me at all. I think the beauty of it is that he started it, and he's ready to go. "The beauty of it is that he started [recording], and he's ready to go." Was it always in the back of your mind while touring all these years that you guys would release another album? Let me put it like this: You don't retire from an art. This has always been inside of him and he's always wanted to do this. He has never stopped rapping. It's just that being the biggest movie star on the planet, you don't have enough time. There has never been a time that he didn't jump on my microphone when we're together, because that is in his blood. You think you're going to be around a basketball court with Michael Jordan and he is not going to shoot? That'll never happen! I’m just happy that he's at the point where he's like, "You know what? I really want to do this." And the whole idea is he realizes he wants to have fun. I can tell the level of enjoyment he has from doing it. So he performs and says, "This feels good. We should record." When did that go from general discussion to you both seriously considering an album? Every time we would get together, he would talk about, "Yeah, I'm thinking about it. I got a concept for a record." The last time we got together seriously was in the spring when he started Suicide Squad and I went up [to see him] and we talked for four hours. I just finished the Dayne Jordan project and I played it for him from beginning to end and he was just like, "Wow." And I just went on to tell him like, "Listen, I did this all by myself. This wasn't through a record label; we just went in and did it." And all of that is foreign because you almost felt like someone has to co-sign you to make music. If you got the talent, we got the studio and the resources and you don't need a record label. That's what this generation does that we've never done. Did Will think that the two of you would have to go label-hunting? No, no. It's not that he thought that. It's just he's never done it any other way. Before I did Dayne Jordan, neither had I. So I’m sitting back like, "I own a studio and I can make music." I got a videographer on the road and we started shooting videos, so we shot a video in Dubai. Who shoots a video in Dubai besides Jay Z and Kanye? This is exactly what you would do on a Sony and now you have the resources to do it by yourself. All I did was share that information with him, like, "Dude, you know what we can do now without any boundaries?" He mentioned having 20 to 30 songs recorded. How many of those were with you versus his solo stuff? We haven't even gone to the studio yet. He's done all of this while he was doing Suicide Squad. So we haven't gotten in to do the stuff that we are going to do, which is next level. One of the conversations that we had was just talking about jumping. You gotta jump. If Jaden goes into the studio and he hears something hot, he records it and puts it out in 24 hours. And from the perspectives of Will and myself, you're like, "What?" I said, "You know what? Just drop it." And he kept saying, "What does 'drop it' look like?" Classic Hip-Hop Format Rescuing Radio Stations » Will did a verse off of [Kanye West's] "Clique" when it first came out. He rapped it for me and it was huge. And I looked at him and said, "Why didn't you put that out?" And he just looked at me. I'm like, "Wait, you wrote an incredible verse off of a really popular song. That is what they do! Just drop it!" But he just sat on it. In the Zane Lowe interview, he talked about being scared to record new music. Do you think it was fear? I don't think it was a fear thing. He was really trying to grasp the concept of just putting it out. You got something that is hot and great and that is it. I told him to just put it on SoundCloud and you could see the wheels turning like, "Oh ****, I can really do that?" That is a very hard concept. It's like they opened the gates to the prison and nobody ran. Everybody just stood there because you are used to be incarcerated that you're like, "I'm not going to run. What if something happens?" Is it true this will be your first world tour together? Yeah, it's funny. When we were doing the Run-D.M.C. tour, we'd go to New York and Mobile, Alabama and do a lot of that stuff. When we got to the point of being bigger, it was during the Fresh Prince [of Bel-Air] years, so we couldn't really tour like that. We didn't have six months to just go all over the world. Has anything been solidified for the tour? I don't know. What I tell people is, "If Will says, 'Listen, we're going on tour,' we're going on tour." That’s my partner. Anytime he needs me, I'm there. If it's like, "Yo, we're out," we're out. Let me know so I can make some arrangements and we're gone. Rappers and producers are finding success at older ages now more than ever before. Do you think the climate is right for a new album after 23 years? The timing is perfect and it was just something that clicked. I think a lot of it is just the understanding of the space. You've got to look at it like, us, Dr. Dre, LL Cool J all came up together, and now everybody's in a different professional space, but your fanbase is still there. We are the first generation that's growing older with hip-hop. So think about it: We didn’t know how to handle that. You try to figure out: Is hip-hop the music of the youth? And it's like, yeah, it’s the music of the youth . . . when you’re young! We didn’t have the media outlets that cater to a more adult demographic because we are the first. So now, you got Boom [classic hip-hop radio] stations and Sirius XM's BackSpin and everybody loves that. Now you got a station that plays Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" and "Raw," but they'll also play him if he makes something new. The outlet is finally catching up to the music. I keep saying, "Seriously, did you think Rakim lost it?" Rakim just didn't put out music because where would his music be played? There comes a time, and this is weird to say with us being hip-hop lovers, that you outgrow Hot 97. Is it a chicken-and-egg scenario between recording the new album and booking a tour? Wouldn't one influence the other? It's not like we don't have material to do. When we go out and perform now, we don't do new material. Now, as you get to the point that you can add new stuff on, ah man, this is great. I just think it's the perfect time. Now there are no boundaries. Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dj-jazzy-jeff-talks-new-album-with-will-smith-the-timing-is-perfect-20151009#ixzz3o4zErFae Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dj-jazzy-jeff-talks-new-album-with-will-smith-the-timing-is-perfect-20151009
  4. I've created a Facebook group for fans of Will's music if you want to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1631255050520588/ I figure we can share some rare music over there & discuss the new tracks/album.
  5. Will Smith in ‘Focus’ for Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE) http://variety.com/2013/film/news/will-smith-sets-sights-on-focus-exclusive-1200004959/
  6. Why in 2016 would a Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince tour matter? Will is 47, Jeff is 50, and they haven't released an official album together in 23 years. I think you have to understand hip hop and it's history and where it is now to understand it's importance. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince paved the way for hip hop becoming popular, acceptable andworthy of recognition (First Grammy Award). They have sold over 40 million records and yet have barely toured. Will has always been busy with a TV show, a movie career and bringing up a young family. Right now seems a perfect time to celebrate the legacy of Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. They have millions of fans young and old who found great joy from their music. It wasn't always serious, it was sometimes lighthearted, fun, feel good music. It's the kind of music that stays with you, that brings back positive memories. How can you not listen to Summertime and think of a warm sunny day and family barbecues? I think over the last few years Will has gotten away from what made him so successful, what made him so popular. The world tour and a return to music is exactly what the world needs right now. We want the Fresh Prince back, the YouTube views for Will & Jeff doing the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme on Graham Norton are a clear indication of the love people still have for some Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff. I think hip hop right now is really imbalanced. There is a lack of creditable female emcees, strong and positive messages and true artistry. The fact that young people think Will should stop rapping because he is 47 is a true sign of ignorance. I can't think of any other genre where a musician is told he has to stop making art because he's older. Is that what you would really say to Miles Davis or Charles Mingus or Donald Byrd? Would you tell James Brown to stop because he's older? Hell no! In fact with age comes wisdom so the music Will would create now would most likely be far more powerful than when he was younger. I know he has plenty to say. This Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince world tour should be a true celebration of what their music has done in the world. It has opened up doors to TV and to hollywood, to mainstream chart success and it has brought joy to so many people. No one ever did what Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince did now let's see them put on one of the great hip hop tours of all time.
  7. "Fiesta" is up for record of the year at the 16th Annual Latin Grammys, which takes place Nov. 19 in Las Vegas. (It airs on Univision from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.)Will Smith will be performing the remix live on stage.
  8. http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/is-will-smith-making-a-musical-comeback/story-e6frfn09-1227218024606 Is Will Smith making a musical comeback? 2 HOURS AGO FEBRUARY 13, 2015 6:41AM WILL Smith may be Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It again. He says he’s hoping to return to hip-hop and never stopped recording privately. Smith, whose last solo album was released in 2005, and Kanye West were photographed in a recording studio together in Brazil last February. “Oh, so you know. You’ve been paying attention?” the 46-year-old actor said in a recent interview. “I did a fun thing with Jimmy Fallon the other night messing with music, so you know, I got the bug. I might see if I got one more in me.” Smith was the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince with his childhood friend Jeffrey “DJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes. He starred in the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His films include Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness and the Men in Black movies. Smith won a Grammy for Gettin Jiggy Wit It. Source: AP Smith won a Grammy for Men In Black. Source: Getty Images “Over the years I’ve always recorded,” he said. “Yeah, tons of songs. But ... it’s nothing I like. Recording will be a part of my life forever whether or not I feel that something is of the quality for public consumption.” His new film, the crime comedy Focus, will be in theatres on March 5.
  9. FABOLOUS "WILL SMITH" FREESTYLE

    Well, when I first read about this, I thought Fabolous was giving props to FP, but it's actually just a standard freestyle that doesn't say too much. It opens with FP's lines from Pursuit of Happyness and ends with a really weak metaphor. BUT, for those who care... http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/new-music/2014/12/fabolous-will-smith-freestyle/
  10. Check out this video with Snoop Dogg and Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) giving JJ+FP crazy props and talking about their impact during the 80's. They talk about them early in the video, but the whole thing is actually very interesting and funny.
  11. Check out the list here: http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2013-09-26/25-most-expensive-music-videos/
  12. In-demand hip-hop producer, Mars from 1500 Or Nothin, reveals to XXLMag.com that Will Smith is working on a new rap album… La Mar “Mars” Edwards is one of the busiest producers in the game right now. He had a hand in most of the tracks for Game’s new LP, The R.E.D. Album, and he’s gearing up for the late September return to music by his close compatriots, T.I. “Definitely, that’s my brother, we got a company together,” Mars said on the phone form his home in LA about whether he has tracks already waiting for Tip once he gets out of prison next month. “He’ll always be my brother, he’ll always be a friend and production partner. I’ll always be working with Tip. He’s been sitting for a year. So I’ve been thinking about my brother. I have all different types of directions, all types of different stuff.” Mars and 1500 Or Nothin, his collective of producers/musicians, certainly have enough to stay busy in the interim. “We’re working on Tip, we’re working on the High School movie with Snoop and Wiz Khalifa. We’re working on Will Smith, bringing him back. That’s actually him on the other line right now. Snoop’s daughter, we just put out her first single. We’re doing the whole album. Mario wants me to d a mixtape with him, we’re working on that. I’m working on Ashanti. We’re just working on as much as possible.” Besides producing songs such as “Martians Vs Goblins” (featuring Tyler The Creator) and “Speakers on Blast” (with Big Boi and E-40) for Game, Mars is also one of the co-executive producers on The R.E.D. Album which drops on August 23. —Shaheem Reid http://www.xxlmag.co...omeback-albums/ :clap:
  13. Great interview. Interesting read: Source: http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/will-and-jaden-smith-on-working-together.html Mr. and Mr. Smith: Will and Jaden Psych Up for After Earth By Claire Hoffman Will Smith came up with the story for M. Night Shyamalan’s postapocalyptic drama After Earth, which opens May 31, while watching his son Jaden, 14, film The Karate Kid in China. The premise: A father is a best-in-class soldier who crash-lands with his son on a hostile planet Earth a thousand years in the future. The father, wounded, must watch from the sidelines as the son navigates treacherous terrain and fights terrible creatures in order to escape. The parallels to their adventures in Hollywood, Will says, are obvious. I’ve read that you believe life can be understood through patterns. Will: I’m a student of patterns. At heart, I’m a physicist. I look at everything in my life as trying to find the single equation, the theory of everything. Do you think there is a single theory to everything? Jaden: There’s definitely a theory to everything. Will: When you find things that are tried and true for millennia, you can bet that it’s going to happen tomorrow. Jaden: The sun coming up? Will: The sun coming up, but even a little more. Like for Best Actor Oscars. Almost 90 percent of the time, it’s mental illness and historical figures, right? So, you can be pretty certain of that if you want to win—as a man; it’s very different for women. The patterns are all over the place, but for whatever reason, it’s really difficult to find the patterns in Best Actress. Do you see patterns too, Jaden? Jaden: I think that there is that special equation for everything, but I don’t think our mathematics have evolved enough for us to even—I think there’s, like, a whole new mathematics that we’d have to learn to get that equation. Will: I agree with that. Jaden: It’s beyond mathematical. It’s, like, multidimensional mathematical, if you can sort of understand what I’m saying. Are both of you religious? Will: No, we are students of world religion. Seems like everyone’s excited about the idea that you might be religious. Will: We respect all [religions]. Okay. Who would you say is the biggest star in your family? Will and Jaden: [in unison] Willow! (Willow is Jaden’s 12-year-old sister.) Jaden: She just knows who she is, so she just is. Will: She has a magic power in the family. She absolutely demands the most attention, and there’s ­something really incendiary about a 12-year-old girl who says and does what she wants. You and Jaden have acted in two movies together, including After Earth. Are you planning on a third? Will: If you were a student of the pattern, you’d have to say we’re going to do another one. Jaden: I definitely would do another one, absolutely. You know, how Johnny Depp and Tim Burton always do movies together, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio? We’ll have a relationship like that. Do you think of that as a separate relationship from your father-son relationship? Jaden: It’s kind of like father and son, except that we’re both going to work together. [Points to his dad.] Like you worked in your family business with your dad. I’m just working in my family business with my dad. Patterns, boom. Jaden, how was working with your father this time around different from before? Jaden: Well, with the first movie [Pursuit of Happyness], he was teaching me along the way. This is how the camera works. You do several takes. Like, literally everything you need to know about movies. And then, in Karate Kid, he was kind of holding my hand and watching me distill those rules. And then on After Earth, he was like, All right, you’re an actor, I’m an actor, let’s make a movie together. So it was like a collaboration, you know what I’m saying? What is your dynamic when the whole family is on the set? Jaden: Willow basically does her thing. [They both laugh.] Dad kind of just is there. He has to feel his own vibe. And my mom is probably like, “Uh-uh. Tell Jaden he needs to do this.” Will: Yeah, Jada [Pinkett Smith] has really powerful insights and opinions about everything. You guys aren’t that way? Jaden: If we’re at a six, she’s like at an eight and a half. Like, when she comes on set and she sees something that’s not right, she says, “This needs to change, this needs to leave, this needs to happen.” Will: Yeah, I probably had a couple of poor parenting moments on this movie. Do you know what a fer-de-lance is? Jaden: It’s one of the most poisonous snakes in all of Costa Rica. Will: There were a couple of days where there was a high concentration of snakes [on the set]. Jaden: Fer-de-lances, not snakes! I was doing a scene, going through some tall grasses, and they said, “Hey, we caught some fer-de-lances around there, and there seems to be a lot more, and I think we should move the scene.” I was like, “How many fer-de-lances did you catch?” He’s like, “Eight.” Will: I said, “Well, you got them all, so it’s fine. Let’s just shoot it.” Yeah, if Mommy was there, that wouldn’t have gone down. As an actor, I felt like it was an authentic experience of actually being in Costa Rica. I learned it in Ali, man, when you actually have to go to the place and you take the flight and you are actually in the authentic space, it adds to your performance. Jaden, how does it feel to be famous? Jaden: I think it’s fun, except when people make up stuff about you. Then it’s not so much fun. But besides that, I enjoy it. It’s been reported that you might be dating Kylie Jenner. The Kardashians have treated their fame as the family business. Do you guys see yourselves as similar or different? [Will, laughing, holds up his hand for Jaden not to speak.] Jaden: I’m trying to understand. Will: Don’t. You know, he’s never had to, to deal with those kinds of questions. Well, forget the Kardashians … maybe you could just … Will: [Mimicking] “So how do you think your life is similar or un-similar to people’s names in Calabasas?” For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships—the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy. Fame is almost an inconsequential by-product of what we’re really trying to accomplish. We are trying to put great things into the world, we’re trying to have fun, and we’re trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love. So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us. Do you think Jaden could have been a dentist? Will: It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane. I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed. It’s less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn’t help with what he’d chosen. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help. Willow chose singing and then un-chose it. She said, “Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.” At the peak of “Whip My Hair,” she’s like, “Daddy, I’m done.” I was like, “Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got Annie [the upcoming movie remake, co-produced by Jay-Z], you know. It’ll be New York, you’ll be with Beyoncé. You can bring your friends.” And she said, “Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?” At the end of the day, it has to be their choice. So maybe Jaden could have been a dentist, but he probably couldn’t sit in his room doing nothing all day. Jaden: Probably not. Will: I think it was in Edward ­Kennedy’s autobiography, he said that he hadn’t found his way in his life, and his father sat down with him and said, We are a family that are trying to have valuable lives. You are allowed to decide whether or not you want your life to be valuable to the world, and I respect that decision. I’m just not going to have a lot of time for you. Essentially that is my position with my children. You can choose anything that you want to do, anything you want to be, and you can decide you want to act crazy and run around. I respect your ability to choose a life for yourself that does not have value to the world. I respect that. I’m just not going have a lot of time for you. In the past, Jada has described the family as transparent. Do you think that’s true? Jaden: Definitely. Will: Let me see. Are we transparent? Jaden: You can argue that we’re extremely un-transparent. Everybody knows where we live, but nobody really knows what our house looks like. Will: That’s true. Jaden: We kind of live in a fortress. Will: I think for the most part we are transparent in the sense that there’s very few big family secrets. I think that if Jaden or Trey [Will’s son from his first marriage] or Willow were to write a book ten years from now, it will be very similar to what people think. And, the things about our family that are mysteries or seem strange, when they’re explained, it’ll be obvious. You know, the forum of media that we’re in can’t really handle the complexity of things that we say all the time. What would be an example? Will: I did an interview where the only quote that everybody ran was “Will Smith doesn’t believe in punishment.” Well, that’s actually ridiculous. That’s not what I said, but the sound bite can’t actually hold the complexity of what I’m trying to say, you know. That there is a destructive aspect to corporal punishment that I don’t agree with. There are concepts and ideas about punishment that I think run counter to healthy growth and psychological stability in this world. But they just take one blurb. Jaden: They’re always gonna do that. Will: Yeah. What’s the blurb gonna be from this one? [Laughs] But for the most part I think we are very transparent, or maybe not transparent, but boring. You think you’re boring? Will: I think that if you were to come to the house, people would really be ­surprised at how simple and basic it is. Our whole dream for our home was for it to be an artist’s haven. So there are paint supplies; there’s a piano with a microphone and a recorder right there to capture things right in the second. There’s editing equipment. There are cameras. I think the only thing in our house that people would be surprised by is the efficiency. Like staffing? Will: No, just how serious we are about how the microphone at the piano has to be on and the recorder has to be ready to go for when somebody gets an idea. The paint supplies have got to be kept up—you know, you cannot go to paint something and a color’s empty. Is it true that you alphabetized your laser discs? Will: Yeah, I’m very, very serious about systems supporting creative inspiration. In the movie, Jaden, your character calls his dad “Sir.” Is that the dynamic with you guys? Jaden: In real life, no. It’s like how it is right now. How is it right now? Jaden: It’s hard for me to explain because it’s so normal to me. It’s like ­asking, “So, Jaden, how do you breathe?” He’s, like, really just cool. He lets us have our freedom as long as we can control our freedom. In After Earth, the father is a general who is injured and has to watch his son fight for his life. Was this a metaphor for what it’s like sending your kid into Hollywood? Will: Absolutely. That’s what I wanted the metaphor of this movie to be. A father having to watch as his son makes mistakes in the world, and in an extreme place of life or death. It is the excruciating parental pain of having to let your kids go, and you just have to hope that the lessons you’ve instilled will kick in at the right time. Will, what kind of relationship did you have with your father? Will: You know, I grew up where you got the hospital corners on the beds. I grew up with old-school rules where you speak when you’re spoken to. There were hugely powerful ideas about discipline and spirituality. You were baptized. Will: Baptized. Went to a Catholic school. Lived in a Jewish neighborhood. My mother worked on the school board, so she was very serious about education, and my grandmother was in the church. So there was a huge amount of discipline, and I’m trying to maintain some of the old ideals, minus the ownership. We don’t own our children, you know. They own themselves. Not to go too far into that, talking about slavery concepts and how the black community is carrying those … Jaden: If we started going down that road, Mommy would, like, burst into this room. In terms of mistakes, Will, early on in your career you had a period of years where most of your wages were garnished for not paying taxes. Have you educated Jaden about all the money he’s making? Will: Yeah, you know, we met with ­Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and we’re trying to design a ­curriculum for children to understand even the basic connection between a bank and capitalism. I mean, I’m very serious with my kids about them comprehending the intricacies of global finance. Is it hard to educate your kids to be responsible about money when they grew up with wealth? Will: It’s funny. Willow and Trey went in completely the opposite direction. Like, Willow only shops at Target. Jaden is really the only one of my kids that has a little bit of a taste for, uh … Jaden: I like Cartier. Will: That’s a little new. Jaden: The Cartier is new, but before that it was Louis [Vuitton]. Will: Yes, he has a little bit of a taste. But he connects his responsibility to working and creating to the fun that he enjoys with the finer things. So, Jaden, you like spending the money you earn? Jaden: Well, when you say it like that, not really. There was a time in my life when I’d go to Cartier, like, every weekend for like a month. But, now I’m … What would you buy? Jaden: I have four rings I’m not wearing today. I haven’t bought anything that expensive in a really long time. The only thing I buy is, like, food and skateboards. Will: Once he started approving his own bank statements and credit cards and all, yeah, he changed. I heard that you and Jada were going to write a book together? Will: It feels like you can’t write books in progress. Jaden: Give them ten years. They’ll drop a book every year. You feel like they have a lot to say? Jaden: Yes, like 900 pages, both of them, so it’ll be like two books a year. He drops his book, she drops her book. Will: Our kids get an earful around the house just on every topic, every subject. Jaden: If I’m with my friends, and they’ll be like, “Oh, hey, where’s your dad? Let’s go say hi.” And I’ll be like, “Oh, no. He’s watching hours and hours of ted talks just … Dude, don’t go in there.” Last time I went in there, he said, “Jaden, so the art of telling stories is an art that you really have to learn. I want you to read Aesop’s Fables.” “Dad, I’ve read Aesop’s Fables three times.” “Honestly, you can’t read it enough.” But when you’re on your way to see a 9:15 movie and it’s nine o’clock, he’s like, “Wait, wait, Jaden, I need to tell you something about life, man.” *This article originally appeared in the June 3, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.
  14. Here's some freshness being breathed into "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)." This would certainly have been better for MIB3 compared to that Pitbull song...even with the lyrics referencing the second movie.
  15. Tomorrow on April 23rd, also known as “After Earth” Day (the day after Earth Day), Will and Jaden Smith will be participating in a moderated and curated discussion via Google Hangout that addresses innovations for the future. The After Earth Day Google+ Hangout will be moderated by futurist Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. Joining Kurzweil will be Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and the co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal; the environmental advocate, explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau; NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, an Indian American astronaut and a United States Navy officer who holds the record for longest space flight by a woman. The key topic will involve the preservation of Earth and humanity but also the science of the future. http://www.youtube.com/embed/RocpHuJWolc Also, for additional updates, go to www.facebook.com/AfterEarth and join in on the conversation online using #AfterEarth www.AfterEarth.com www.twitter.com/AfterEarth
  16. Jada Pinkett Smith on the Divorce Rumors: Enough Already! By Maggie Coughlan 08/10/2012 at 10:05 AM EDT Jada Pinkett Smith Courtesy ESSENCE Will Smith See more photos, news and a full bio Jada Pinkett Smith is an experienced hand at dealing with rumors she's headed for divorce. "It seems like that happens at least once a year, or at least once every two years," Pinkett Smith, 40, tells September's Essence. "It's rumored that we're getting a divorce. But no. We're not getting a divorce. Where am I gonna go? Where am I going to go?" she says of her 15-year marriage to husband Will Smith. "That's my boo. It's like he's another part of me." The Madagascar 3 star, who is mom to Jaden, 14, and Willow, 11, knows that living her life in the spotlight comes with consequences. Aside from defending her relationship with Smith, 44, Pinkett Smith is now dealing with how the public perceives her daughter as she steps out into a musical career. "How people feel about Willow is how people feel about Willow. But what I'm most concerned about is how Willow feels about herself," she says. "She's an independent, courageous, genius, talented little girl. I'm happy for her, that she can just be who she is." It was Willow who recently made a discovery that changed Pinkett Smith's life. After Willow shared with the viral Kony 2012 video about child soldiers in Uganda, Pinkett Smith was driven to learn more about how she could help endangered children, specifically victims of sex trafficking. She's since urged Congress to fight trafficking, launched a website and met with victims. "We're all affected by this," she says. "And one woman is one woman too many. We have to extend beyond ourselves" to help those who've been enslaved.
  17. Will Smith is making his comeback once again, (if you want to call it a comeback, I think we all knew he'd release a new album eventually, being a musician is like the pringles theme, once you pop you can't stop) and we're all excited. I think this MIB will be awesome and i'm psyched for him to drop his new album. Hopefully he doesn't collab with too many people, I would hate to wait so long for new material only to find that he had to dumb it down to mesh with whoever else is on the track. ....I just feel like Will has an opportunity here to do something to help bring the industry back from the trash heap it's been in since he went on hiatus. I don't know. I'm so sick of the trash on the radio and television, I want somebody in hollywood to tell the industry to go screw itself. I want Will Smith to keep propagating the good message he's always stuck to. Maybe if he just voiced his opinion it would remind everybody we can be individuals and not just some collective herd of sheep.
  18. http://thebreakdownshow.com/fresh-prince-actor-ross-bagley-talks-will-smith-nba He was an intern in Overbrook Entertainemnt. God for him!