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  1. anyone got a different link to this interview?
  2. he's a very solid actor. i wouldn't say he's great, he's no Denzel/Deniro/Hoffman but he's very good. he himself says he doesn't think he's that great of actor, he just works very very hard and that's where he excels, I think that pretty much sums it up. he was amazing in "Ali" though, i think that's his best performance to date.
  3. Will is the man but in his last like three movies it's felt like the second half / ending of the films were rushed or just not put together well for some reason, maybe this is why.
  4. i can not get that song out of my head, i love it. would love the instrumental.
  5. I don't see any reason why a movie like this can't do 200-250 million. it's will smith, its a cool ass plot, its action, and...it's will smith. my prediction, 230 million in the usa alone. around 55 million first week.
  6. On Will Smith helping him get over his jealousy of Kutcher: "During some very dark hours he talked to me about it. He said, 'Dude, you've got to do whatever it takes to get the kids and all the spouses or the girlfriend together. You've got to show your kids it's okay.' It was like a light went on. Ding. So Will, thanks. And thanks for all those good movies you're making."
  7. Thats not true. Almost everyone i know who wants an album will go out and buy a physical copy of it. That is just a better musical experience. nah. i go out and buy the actual albums too but, people like me are clearly in the minority nowadays, i don't know ANYONE else who actually goes to a record store and buys the album. this is why the music industry has seen such a decline in the last couple of years and record companies aren't putting as much marketing/promotion dollars into projects anymore. look at justin timberlake's album, if this was 5 years ago that album would have sold 6 million by now, but in today's industry he's somewhere around 3 million. ringtones are becoming the new "record sales" sadly, since nobody sells records anymore these guys are pulling in a lot of money off their ringtones.
  8. a few things to take into consideration.... 1. 700 thousand sold in today's music business is an incredible feat considering almost no one actually goes and buys cd's anymore. 2. Will Smith is considered "old school" by most, and old school rappers NEVER sell. plus on top of that he's will smith, the kids that listen to rap today are into the street, shoot em up, bang bang guys, so will was totally at a disadvantage dropping this cd and he STILL sold 700k. can you name 10 other rappers who have dropped albums since then that have sold that much? really, think about it. outside of 50, Jay-Z, TI, Jeezy, Luda, Chamillionaire and probably 2 or 3 more guys there is no one who sold that amount of records. 3. Will is an international superstar. I don't know what the worldwide numbers are but I am sure that worldwide he's platinum by now.
  9. On the commentary track for "Jersey Girl" they speak very highly of Will, saying that he is truly THEE nicest person that either of them has ever met in Hollywood and its totally not a fake niceness, he's geniunely a nice person. Ben Affleck said Will told him that he could come running with him in the morning (he says Will wakes up every morning at 5 am and runs 8 miles) and Ben Affleck told him he loves him but NO WAY, that's too brutal for him. Also, Kevin James added that Will took the absolute least amount of money an actor can take to appear in the movie. Also, its a very good movie. It got trashed because "Gigli" came out right before it so automatically the critics and the people didn't want to see another film with ben and jen in it, but its a very nice film. will's scene is the best, of course.
  10. heres a much better video for "nightmare on my street". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBfxe11YzXc
  11. i'll take any but i really would like "Miami". And "Just Crusin".
  12. anybody have any or know where I can find them?
  13. "If you ever picture it at all, the music you might expect to hear pumping from the stereo at Will Smith's house is probably some old-school hip-hop: Spoonie Gee, classic KRS-One, a bit of Grandmaster Flash. But if wife Jada Pinkett Smith is home, "Onstage, I'm giving them Jada, versus me giving them a character. And some people like Jada and some don't." — Jada Pinkett Smith it's more likely to be an ear-bleeding mix of metal from Mastodon, A Dozen Furies, Otep and Bury Your Dead. "I listened to all kinds of metal as a kid," said Pinkett Smith, who has spent the past few years honing her hard-rock chops as frontwoman of Wicked Wisdom, a band that's put in such serious road time lately that the actress has been all but invisible on the big screen since its formation four years ago. "Metallica, Guns N' Roses. I would always look at Axl Rose and say, 'Why aren't there any chicks out there doing this now?' I always wanted an opportunity to get out there and rock out." So in 2002 Pinkett Smith decided it was now or never. She called a friend in the music biz and asked him to help her get a band together and shortly after, she met the Zakk Wylde to her Ozzy, guitarist Pocket Honore. At first, the group tried out a "rock/soul fusion thing" that didn't quite feel right, hitting the road in 2004 opening for the European leg of Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel tour. "It was on that tour that we realized we wanted a more metal thing and we started writing more on that tip," she said. "It just started getting heavier and heavier, and that's when it clicked for us." Around that time, Honore brought on keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Cameron Graves and former Fishbone drummer Phillip "Fish" Fisher. While Pinkett Smith was finding her inner demon as the band worked out grinders like "You Can't Handle This" in the studio, the real trial by fire came last summer when the untested group hit the Ozzfest stage (see "Ozzfest Gets Jiggy? Jada Pinkett Smith's Band Added To Lineup"). Honore, who cut his chops working on R&B and hip-hop tracks with everyone from Erykah Badu to Patti LaBelle, gave up his lucrative production/session playing career to sign on with Pinkett Smith. He said the actress was understandably nervous when they first started playing together, but by the time they hit Ozzfest, her confidence was apparent. "At first it was too cute and we all agreed it had to be more brutal," he said. "Cameron is big into Meshuggah and I love Slipknot, so we played her some tracks along those lines and she said, 'Yeah, right there!' " Four lineups and two albums' worth of material later, the band jelled, and Honore was ready for anything that Ozzfest crowds could dish out. "I done been in barroom brawls before," he said, citing some early dates that were a bit rocky. "But once word got out that we weren't a joke, people started coming out and by the sixth or seventh gig we were on fire." Pinkett Smith, who listened to everything from Duran Duran to Led Zeppelin, John Coltrane, Prince, Pink Floyd and Mozart as a kid, described the feeling of rocking onstage as being wholly different from kicking ass as Niobe in "The Matrix" sequels. "Onstage, I'm giving them Jada, versus me giving them a character," she said. "And some people like Jada and some don't, and that's part of it. It really grounds you and empowers you when you can get onstage and know you had a good show someplace where no one's ever heard of you. And the audience might not be that enthusiastic, but you rocked out and had a good-ass time. The difference is when you do a crappy movie in Hollywood, everyone says 'great job.' On Ozzfest, if you're crappy they get you off the stage and you know where you stand. Nobody's out there clapping because they want to protect your feelings." Though songs like "Don't Hate Me" do have Pinkett Smith showing off her Korn-inspired rap skills, hubby Will has made a conscious effort to let Wicked Wisdom stay Jada's thing. Besides, she knows she doesn't flow well. "I asked him about my little rap thing on that song and he was like, 'You know, it's cool.' " Opinion on Wisdom's upcoming self-titled debut album (out February 21) is split in the Smith household. While son Jaden likes mommy's songs, he's more of a hip-hop head and is always asking for Will's music. Five-year-old daughter Willow, however, is a huge metal fan. "She has as better growl than I do," Pinkett Smith said. "I dropped her off at school the other day and she said, 'You know I'll have a better band than you do.' " You've been warned. Look for Bloody Eye on Ozzfest 2018. Except for a pair of projects she's considering for this summer, Pinkett Smith has put her acting on hold to concentrate on Wicked Wisdom. They are currently on the road opening for Sevendust and have more dates planned for late summer and fall. "This is passion," she said, pointing to some of the dark themes she wrote about on such songs as "Bleed All Over Me" (codependency) and "Something Inside of Me" (pedophilia) as examples of the release the band affords her. "I feel really blessed and grateful to have this opportunity." Wicked Wisdom track listing, according to Pinkett Smith: "Yesterday Don't Mean" "Something Inside of Me" "One" "Bleed All Over Me" "Cruel Intentions" "You Can't Handle" "Forgiven" "Set Me Free" "Don't Hate Me" "Reckoning" Wicked Wisdom tour dates, according to the band's publicist: 2/2 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's 2/3 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever 2/4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's 2/5 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live 2/9 - Springfield, IL @ The Warehouse 2/11 - Appleton, WI @ The Checkered Flag 2/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 2/14 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre 2/16 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy 2/17 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy 2/21 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater 2/25 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 2/26 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues 2/28 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues 3/2 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre 3/3 - Las Vegas @ House of Blues — Gil Kaufman
  14. Will Smith: Illseed's Person of the Year illseed "I'm not tryna be like Will Smith cause Will Smith is not a real rapper. He was more of a bubble gum rapper. The only real rappers out there right now are Me, Kanye, 50, and maybe Jay. But Jay ain't in it like that no more." - Bow Wow, XXL Magazine Will Smith. Illseed’s Person of the Year. Where do I begin? Let me begin, not with Will, but with Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop community, you have been extremely hard on Will Smith, the emcee. I say the emcee, because the man formerly known as the Fresh Prince is an emcee. To “rap” fans, Will’s career started with something like “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It;” however, I recall when he was rhyming live in Union Square, moving the crowd with his “brand new funk.” Actually, it officially began many years ago with an album called Rock the House with DJ Jazzy Jeff, one of the best DJ’s our culture has ever produced. The album, released in 1987, boasted then-hardcore songs like “Just Rockin’” to hits like “Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble” to Jazzy’s scratchfest, “A Touch of Jazz.” But through the years, Will and Jeff killed it with the hottest albums (He’s the DJ/I’m the Rapper), timeless commercial joints (“Parents Just Don’t Understand”), and tours with the likes of Run DMC and Public Enemy, and actually maintained something called respectability in their music. Shoot, in 1989, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince were among the first hip-hop artists to boycott the Grammys for not respecting Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop heads: read, research, and respect that man. On to Bow Wow: Make no mistake about it, there were times when Will lost his way sonically, but he always maintained respect as a man and artist who mostly stuck to his guns, while evolving. So, as I look at you, clearly a bubble gum rapper making a play at gangsta, disrespecting a man like Will, it causes me anxiety. You bother me, Bow Wow. Your excessive tats are a façade to me, your oversized platinum fronts are a real front to me, and you are arrogant beyond your rap skill set. I know you’re young and finding your way through puberty, but that brazen quote is an act of rap treason. Moreover, it’s a betrayal of your roots in pop rap – embrace what you are. You and Will Smith aren’t true peers even though there are similarities. Will has sold gazillions of records and has classic albums to his credit, not to mention an acting career that could make him the next Denzel Washington. I don’t hate you, young man, but I want you understand that, like it or not, you are an extension of the Fresh Prince (movies like Roll Bounce, Johnson Family Vacation and CDs like…all of them). Will was diversifying he role and marketability of the rap artist before you rapped with Snoop on Arsenio Hall. He, and others like him, pioneered a road for people like you and Nick Cannon. So, I applaud Will Smith. At the 2005 American Music Awards, Will Smith and his sleeper-hit Lost and Found managed to defeat 50 Cent and others for “Favorite Male Artist: Pop/Rock.” In his speech, he spoke in a manner that exemplified integrity: “I made a commitment a long time ago, to my grandmother, [about] the type of person I was gonna be, the type of music I was gonna make, the type of movies I was gonna make,” he said after thanking God and Interscope Records. “I was making a commitment to my grandmother and y’all supported me in that. Y’all know what kind of world it is...to stay committed to principles, to stay committed to ideas in the face of a world where things are leaning in another direction. There is a gravitational pull to negativity, and I just want y’all to know I’ma hold it down as long as I can.” There is a reason he won his American Music Award, and it’s not because 50 wasn’t there. African Americans and Hip-Hop didn’t properly support our Fresh Prince. Meanwhile, on Top 40 and “White” radio outlets, he was getting burn with the catchy song “Switch.” If so-called real Hip-Hop fans take a moment to listen to songs like “Tell Me Why,” they would find that this man is spewing poignant, memorable and sicker lyrics than most contemporaries. Furthermore, Will doesn’t cuss for the f**k of it. He can rhyme without slutting out his women, out-thugging out his n***as, and destroying his promise to his grandmother. To Will Smith: Bow Wow might consider you to be some corny, pop rapper, but I’m here to let you know there are many of us that actually respect your personal gangsta. Furthermore, we cherish songs like “Brand New Funk,” “Summertime,” and we can forgive you for stinkers like “Boom! Shake The Room.” I know with your movie money alone, you could have Bow Wow merked off and pay his mother to keep quiet, but you would never do such a thing. I know he’s a kid, but he’ll realize soon what I have known for years. On the sneak, we know about your real estate ventures in your Philly hometown, commitment to family, fans and your own legacy that’s spanned decades. DECADES. Nothing bubblegum about that! You are Will Smith and you live above the bottom feeders, the rap maggots, and those with arms too short to box with a rap god! Will Smith is the “Illseed Person of 2005!” Congrats! P.S. Bow Wow, no hard feeling, homey! I still love the fact that you defecated on my life with that line, “under 21 with a Black Card.” Illseed is an AllHipHop.com columnist and independent cultural critic, but AHH’s staff thinks he’s lost it (Big Up To Big Will though, winner of the comeback of 2005 award!). Email him at ahhrumors@gmail.com.
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