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Awkward interview with the Fresh Prince (1989)


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Apparently, after this interview, when JJFP were going to do the show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Fresh Prince "came in, took a look around and canceled two sold-out shows".

You can listen to it here:

https://baltimorepositive.com/will-smith-talks-about-life-as-fresh-prince-with-dj-jazzy-jeff-and-dc-club-show-before-he-was-a-movie-star-in-1989/

Source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2015/12/31/as-the-930-club-turns-35-we-explore-some-of-its-biggest-secrets/

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I wouldn't say the interview was awkward.  It's just...bad. It sounds like they are just having a phone call, not an interview.  The interviewer sucks and FP seems to bounce that (lack of) energy back.  The interviewer almost seems like he's trying to annoy him by saying that it's a smaller venue. 

It's funny, because of all the many concerts I've gone to over the years, I've never gone to one at the 9:30 Club. There have been plenty of artists I've wanted to see there, but they they always seemed to lean into rock, grunge, and punk acts, which I don't listen to. I've only ever heard that it's not the kind of venue that tries to be overly fancy, but plenty of big names have played there.  Miley Cyrus performed there when she was at her pop music peak. I find it a little strange that he canceled two sold out shows.  I've never heard of someone in Hip-Hop being critical of the venue....especially in those days. 

I think it's funny that they turned down his request for free tickets when he was one of the biggest stars in the world.  They should have been like "if you re-book your two shows with us". I would have been at both. 

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