Will Smith

Will Smith shares his wisdom.
During a day off from shooting his new filmGemini Manin Budapest, the iconic rapper-actor sat down for a wide-ranging interview with TIDALs Rap Radar podcast where he discussed his return to hip-hop. Smith is currently in the studio recording new material, and has been inspired by social media and the 7-track album formats recently popularized by Kanye West.
I just started writing again, just tryna find the way to say the stuff thats in my mind, he said. Im burning again creatively, and I have outlets that Ive never had before.
The 49-year-old legend, who has become an Instagram sensation, also opened up about his family life and the secret to a happy marriage. He and wife Jada Pinkett Smith recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
Plus, he reflected on the legacy of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, his fathers death, and todays rappers including J. Cole and Drake.
ON NEW MUSIC:Summertime and Brand New Funk are the two [classic] records Ive made and I think I got more in me. Im in the studio now and I have real things to say. Thats the thing thats gonna be new and different and interesting about the music that I create going forward.
ON WHY HE JOINED SOCIAL MEDIA:Social media demands authenticity. Social media pushes you more and more into having you reveal whats true. Cause if you dont, TMZ is going to. Its a beautiful thing. Im actually enjoying the push. Nobodys happy that doesnt get to be themselves. Im enjoying the social demand for authenticity.
ON BEING CRITICIZED AS SOFT:That was a difficult time coming up. It was always difficult [to hear] people say I was soft and my music was cotton candy. I always wanted to fight to prove myself. Fighting yourself to maintain positivity is the hardest fight you ever gon have. That struggle to just stay my course, be the person in the world that I wanted to be no matter what people said. I started to call it offensive positivity.
ON THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR:I had no idea that Fresh Prince would have that kind of impact. When I look back on it, I can see. It was like, Duh. The intracultural racism between the rich blacks and poor blacks and the idea of being uprooted and put into the full mainstream white world, I can see where those ideas would make for a rich show.
ON TRUMP AND HIS FATHERS DEATH:My father died on Nov. 7 and Trump was elected on Nov. 8. I literally dont know which one of those was worse for me. That time was a deep changing for me in my life. My father dying sort of released me to be me.
ON JADENS BATMAN OUTFIT THAT HE WORE TO KANYE AND KIMS WEDDING:Ye was cool. Yo, I love that! Kim was a little bit like, Jaden’
ON HE AND JADAS 20TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:We dont even say were married anymore. We refer to ourselves as life partners, where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life. Theres no deal breakers. Theres nothing she could doever. Nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support till death and it feels so good to get to that space.
ON DRAKE:Drake I think has had the most interesting success in the last four or five years. Its so hard to sustain success today. The social media part of it is such a burn that its hard to sustain. The fact that Drake has been able to sustain is really interesting to me. Its why I like working in the Instagram, 60-second format. You get to feed it, but youre not burning 15, 18 minutes worth of content.