Will Smith is going to BOOM! Shake-shake-shake the room again—and on a larger level, pretty soon!
Last fall, the 47-year-old actor returned to his rap roots for the first time in 10 years, appearing on the remix of Bomba Estéreo's "Fiesta." On the BBC talk series The Graham Norton Show, in an episode airing Friday, he revealed plans for a larger music comeback, which includes new tracks and a tour with, yes, fellow Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum and longtime collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff, 51.
"We've recorded about 25 songs and have four or five I actually like," said Will, who last released an album in 2005. "Jeff and I will be back here [in the U.K.] this summer to do shows, real shows."
The actor had made similar comments on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio on Apple Music in October, saying he has "probably" recorded about 30 songs and that he and Jazz planned to embark on their first world tour this summer.
"I'm terrified," he said, adding, "I'm really ready, man, I got a whole lotta heart to share and I'm excited about getting it into my music."
The two won the first Grammy award for best rap performance in 1989 for their hit song "Parents Just Don't Understand" and last released new music together in the late '90s. They have reunited for small performances several times over the years. In 2014, the actor joined the DJ at a Las Vegas pool party, where they performed their 1991 single "Summertime" and other tracks.
Smith's role on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the '90s led to major acting gigs—notably Independence Day and the Men in Black movies. He later received Oscar nods for his performances in Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith recently played a pathologist in the sports drama Concussion, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. He did not receive an Oscar nod for the film.
He and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are among the critics of the lack of diversity among the current roster of acting nominees for this year's Oscars. Jada was among the first celebs to express her views about it, posting several tweets, and the couple later vowed to boycott the ceremony.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum Janet Hubert, the first of two actresses to play his character's Aunt Viv and who been feuding with Will for years, slammed the couple over their stance about the Oscars in a scathing online video.
"I'm a member of the Academy, so I felt very seriously that there's a sort of, a kind of a regression in America in generation, a regression towards separatism and racial and religious exclusion," Will said on The Graham Norton Show.
"So for me, it's more about putting my hand up and reminding the community, the Hollywood community, that we have to lead, that diversity is America's superpower," he said. "That's what makes our country great. In Hollywood, we've got to be pushing forward, even in a time of a wider regression."
Smith told the BBC Friday he "was very pleased at how quickly and aggressively the Academy responded" to the issue.