Did You Know Rappers Were ‘Annoyed’ by Will Smith’s Most Iconic Role Ever?

Published 06/15/2023, 3:30 PM EDT

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Will Smith has always seemed like a perfect fit for the entertainment industry. His raw acting, dialogue delivery, and dedication to his work are what made him a superstar today. He is that rare bona fide movie star who has pleased audiences with his variety of roles in the past decades. Years later, the Oscar winner doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon.

With such huge achievements and millions of followers, nobody can imagine that his acting work could ever displease people. But many would be shocked to know it actually did once, and it is related to his most iconic role.

Will Smith once faced the fury of his fellow rappers 

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When we talk about his legendary role, what pops into your mind? The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Right! It does make sense considering the fame he garnered with his namesake role. Not to mention, the Bad Boys star was actually nicknamed the Fresh Prince for bringing this change in pop culture. However, this representation somehow failed to impress some of his fellow hip-hop peers. Producer and writer of the show, Susan Borowitz noted that some rappers did not like this transition as reported by Cheat Sheet.

She revealed that they were happy to see how young kids were inspired by this sitcom. The influence that Smith’s character created deeply impacted the households in America. On the other hand, some musicians were angry and blamed the Aladdin star for spoiling their culture for the “white-class audience”.

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Well, it was just a thing of the past which settled down with time, and now all his peers truly adore him for his achievements. Meanwhile, fans are currently focused on whether the 50th anniversary of hip-hop will reunite him with his buddy DJ Jazzy Jeff. Considering this duo has made some of the most significant contributions to this hip-hop world.

The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff are pioneers of the hip-hop genre

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More than twenty years have passed since we heard any collaborative music created by Will Smith and his beloved friend. The pair was majorly active at the end of the 90s. Together, they have done things that were only a dream for their community at one time. They were the first group to take home the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1989. Not to forget, they have sold more than  5.5 million albums in the US in their early years of partnership.

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Even now, when they do not make music, they have remained close friends and claimed they will never part ways. The biggest proof of this oath is their performance in September 2019.

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What do you think about rappers not liking Smith’s Fresh Prince back in the days? Leave your comments below!

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Shikha Arya

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Shikha Arya is an experienced entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, having contributed over 1000 articles to the platform. She holds a Master's degree in English Literature from a prestigious university and has honed her writing skills over three years. Shikha's forte lies in crafting thought-provoking pieces about the lives of pop culture icons.

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