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Will Smith Raps With 10-Year Old Bass Player: Look + Listen

Several days prior to tonight’s Academy Awards that mark one year since the slap heard ’round the world, Will Smith took to Instagram on Thursday (3.09) to share a video duetting with a 10-year-old bass player Ellen Alaverdyan.

In the social media clip, Alaverdyan plays the smooth base line of Smith’s 1997 track, “Just the Two of Us,” as the now 54-year-old controversial celebrity raps the lyrics over the melody. “Wow!! @ellenplaysbass, this is FANTASTIC. You are the Sweetest!” he captioned the post, tagging his musician friends Jac Ross and ELEW to add their spins on the track.

“@willsmith THANK YOU FOR THIS MAGIC [red heart emojis],” the 10-year-old budding star musician captioned a repost of Smith’s video, along with a sweet comment on his original post, writing “[red heart emojis] THANK YOU WILL [star emoji].”

In a recent sit-down with David Letterman for his Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Smith discussed how he felt about the “soft” reputation that surrounded his 1980’s pop rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, though he never faced pressure to quit music. “Not pressure as much as it was always that I was soft. I hated that, being called soft.”

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Gage Skidmore