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Will Smith Reinvents ‘Fresh Prince’ Theme For Superbowl Advert: Look + Listen

To celebrate the upcoming premiere the Fresh Prince reboot Will Smith debuted his Super Bowl commercial on Wednesday (2.09) with a new version of the show’s iconic theme song.

With help of a female beatboxer and before being joined by a parade of multicultural musicians, rappers and average Joes, including an accordion player, a young Black man dancing in an airport, an Indian tuba player and more, the superstar actor actor kicks things off via FaceTime, rapping:

“In West Philadelphia born and raised/ On the playground is where I spent most of my days/ When a couple of guys who were up to no good/ Started making trouble in the neighborhood/ I got in one little fight and my mom got scared/ And said, ‘You’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air.”

Titled Bel-Air, the reboot of Smith’s hit ’90s sitcom is set to premiere via Peacock on Super Bowl Sunday (2.13) and stars newcomer Jabari Banks as a young Will, with Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones and Simone Joy Jones rounding out the principal cast.

The original Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran for six seasons on NBC from 1990 to 1996, and catapulted Smith from successful rapper to A-list superstar.  And on Tuesday (2.08) Smith’s latest film, King Richard, nabbed six nominations at the upcoming 2022 Academy Awards — including a best actor nod for the star as well as Beyoncé‘s first-ever Oscar nomination for best original song.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Tais Melillo