Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
A few weeks ago, Will Smith announced he would soon be recording a new album. Will Smith last released new music, in 2005, with his album, Lost & Found. The album featured Smith's hit single, "Switch," which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Following his 2005 album, Will Smith returned to producing television shows and starring in movies.
When Will Smith announced his new album, he said he would be working with many of the current hip hop stars. Smith also said his new album would contain a few surprises. Early in his career, Will Smith worked with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Childhood friends, Smith always kept him near, even when they ended their partnership.
Despite their partnership ending, DJ Jazzy Jeff is still Will Smith's performance DJ. Jazzy Jeff revealed he and Smith talked a couple of weeks ago and he told him he wanted to record with him. The duo are not working on a timed schedule, DJ Jazzy Jeff just wants to see what they can do while they are in the studio together.
Speaking on Will Smith "going Hollywood," DJ Jazzy Jeff said Will Smith never wanted to not do music, it was the bigger checks in movies that kept him away from hip hop. However, still, Will Smith has remained close to the hip hop scene. As Will Smith is working on his first album in six years, his daughter, Willow, is working on her debut album with Roc Nation.