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Will Smith Set The Standard As A Positive Male Role Model In Hip-Hop That Has Yet To Be Surpassed

Will Smith's "Big Willie Style" turns 20 this year. Will Smith already had a "fresh" start to his acting and music career before releasing his debut solo album Big Willie Style in November of 1997. Our beloved American sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had just ended a six-year run the year before, and Smith stepped away from collaborating with longtime partner Jazzy Jeff to jump right into film projects such as Independence Day in 1996 and Men in Black in 1997. It was also a very busy year for Smith having just gotten married to current wife J... read more

Will Smith already had a “fresh” start to his acting and music career before releasing his debut solo album Big Willie Style in November of 1997. Our beloved American sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had just ended a six-year run the year before, and Smith stepped away from collaborating with longtime partner Jazzy Jeff to jump right into film projects such as Independence Day in 1996 and Men in Black in 1997. It was also a very busy year for Smith having just gotten married to current wife Jada Pinkett Smith (and still going strong 20 years later). But Smith returned to music, and began working with producers on Big Willie Style in 1996, and collaborating with artists

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