Big Willie Style

Big Willie Style

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by Will Smith
     
 

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As the Fresh Prince, Will Smith and his wiseacre DJ, Jazzy Jeff, won the first Grammy Award given to a hip-hop group for their lighthearted "Parents Just Don't Understand." Little of hip-hop's standard iconography -- violence, drugs, dirty money, preposterously "hot" women -- exist in Willie's world. Instead, BIG WILLIE STYLE comes from the perspective of a man more… See more details below

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As the Fresh Prince, Will Smith and his wiseacre DJ, Jazzy Jeff, won the first Grammy Award given to a hip-hop group for their lighthearted "Parents Just Don't Understand." Little of hip-hop's standard iconography -- violence, drugs, dirty money, preposterously "hot" women -- exist in Willie's world. Instead, BIG WILLIE STYLE comes from the perspective of a man more than happy with his affluent house in the 'burbs and the beautiful wife inside -- and it may just be the first good rap record even soccer moms could love. His good-natured attitude is all over hits like "Getting Jiggy with It," "Miami," and "Just the Two of Us," in which he takes the Bill Withers tune and raps an ode to his son. BIG WILLIE was huge in helping to establish hip-hop's chart dominance in 1998 -- moreover, any rapper who suburban grandmothers can get jiggy with must be doing something right.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Will Smith wisely decided not to change his style too much on Big Willie Style, the first record he released since becoming a major movie star with appearances in Independence Day and Men in Black. Instead of trying to toughen his image, Smith continued with the friendly, humorous pop-rap that has been his trademark since He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper. Of course, he gives the music a glossy modern sheen (ironically based on early-'80s funk) in order to prove that he's still hip -- and it works. Sure, there's filler scattered all the way the through the album, but the best moments -- the disco-thumping "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," the Larry Blackmon duet "Candy," the ballad "I Loved You," and the riotous "Men in Black" -- rank among his best singles.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972665023
catalogNumber:
726650
Rank:
33229

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Smith   Primary Artist
Cameo   Track Performer
Trey Lorenz   Background Vocals
Fuzzy   Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Larry Blackmon   Track Performer
Lanar Brantley   Bass Guitar
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince   scratching
Timothy Christian Riley   Keyboards
Sauce   Multi Instruments
Ryan Toby   Vocals
Trisha Covington   Background Vocals
Camp Lo   Track Performer
Kenny Greene   Background Vocals
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes   Track Performer
Valvin Roane   Vocals
Tia Mintze   Vocals
Keith Winfield   Keyboards
Coko   Background Vocals
David Foreman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Patrice Rushen   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
Samuel Barnes   Composer
Rob Chiarelli   drum programming
William Salter   Composer
Sauce   Producer
Jeff Townes   Producer,Engineer
Fred Washington   Composer
Ken "Duro" Ifill   Engineer
Terri McFadden   Composer
Poke   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
L.E.S.   Producer,drum programming
Will Smith   Composer
Valvin Roane   Producer
Andreao "Fanatic" Heard   Producer
Keith Pelzer   Producer,Engineer
Tone   Producer,drum programming
Joe Robinson   Composer

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