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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In retrospect, the point at which Will Smith went too far was with 1999's "Freakin' It," on which, over samples from "Love Hangover" and "Rapper's Delight," he boasted of his movie earnings, defended himself against charges of being a "soft" rapper, and criticized his peers. It was hard to dispute any of his arguments though the citation of the American Music Awards as an example of his superiority seemed a bit of a stretch, but the song also emphasized -- in the wrong way, as far as fans were concerned -- how far Smith had come from Philadelphia, and it flopped. After that, his movies and records had to struggle more for attention. All careers go through peaks and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In retrospect, the point at which Will Smith went too far was with 1999's "Freakin' It," on which, over samples from "Love Hangover" and "Rapper's Delight," he boasted of his movie earnings, defended himself against charges of being a "soft" rapper, and criticized his peers. It was hard to dispute any of his arguments though the citation of the American Music Awards as an example of his superiority seemed a bit of a stretch, but the song also emphasized -- in the wrong way, as far as fans were concerned -- how far Smith had come from Philadelphia, and it flopped. After that, his movies and records had to struggle more for attention. All careers go through peaks and troughs, however, and this collection of Smith's musical high points makes the case for his popularity, dating back to the late-'80s days of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, whose work is licensed from Jive Records for one-third of the tracks here. Not all of the early duo's hits are included, but the signature ones, particularly the breakout "Parents Just Don't Understand," are. In a sense, this is Smith at his most appealing, using rap to create novelty records that reveal the comic sense that later would light up movie screens. He remains engaging through solo hits like "Men in Black" and "Getting' Jiggy Wit It," even if he already seems to be starting to believe his press clips. By this point, the musical career has become an appendage of the movie career, and movie stardom begins to inform the raps, culminating in the defensiveness of "Freakin' It." Along the way, however, there is some clever writing, always put across by Smith's expansive personality, which enabled him to swim against the current of contemporary rap, at least for a time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5099751022220
  • Catalog Number: 764608
  • Sales rank: 17,873

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Girls Ain't Nothing but Trouble (4:49)
  2. 2 Parents Just Don't Understand (5:14)
  3. 3 A Nightmare on My Street (4:58)
  4. 4 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (2:55)
  5. 5 Summertime (4:29)
  6. 6 Just Cruisin' (3:59)
  7. 7 1,000 Kisses - Jada (3:50)
  8. 8 Men in Black (3:47)
  9. 9 Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (3:48)
  10. 10 Miami (3:17)
  11. 11 Freakin' It (3:59)
  12. 12 Will 2K (3:54)
  13. 13 Wild Wild West (4:05)
  14. 14 Nod Ya Head - Christina Vidal (3:45)
  15. 15 Just the Two of Us (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Will Smith Primary Artist
Jazzy Jeff scratching
Tichina Arnold Background Vocals
Coko Background Vocals
LaVette Background Vocals
Mai Huggins Background Vocals
Love Fellowship Tabernacle Children's Choir Vocals
DJ Jazzy Jeff scratching
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Hula Producer
Anas Allaf Digital Editing
Craig Burbidge Digital Editing
David Campbell String Arrangements
Rob Chiarelli Producer, Engineer
Will Smith Producer
Pete Harris Producer
Jazzy Jeff Producer
Joe the Butcher Engineer
Benny Medina Executive Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Sauce Producer, Vocal Producer
Arty Skye Engineer
Chris Trevett Engineer
Mark Wilson Producer
Ken "Duro" Ifill Engineer
Aimee MacAuley Art Direction
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Poke Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
James Lassiter Executive Producer
Michael Goods Engineer
Bryan Golder Digital Editing
James Cruz Mastering
Rob Fusari Producer
Ann Carli Executive Producer
John Shrive Engineer
Chandler Bridges Digital Editing
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