Willenniumby Will Smith
WILLENNIUM finds rap's greatest crossover star working once again with his original partner in rhyme, the underrated DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well as esteemed knob-twisters including the Trackmasters, Kay-Gee, and Rodney Jerkins. The old-school bonds are still strong: With Jazzy Jeff at the controls on songs like the heady "So Fresh" (featuring Biz Markie and Slick Rick), the scratch-heavy, basement-party groove of "Pump Me Up," and "Potnas," a funky ode to the duo's friendship, WILLENNIUM soars. And the disc's estrogen level -- courtesy of Lil' Kim, Eve, Tatyana Ali, and MC Lyte -- is a nice counterbalance to the genre's lingering misogyny. Still, the subject matter here -- tales of living large, how great it is to be rich and famous, and how he slays lyrically weaker rappers -- doesn't exactly break new ground. Or does it? Just when you think Smith has totally submitted to hip-pop conventions (many of the tracks are lined with overly familiar samples), he ends the disc with the contemplative "The Rain" -- a song that displays Smith's vulnerability amid all the jigginess. If the artist formerly known as the Fresh Prince was just a rap star, we'd beg for more inspired songs like this, but since he's Hollywood's Everyman, we can just be thankful for this well-produced effort that will linger on frat-party playlists through the year 2-G. Ernest Hardy
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- Sbme Special Mkts.
Performance CreditsWill Smith Primary Artist
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Track Performer
Technical CreditsBernard Edwards Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Samuel Barnes Composer
Will Smith Executive Producer,Composer
Marilyn McLeod Composer
DJ Jazzy Jeff Executive Producer
Rokusuke Ei Composer
Kim Jones Composer
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Will says it best in Freakin It: you don't have to swear to have a rap hit. This CD, as well as his others, is appropriate for listeners of all ages. Will has outdone himself this time!
i love will smith he made a great come back go will i love the combo he has on his new tracks makes you want to dance all night go will
WILL REALLY PUT ALL HE HAD IN THIS ONE, HE HAD ME GROOVIN ALL THE WAY THROUGH! HE IS TOO HOT TO TROT!
Will Smith's new CD Willenium is awesome. It has tracks that talk about the millennium.....excuse me, Willenium. I recomend you buy this CD because if you like rap music, this ones gonna suit your needs.
Will Smith is one of the best singers/actors out there! He has the ability to write meaningful songs without having a bunch of cuss words in them. I loved all of this album! :)
This CD is G R E A T! He only has a couple boring songs on there, but he needs to make more music videos!
I love every song on this CD. I think it is great. I have been a big fan of Will Smith's movies, and well, his music is just the best. What more can I say? This is a great CD.
This album is a huge improvement over he first solo. Funkier and groovier. With nice appearances by Biz Markie, Slick Rick, Lil.Kim and Jill Scott.