These days, Will Smith is more of an actor than a rapper, but when he’s out promoting a movie, he seems like he is always happy to drop a few verses on an always-appreciative audience.
On Wednesday night, the 46-year-old acto rstopped by the Late Show with David Letterman and showed off his still-fresh skills with some solid bars of his old-school rap classic, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” with Paul Shaffer and the Late Show band backing him up.
As Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra played the melody to Smith’s 1998 hit single “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” the star quickly picked up the lyrics.
“On your mark ready set let’s go, dance floor pro / I know you know I go psycho / When my new joint hit, just can’t sit / Got to get jiggy wit it, ooh, that’s it,” Smith spit. “Now honey honey come ride, DKNY / All up in my eye, you got a Prada / Bag with a lot of stuff in it / Give it to your friend let’s spin, everybody looking at me / Glancing the kid, wishing they was dancing a jig.”
Letterman said, “That’s so great: I can’t do that.”
Smith disagreed, saying, “There’s a negro inside of you Dave!”
“Wow!” the host responded. “Well! That’s the best news I’ve had in years! I gotta run home and surprise the wife!”
Smith currentlly has a handful of films in the works, including the upcoming Focus (February 26th), in which he plays a con man whose scheme gets thrown off track when a woman from his past returns.
Later this year Smith will appear in the movie Concussion, a chronicle of recent discoveries regarding the debilitating, and sometimes deadly, brain trauma suffered by football players, and the NFL’s response to the crisis. Smith will play Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist, whose autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster led to the discovery of the new disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, much to the chagrin of the league.
No word on when we can expect new music though.
And now that it’s stuck in our heads, please enjoy the original:
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