Will Smith’s First Album Gave Him Star Cred In High School

By: Renee Grant

When most of us were in our senior year of high school we were just hoping to graduate on time and have an epic summer. For Will Smith, he was already becoming a legend.

In Smith’s recent Carpool Karaoke appearance, he discussed his days as a school star. He also reveals he wrote his first rap song at the age of 12. His first hit song as part of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble, he wrote at 16, and the song gained radio airplay when he was 18 during his senior year at West Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School.

“The first one that got released I was 16, Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble,” he said. “I had a record on the radio for the last 30 days as a senior… You cannot beat… your friends at high school knowing… you already have a hit record on the radio.”

The song failed to make the charts during its initial release in 1986, but when the duo began to rise in popularity, their record label chose to release the single again in 1988 and it reached number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Smith also says he may be playing another icon in a future project, former president Barack Obama.

“I talked to Barack about it. He said that I had the ears for the role,” he quipped.

Check out the segment below and relive your high school years with Will!

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