Will Smith recently dropped his first verse in a decade on a remix of Bomba Estereo’s “Fiesta,” and now the actor-returned-rapper is ending his similarly lengthy video drought by appearing in the group’s clip. The new “Fiesta” video takes place at the tail end of a neon-coated warehouse party, with the arrival of a cloaked figure – Smith dressed like it’s an I Am Legend sequel – reigniting the festivities.
In a making-of video for the “Fiesta” remix, Smith again breaks down why he decided to end his hip-hop hiatus by jumping on the Bomba Estereo track. “I was in Colombia with Marc Anthony. He was listening to music and I heard the ‘Fuego, fuego’ and I was like, ‘Yo, that joint is crazy,'” Smith said of hearing the Colombian band for the first time. Smith’s manager happened to be friends with people at Bomba Estereo’s record label, who then provided the actor with the “Fiesta” single. “I said, ‘That is crazy, I need to be on that.'”
The “Fiesta” remix is the first chapter in Smith’s planned musical comeback, with the rapper telling Zane Lowe about his 2016 plans, which he’s “pretty certain” will include a tour. “I’m shaking the rust off, knocking the dust off,” Smith said of rhyming again, adding that he’s recorded over 30 new songs, “six or seven that I really, really like, that I’m trying to get the ideas to come out right.”
Rolling Stone recently spoke to Smith’s longtime friend and collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff, who would join Smith on tour, about the return of the Fresh Prince. “Let me put it like this: You don’t retire from an art,” Jeff said. “This has always been inside of him and he’s always wanted to do this. He has never stopped rapping. It’s just that being the biggest movie star on the planet, you don’t have enough time. There has never been a time that he didn’t jump on my microphone when we’re together, because that is in his blood. You think you’re going to be around a basketball court with Michael Jordan and he is not going to shoot? That’ll never happen!”