Will Smith’s decades-long acting career has positioned him as a blockbuster king and a pillar of the public’s collective memory. However, music is definitely his first love. Long before Smith hit the big (and small) screen, he was a Philadelphia rapper who was making hits with DJ Jazzy Jeff. The duo’s 1988 hit, “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” earned Smith his first of four Grammy wins, cementing him in history as the first rap artist to win a Grammy. Over the next two decades, Smith continued to rack up radio hits, including “Summertime,” “Miami,” and “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” As Smith’s film career developed,

Even as Smith evolved musically, one aspect of his music remained consistent: Unlike many mainstream rappers who achieved similar success, Smith’s music was largely devoid of swear words and often involved family themes. Given that Smith has never shown an aversion to using foul language in character in his films (or to stirring controversy at the Oscars), it’s hard not to notice the distinction in this music. However, the reason Smith chooses not to curse is super relatable (if not quite sweet).

Will Smith doesn’t swear because of his grandmother

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 Will Smith has revealed the reason he doesn’t curse in his music in 2020. During his appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Smith responded to Meyers’ inquiry about his unusually clean lyrics. “I was 12 and started rapping,” Smith explained. “So I had my rap book, and I was writing my stuff and I had all my little swear words in my rap book. And my grandmother found my rap book. He went on to share that his grandmother flipped through the last page of her notebook and wrote, “Dear Willard, really smart people don’t need to use words like this to express themselves.” Please show the world you’re as smart as we think you are. you’re the. I love you, Gigi. Ironically, her reaction prompted Smith to respond “F***” (via E!

Smith told a similar story during an appearance on “The Graham Norton Show.” “Is it true that you shocked your grandmother when you started your music? Norton asked. Smith, who thought Norton said “fired” instead of “shocked”, dove into a series of jokes about being a “hardcore rapper” and then told the real story. “I wanted to be a rapper, so I had all my curse words and my four-letter words and everything in there,” Smith said. After Smith’s grandmother berated him, “From that point on, I never put any profanity in my rap music. »

Will Smith’s clean lyrics led to a feud with Eminem

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 Prior to Will Smith’s 2022 Oscars debacle, it was hard to find any negative press about him. However, Smith was once embroiled in a feud with Eminem, which stemmed from Smith’s decision to refrain from swearing in his music. Or rather, it stemmed from Smith’s VMA acceptance speech in 1999, where he parted ways with the cursing artists. “I want to say to all my fans, I’ve never killed anyone on any of my records,” Smith said during his speech. “I don’t use any profanity in any of my records, and I still managed to stand up here. The peace. »

Eminem’s response to Smith’s affront was to sting him in his 2000 hit “The Real Slim Shady,” in which he had a line that read, “Will Smith mustn’t swear in his songs to sell records / well I do, so f Fuck him and fuck yourself too” (via Genius). Considering Eminem’s history, this line was actually quite docile (especially compared to how he addressed other artists during the same verse). However, the “Lose Yourself” rapper explained his reasoning for his stance on Smith. “First of all, I respected Will Smith, [but] he dissected the whole rap genre. He dispelled gangsta rap music,” Eminem shared during an interview (via LAD Bible). “I respect him for speaking his mind, but not everyone is as happy as Will Smith,”