Will Smith Talks Jazzy Jeff, New Music and Tour, #OscarsSoWhite on 'The Graham Norton Show'
While stopping by The Graham Norton Show this weekend Will Smith revealed plans to tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff this summer and elaborated on the current race debate within the Oscars.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor and his partner in crime, DJ Jazzy Jeff, teamed up for the first time in 1991 for their single "Summertime," and in 2013 the duo reunited on The Graham Norton Show.
Though Smith has become more notable for his film roles in recent years, the rapper-turned-actor made his musical comeback in 2015 when he dropped his first track in over a decade, "Fiesta.". He stormed the stage at the 2015 Latin Grammy Awards to perform the spicy track with Bomba Estereo.
Smith now revealed to Norton that a bulk of his time has been spent recording and that a tour will follow as the year progresses.
"I've been working on something and this time I'm not lying!" Smith explained. "We've recorded about 25 songs and have four or five I actually like. Jeff and I will be back here this summer to do shows - real shows."
As the interview continued, Smith further detailed his and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's decision to boycott the Academy Awards next month due to a lack of racial diversity.
"I felt very seriously that there is a regression in America in general towards separatism and racial and religious exclusion, so for me, it's more about putting my hand up and reminding my community, the Hollywood community, that we have to lead," he said. "As my grandmother said, 'lead with love and light and good is only going to come out of it.'"
Director Spike Lee also took the same vow to boycott the Chris Rock-hosted Oscars ceremony, which will take place on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles.