It’s incredible, given you have this phenomenal
film career, that Fresh Price doesn’t go away.
Listen, every country in the world, that is
the thing that I am most known for.
No matter how big the movies get, it’s the
Fresh Prince everywhere.
Does that bug you? Or does-
Listen man, long as they screaming
‘Will’ I’m cool.
But, it’s funny because Alfonso Ribero who
when we first started the show we were trying
to come up with names for the characters and
we were going through them and talking about
it and Alfonso pulled me aside, he said ‘Man,
let me tell you something.’
He said ‘Whatever your characters name is,
people are gonna call you that for the rest
of your life.’
He said ‘make your character’s name Will Smith.’
He was so right, you know, when we go out
together people are like ‘Will, Will!
In fairness, Carlton’s better than Alfonso.
That’s what he was thinking.
I can correct this.
Famously, you performed the title rap.
Which I happen to know everyone knows.
Let me hand this over.
It’s quite heavy.
Ok, here you go Gary.
You’ve probably seen some musicians before,
but get ready my friend.
Ok, hit the track.
♪ Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme Song
♪ Now this is a story all about how
♪ My life got flipped-turned upside down
♪ And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
♪ I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air
♪ In west Philadelphia born and raised
♪ On the playground was where I spent most of my days
♪ Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
♪ And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
♪ When a couple of guys who were up to no good
♪ Started making trouble in my neighbourhood
♪ I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
♪ She said, “You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air.”
♪ I whistled for a cab and when it came near
♪ The license plate said “Fresh” and it had dice in the mirror
♪ If anything I could say that this cab was rare
♪ But I thought, “Nah, forget it.”
– “Yo, home to Bel-Air.”
♪ I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
♪ And I yelled to the cabbie, “Yo home smell ya later.”
♪ I looked at my kingdom
I was finally there
♪ To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel-Air
That’s the opener.
Don’t make fun, it’s taken me all week to
get that right.
Thanks for joining in.
I remember it.
You really remember it.
You didn’t hesitate for a second.
It is so funny that that many people recognise
that theme song.
There’s something about TV that’s different
than movies or music.
There’s something about television that it’s
like, I mean you’re in your underwear at the
house- you know it’s- you don’t get dressed
up to go.
It’s like, if people come into your house
and television really attaches you to people
in a way that is extremely powerful.