Watch Will Smith meet his ultimate hip-hop hero
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Watch Will Smith meet his ultimate hip-hop hero

As one half of the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith was a star way before he hit the big screen, and in 2023, the actor decided to go back to his roots with the launch of a new podcast.

Named Class Of ’88, the Philadelphia native focuses on the rap music of the 1980s. The podcast has welcomed 1980s acts such as Public Enemy, Salt-N-Pepa, and Fab Five Freddy, to name a few.

Smith has been an A-list celebrity for at least three decades and has been surrounded by the biggest stars in the world. However, there are still some figures he considers above him and more important than he is, and the actor idolises one particular emcee.

Smith is hitting the big screen again alongside Martin Lawrence in the film Bad Boys: Ride Or Die. That said, during an interview on SiriusXM’s Sway In The Morning to promote the movie, Sway Calloway surprised Smith by giving him a visit from his hip-hop hero.

Smith has previously expressed his love for Grandmaster Caz, and after embracing him lovingly, the Bad Boys star told listeners, “The way that I rap was based on Grandmaster Caz’ Yvette.’ The Fresh Prince, the character — everything was centred on Grandmaster Caz’s verse [on] ‘Yvette.’ I was like, ‘I want to rap like that.'”

The I, Robot star then started to rap Caz’s second verse from the 1985 track ‘Yvette’. When Smith saw Caz, he was both shocked and excited before sharing a warm embrace. He then said “Ladies and gentleman, the full, complete and total inspiration for the Fresh Prince, Grandmaster Caz.”

Grandmaster Caz isn’t the only rap legend who has influenced Will Smith over the years. During last year’s A Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop TV special, the 55-year-old admitted to copying Rakim’s flow on his 1991 hit ‘Summertime’ with DJ Jazzy Jeff.