Will Smith just dropped his first rap verse after taking over a decade hiatus from music. The legendary actor is featured on Nomba Estereo’s “Fiesta (Remix)” released on Friday.
There have been rumors over that last few months about an imminent return to rap music for Will Smith.
The collaboration with the Colombian band came about when Smith was spending some time in the South American country and heard the song “Fiesta” and it got stuck in his head, according to Billboard.
“When I was told that Will Smith wanted to collaborate on a remix with Bomba, I couldn’t believe it,” said Simón Mejia, Bomba Estéreo’s founder/multi-instrumentalist in a statement. “This opportunity to work with Will was beyond anything we have dreamed of. It’s not a traditional featuring — it’s just magic.”
The remix for the single adds Will Smith’s rapping in both english and spanish over the uptempo, electronica and traditional Colombian rhythm.
The song is nominated for record of the year at the upcoming Latin Grammy.
The last time Will Smith released music was his 2005 LP Lost and Found. But he hinted earlier this year that he might be preparing to return to music.
“I went into the studio with Kanye. I’m thinking about it. I’m exploring,” he said. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but I’m exploring. I’m in a creative ceiling. My son tells me I have to write out the things I don’t like. I can’t write and stop – I have to keep going and going and write them out. I’ve never worked like that before, but I think I might give that a shot.”