Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It (2/7/98) #1 US, #3 UK, #6 RB. Sales: ˝ million
Just the Two of Us (6/6/98) #6a US, #2 UK, #17 RB
Miami (11/21/98) #8a US, #3 UK, #60a RB
Big Willie Style
“Will Smith wisely decided not to change his style too much on Big Willie Style, the first record he released since becoming a major movie star with…Independence Day and Men in Black. Instead of trying to toughen his image, Smith continued with the friendly, humorous pop-rap that has been his trademark since He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” STE which was recorded under the moniker of Fresh Prince along with his parter DJ Jazzy Jeff.
“Of course, he gives the music a glossy modern sheen (ironically based on early-‘80s funk) in order to prove that he’s still hip – and it works. Sure, there’s filler scattered all the way the through the album, but the best moments – the disco-thumping Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, the Larry Blackmon duet Candy, the ballad I Loved You, and the riotous Men in Black – rank among his best singles.” STE