Born to Reign

Will Smith was first a rapper, then an actor. Now he's known as an actor who raps. Confused? Don't be.

Will Smith was first a rapper, then an actor. Now he's known as an actor who raps. Confused? Don't be. Smith is capable of doing both, as evidenced on Born to Reign, his first album in three years and eighth overall. To his credit, Smith doesn't attempt to be something he's not. Lead single "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)," which also serves as the lead single to the Men In Black II soundtrack, is a guitar-driven number that has Smith revisiting his MIB character Jay. The album also features a remix, "Nod Ya Head (The Remix)." Both tracks feature Smith's new R&B group, Trá-Knox. Smith sings on the reggae-tinged "Willow Is a Player." Other standout tracks include the summertime anthem "Block Party" and "1,000 Kisses," which features Smith's wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. Actor, rapper, whatever you want to label him, Smith still knows how to make a hit song—the proof is in the pudding; in this case, Born to Reign.—RH