After a run as TV's Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and a string of hit movies, the actor-rapper topped the Hot 100 for the first time.
Will Smith had already conquered TV and film when, at the age of 29, he scored his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," in 1998.
The single, which borrowed from Brooklyn hip-hop slang of the time — "jiggy" meaning cool, funky and sexually uninhibited — and sampled Sister Sledge's "He's the Greatest Dancer," among other tracks, debuted at No. 3 and, two weeks later, ascended to No. 1 on March 14, 1998 (dethroning Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On").
It was hardly Smith's first time on the Billboard charts. In 1991, as half of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, he reached No. 4 on the Hot 100 with "Summertime," one of five top 40 hits that the pair landed between 1988 and 1993. That musical success overlapped with Smith's hit sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996.