JAY-Z Told Will Smith His 2012 Red Carpet Slap Video Was The Funniest Thing He's Ever Seen

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Will Smith arrives at the U.S. premiere of Bright at the Regency Village Theatre on Dec. 13, 2017 in Los Angeles. 

What's your favorite Will Smith performance? Independence Day? Men in Black? Ali? Believe it or not, none of those blockbusters are even in the top 3 for JAY-Z. In a new Rap Radar interview on Tidal, Smith revealed that Jigga once told him that the best thing that the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would ever create was a video of him slapping a reporter in 2012.

The incident, which took place in Russia, occurred after a reporter put his arms around Smith's neck and kissed him on the cheek, then appeared to go in for a second kiss on the mouth, at which point Smith pulled away and said, "what the hell is your problem, buddy?" before slapping the man's face with the back of his hand.

Smith recalled that later in the night, Jay sent him a handful of urgent messages. When he finally returned the call, the rapper reportedly picked-up and said, "I just saw the video of you slapping the dude in Russia, I just want you to know you’ll never make a better piece of entertainment. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Me and B, we got a show tonight, but we thinking about canceling and just staying in and just watching you slap this dude.”

The entire podcast interview is available on Tidal.


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