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Watch Will Smith Star as the Genie in Magical 'Friend Like Me' Video From 'Aladdin'

Will Smith - Friend Like Me
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Will Smith, "Friend Like Me"

Will Smith starring as the Genie in the recent Aladdin remake was the kind of role we've never seen him in before. Smith also brought some hip-hop flavor to the the Disney blockbuster's soundtrack, where he put his own spin on Robin Williams' 1992 "Friend Like Me" original alongside DJ Khaled. The multi-hyphenate returned on Tuesday (Aug. 6) to appear in the CGI-filled "Friend Like Me" visual. 

The cinematic clip finds Smith as the big blue Genie showing Aladdin -- played by Mena Massoud -- all the magic he's capable of in making his life a lot easier to traverse. "I'm here to answer all your midday prayers/ You got me bona fide, certified/ You got a genie for your charge d'affaires/ I got a powerful urge to help you out/ So what's your wish? I really wanna know," the Philly native rhymes.

When the soundtrack was released in May Smith detailed how organic his creative process was fusing hip-hop into the film. "I messed around with Erik B. & Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’ under ‘Friend Like Me.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m home!’ I started playing with the hip-hop flavor, and the Genie was really born in my mind from the music," he said in a press release.

Aladdin crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office worldwide during July. Watch the "Friend Like Me" video below.