Will SmithFresh Prince Among Thieves
Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Due this week, the set is Smith's first for Interscope since parting ways with Columbia, which released his three prior studio albums and a best-of collection.
"Lost and Found" is led by the single "Switch," which was produced by Kwame (Amel Larrieux, Bootsy Collins) and jumps 56-23 this week on the Billboard Hot 100. Elephant Man appears on a remix version, while Robin Thicke guests on a separate R&B remix. Snoop Dogg makes an appearance on "Pump Ya Brakes," while Blige joins in for "Tell Me Why."
Beyond Timbaland, production was provided by longtime collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff as well as Smith himself. The artist claims to have recorded more than 50 tracks for the set, which he says features "the most in-depth, revealing writing that I've done in my career."
One track, "Mr. Nice Guy," discusses "how people mistake being nice for being soft." Indeed, the overall album de-emphasizes Smith's squeaky clean image for tracks with a more serious tone. The artist can currently be seen starring in the film "Hitch," which has racked up more than $166 million at the U.S. box office in seven weeks.