Jim Farber
December 15, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Big Willie Style

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Will Smith
Producers
Sony Music
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a C-

The musical world suffered no great loss when Will Smith ditched rapping for acting. His ?80s hip-hop, as the Fresh Prince, had marginal novelty teen appeal. But his first album in four years is worse, lapsing into nonstop pop-rap clichés. Even the smash single ?Men in Black,? included here, merely exploits his celebrity and the goodwill built up by the movie. At this point, Smith has as much business rapping as Eddie Murphy does singing.

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