Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff reunited and collaborated on a song for the first time since 1998.
The pair’s last recorded hit was “Lovely Daze” back in 1998.
The hip hop pair came together for their first official shows in 12 years at Friday and Saturday’s MTV Presents Summerblast Music Festival 2017 in Croatia, then at Sunday’s Livewire Festival in Blackpool, England, where Smith told ET’s Kevin Frazier that the comeback is all thanks to actor and musician LL Cool J.
“I looked at Jeff and he was getting old, man, and I was like, ‘I can’t do this to this boy,’” the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star joked about why the pair decided to reunite now. “It was time. LL hit me [up and] was like, ‘Dude, I’m telling you, it’s time. You have no idea the love that’s out there.’ I was listening to L like, ‘All right, I need to do it.’”
“Now I got the bug,” Smith continued. “I was on fire last night. It was the first time being on stage in a while. I blew my voice out a little — I do that all the time. I just can’t contain myself on stage.”
In fact, Jazzy Jeff dished that it’s his job to keep Smith in line when he gets “overly excited.”
“I’m the little man in his ear telling him to calm down, just slow down,” he said. “You have to have fun with it and a lot of it is making sure that you’re loose and calm on stage.”
“Well you failed last night!” chimed in Smith. “I blew my voice out hard. I hurt my knee on ‘Summertime.’ All the way through the second verse, I was trying to do the leaning to the side [move]. You can’t speed, though. I leaned a little too far and my meniscus was bothering me.”
In addition to the brief concert run — which they hope will be extended — the pair have also been working on new music and debuted a new track called “Get Lit” at Sunday’s performance.
You can watch the performance and listen to their new song below.