Will Smith plays Genie in Disney’s upcoming Aladdin film and now he drops a soundtrack effort called “Friend Like Me” featuring DJ Khaled.
The actor and rapper has been on a media campaign in support of the film including an appearance on last night’s airing of Jimmy Kimmel Live! He spoke about the movie, his son Jaden, turning 50 years old, and more.
I went into the studio the first day and I really wanted to play with it to see if I could add something to it. Literally 30 minutes in the studio, and started to play with the song and the 94/96 BPM range. That BPM range is right old school hip hop. So I grabbed The Honey Drippers’ “Impeach Your President” and I had them throw that breakbeat under there. I messed around with that. And I messed around with Erik B. and 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.