Why Hip Hop Hates Will Smith: The Darth Vader Theory

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amarguitar : "He's super original...because you just can't copy that type of corny"  7:50  A++++

Compte Prive : A lot of you guys have no idea how good Will Smith made black people look internationally. I spent the 90's as a kid in Europe. They all loved Michael Jordan, but then on top of that came Will Smith with his box office block busters and hit songs and then his massive Big Willie Style album. They LOVED him over there. So when a black kid from USA like me showed up - they FLIPPED out. I was worried about fitting in but turned out I was hella popular. Thanks Will!

zayn riasat : Will Smith is the hero Hip-Hop needs but not the one it deserves.

Top Notch : Summertime was and still is a classic...

luminousmotion : He don't disrespect black women enough to be considered "hip hop". :-/

Chris Flores : I don't care what anyone says. Will Smith is the shit and hip-hop SHOULD be about promoting positivity not just "I'm thug this and thug that" the reason it all started was to distract us from that very shit we deal with on a daily basis in the hood growing up. Sure it's cool to talk about hard times cause it's relatable but promoting this tough guy act is why we got black brothers killing black brothers and brown brothers killing brown brothers. But I digress 😐

Professor K : I'm an old head who remembers when The Sugar Hill Gang dropped Rapper's Delight. When hip hop was a niche genre of music, you had all kinds of styles. The underlying point was about partying and having fun. Rap battles and breakdance battles were about trying to bring people together and competing through music. Will Smith didn't lose the hip hop community. Hip hop evolved, and unfortunately gangster rap is what became mainstream, because that is what the record labels were pushing. Plus, it didn't help that when his acting career took off, he dropped his rap name. Every other rapper turned actor kept their rap name. When he dropped Fresh Prince, it was like he sold out. He is definitely a pioneer, but he may not be recognized as one until he is gone. But that usually happens to true innovators.

Isi Smalls : Will Smith is a legend

Shawn Barbour : 10:00 cringiest shit ever

Sean Mulligan : Fresh Prince was the shit back in the day. Entertaining

mrRud3y : Willy came from the happy ol days of pajamajammiejams n shit, back when artists were rocking out on college campuses, positivity was a big thing in rap in them days, shame it's lost so many good vibes...

Bryan Vickers : 50% of the damage to his image was done with one bar from Eminem.

Juan Santiago : will smith made more for hiphop and black culture in general than all rappers of the new generation combined! Mad respect for the dude

melvin cosalan : This topic reminds me of that Fresh Prince of Bel-air episode when Will and Carlton join a fraternity..

cecil123 : ♪♪ Woo ah ha ♪♪ I respect women when I'm on a date I'll take 'em to the park or maybe the museum And I only try to kiss 'em if they're ready Whoo hoo what what what a what a say what what Help out your mom and dad by gettin' a job So you can help pay for school supplies A whoo hoo say ho Wipe your shoes on the mat when you come in the house Someone just cleaned that floor A whoo hoo say what what ♪♪ Ha ha ♪♪

childof83 : When he was the fresh prince he wasnt corny, I think people thought he was corny in hiphop when big willy style came out.

GREENRUNNER84 : Why hip hop doesn't acknowledge Bone Thugs N Harmony's Legacy? Or their style which is pretty much used daily and give them they Props, come on Eazy B.I.G Pac and Pun work with these guys. SMH

SIEKICK Productions : So true man... Will Smith put in work. Hes a better actor than rapper, while Ice T & Ice Cube are better rappers than actors imo

Richard Andrews : Well, the Industry made Hip Hop what it is today. They wanted us to forget it's true form and made it into some gangsta bullshit. Unfortunately we as a culture embraced the brainwashing. Will Smith is a reminder of what true hip hop was supposed to be. We are just too stupid to wake up and support him. Instead people want to be hard for the sake of looking "cool".

C. W. : Wow, Will got the rap category to be televised on the grammy's? Why don't people respect him more for this?

Graffiti kingdom : Will smith is an icon, and a living legend, the fact is he is a great role model, he's what young black men should be aspiring to, but sadly the media have brain washed young black men to believe they must be drug dealers and gangster's thugs and killers of their own kind! very upsetting and very frustrating. An obvious Negative Agenda has always been the music industry's goal. In 2018 I can see they've totally accomplished that. The state of music morals and underwhelming artist's are clearly obvious to see. I gave up on music from this era as soon as I could tell it was going to be a cycle of Trash and super stereotypes mostly teaching people nothing but immoral decadents And stupidity on a level only practised by monkeys!! Music as I knew it, is well and truly Done, from a creative, emotional and spiritual level. One thing im glad for, is that i got to see The highlights of true artistry in people like MJ, prince Barry white Stevie wonder The beatles Anita baker Luther vandross David bowie queen nirvana and many many more that came from an era which was filled with colour, excitement and True individualism in style and music. The 60's 70's 80's and 90's were the best era's for music period, that's gone and along with that, most of the greatest artists that could of ever graced the planet, we are sadly now left with a massive Void of talentless nothingness, with mumble Rap and other crap music being a direct result of this.

Koldraiyne DownSkayle : 2 reasons 1.) Even with all that, Will is more accomplished as an actor. He's arguably the most successful black actor of the last 2 decades. He has never fallen off in that arena, and as hip-hop's audience gets younger, many people don't even remember he ever rapped before Fresh Prince. 2.) He wasn't edgy enough for today's rap fan (ie suburban kids who celebrate black criminality and trapper-turnt-rapper types) This comment section alone constantly gives him grief for making clean music.

Dr. Spectre : All love & respect for will. Awesome guy, awesome rapper & awesome dad!

Blck Mach1 : Excellent video about will smith. I think most people who enjoy hip hop or rap today like the “thug” gangster type stuff. A lot of the kids these days prolly don’t know who a Tribe Called Quest even is or Sugar Hill Gang. Apparently saying something positive doesn’t sell records anymore. The first hip hop group I ever heard was Run DMC. I still listen to their music and don’t have to worry about my kid hearing cussing or negative messages.

MrKing8050 : Nobody can tell me that you weren't bumping to Summertime, especially when you were growing up in the 90s

El Boogie : Will is my dude. Been on his music since the beginning. I always appreciated his part in the game. He fit in right with Salt N Pepa, Kid N Play, Heavy D, Slick Rick, The D.O.C., and other acts that didn't rely on cussing and street stories. I was into the street shit too, but you had balance back then. That's why those acts could thrive. NOW it's not like that. Everyone sounds the same, and does the same thing. Originality is a must, and it's missing.

Harry Ortiz : Does anybody hate Will Smith? I know he's not in most people's top 10 but even so he is on the mount Rushmore of hip hop

M Wadud : Chammilionaire was dropped from Universal and fans turned against him for not beefing with 50 Cent and for choosing not to curse in his music anymore and attempting to be more positive. It is not just Will Smith. Hip Hop culture hates anyone that doesn't present a negitive or political character in their music and personality. There needs to be an edge or tough guy persona, ESPECIALLY if you are black. White rappers like Logic receive respect, but if a black man wrote 1-800 or Thrift Shop or whatever it would be a different story.

jjrod33 : My man weird al yankovic has 4 grammies GOAT

Ombeni Idassi : Wow, never thought i would see the day where a full hip hop video was dedicated to Will Smith in a positive. Growing up, Will Smith as the first rapper I was able to listen to. I had African parents who only played Christian music so I couldn’t listen to any rap. Will Smith not cursing made it safe for my parents. Will Smith was my entry point into Hip Hop. He is my 3rd favorite rapper of all time cuz i loved his flow, his topics, & his ability to make some dope tracks. His corniness makes him a winner in my book, especially since I am corny myself. Thanks Murs for this video. Much love to the Fresh Prince!!!!!!

I AM : Respect Will Smith, he's definitely a legend!

BigBennKlingon : "Hate" is a bit strong. He was just never really ever able to break out of that primitive pre-1988 old school rap style. No matter how cool or slick his later production was, his flow was always that archaic simple style.

Terry Cairl : From what I’ve seen, Run DMC doesn’t get much love either. They cleared the path that hip hop drives on today. Their co-lab with Aerosmith was fantastic, but people today act like nothing existed before Ice Cube and Dre.

Rainer-Wilfried Kasuppke : I can't help but assume that a large part of Will's career is based on remakes of well known, popular songs, like Wild Wild West is based on Stevie Wonders "I Wish" or "Men in Black" is based on Patrice Rushen's "Forget me Nots", Or Miami is based on The Whisperers "And The Beat Goes On". I mean HipHop's a sample culture, sure, but these beats are straight up remakes. So imo either Poke and Tone or the original artists created a huge part of his buzz for him. And if I don't wanna hear cusswords, I listen to some Native Tongue, De La Soul, Common, Gang Starr or whatever, Will as a rapper is just the byproduct of slick prdoducing and marketing to me. He's just so smoothly polished and that's not what I'm looking for when I'm listening to rap, I wouldn't even consider him a rapper, merely a pop artist releasing rap style songs.

Joseph Thurman : Will is what many rappers aspire to be, but won't admit to. He is larger than Hip-Hop because he's multitalented, is scandal free and a family man. The powers that be can't confine him to the box they put most rappers into. He's a smart brother....and a pioneer. The same small-minded individuals who label him corny or lame are actually jealous of all that man has accomplished. #HATERISM101.

Randy Real : Will smith, public enemy, run dmc, beastie boys, kool moe dee I think they all did well because of their positivity that's why big willie style sold 9 million albums and is obviously not hated. Drake sucks because he's an effeminate r%b singer who pretends to be something he isn't.

Jordan Morris : I'm on the light side

nope : I only have room for one super corny MC in my life, and his name is Biz Markie.

KrissFromNorway : In west philadelphia born and raised ... I have no clue. So yeah there is at least 1 person alive on earth who cant finish that phrase. I'd guess there's a couple billion more in Asia but at least there's me

Rodney steele : Will is the man

Speedy Noriega : For me Will Smith's homebase is up there with Snoop's Doggystyle. Props for bringing this up and for putting it together so well.

si lewis : Why would I need a "Parents Just Don't Understand" when I have Slick Rick? Why would I need a "Summertime" when I have Rakim?

Viral Killer : "Make sure you help your parents with school supplies" - Will Smith

YeeSoest : Why HipHop hates Will Smith: Because he said "I did all this without using curse words" like he was on some sort of parent pleasing high horse or something. I remember him saying that and going "If I focused on dance parties in miami, I probably wouldn't need any curse words either...duh" How do you act like using those words is beneath you when other rappers specifically use it to emphasize their content? It's like he told them to not talk about the hood and their upbringing, because for many rappers, you can't do one without the other. Short: He acted like he wanted to be my mom's favorite rapper and I didn't appreciate that. Neither did Eminem...

K. Edwards : Will Smith is just a clean, talented rapper who did not need to rap about cars, clothes, money, being a gangster to be successful. He is not just some made up stereotype that fits an image unlivable and not letting image destroy his career aka: Chris Brown!

Malcolm Carrington : I love Will Smith and I love Chance the Rapper. Just saying.🤷🏾‍♂️

Susannah Nachenberg : Respects to Damian Marley for staying conscious & clean while hittn' hard bars... Gift Of Gab, Aesop Rock... "the great way is easy, but people prefer side paths" Tao Te Ching we stuck in an Ego culture..that's why 2Pac is God & not Will Smith. 2Pac was just as silly inside, and could've written much stronger music, but he followed his Ego..creating a monster that got him killed & many others after him.

GunHed17 : I'm only 2 minutes into this, and consider my rap history knowledge pretty damn good, but you just blew my mind with that Paul Okenfold tip 🤘

Ron White : There’s a saying, “Keepin’ it 💯.” Partna, you keep it 10,000. I’m subscribing right now. Ironically, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper was the first album I ever bought.

David DiMuzio : Dude, I love you. Will deserved this.