Will Smith is making a triumphant return to his hip-hop roots with the launch of his eagerly-awaited podcast, “Class Of ’88.” In this podcast, the multi-talented artist will delve into the pivotal year of 1988—a time when iconic figures in the hip-hop world, including Public Enemy, Salt-N-Pepa, and Fab Five Freddy, rose to prominence. Smith will engage in candid conversations with other rap luminaries such as Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Rakim, and more. These discussions will offer listeners a vibrant and firsthand perspective on the origins of one of the most influential genres of music in history.
A Nostalgic Journey Through Time
Additionally, Smith will take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, exploring his own success as part of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The duo achieved significant recognition, becoming the first act to win a Grammy Award in a rap category in 1989. Hits like “Summertime,” “A Nightmare on My Street,” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand” showcased Smith’s lyrical prowess and storytelling skills. “Class Of ’88” is produced by Wondery, Audible, Westbrook, and Awfully Nice. It is set to premiere on both Amazon and Audible on October 26.
In related news, Queen Latifah recently had the honor of performing the National Anthem at a New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Her performance served as a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
A Well-Deserved Recognition
Furthermore, Queen Latifah’s trailblazing career has earned her a place among the honorees at the Kennedy Center Awards. She will be celebrated alongside esteemed artists like Billy Crystal, Renée Fleming, Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees, and Dionne Warwick on December 3. The Kennedy Center president, Deborah F. Rutter, praised hip-hop’s cultural impact and noted Queen Latifah’s role in it, calling her the “First Lady of Hip-Hop.”
In response to her nomination, Queen Latifah expressed her humility, saying, “I’m humbled to be included in this incredible list of artists honored by the Kennedy Center. To now be recognized amongst so many multi-talented individuals feels unbelievable.Rediscover the magic of 1988 with Will Smith’s “Class Of ’88” podcast. Mark your calendars for the premiere on October 26, available on Amazon Music and Audible, with Prime members enjoying an ad-free listening experience on Amazon Music.