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Stop the tracks … It’s confirmed … Will Smith is working on new music and prepping for a new world tour with Jazzy Jeff? Let the people rejoice!!!!

This is true folks, Smith confirmed during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show on Monday that he has been “popping into the studio every day” and that he is trying to find his voice. “I have so many things that I want to say and I’m struggling with saying them in a way that fit the flavor of music that I tend to like,” he said. “I have a lot of young artists and young philosophers just trying to help me extract the idea from my mind and my heart.”

“I probably have 30 songs [recorded]. I have six or seven that I really, really like, that I’m trying to get the ideas to come out right,” Smith explained.

It’s worth noting that the actor told HipHollywood back in May 2013 that he “might get the bug” for more music. In fact, Will exclusively told us that he and Kanye were working on a little something. “I’ve been messing around with Kanye,” the actor said. “We went into the studio a couple of times. I might get the bug, I’m not going to do it unless I’m truly inspired. But Ye’s been pushing me a little bit.”

But the news didn’t stop there. The rapper went on to explain to Zane that he will be going on tour with his friend and old partner in crime, Jazzy Jeff, next summer. “I’m pretty certain I’m going on tour,” Smith said. “Jeff and I actually never have done a full tour. I was always on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I was always either making a movie, so we’ve never actually done a full tour. So I’m looking this summer to be the first time that we go out on a full world tour.”

If the world tour comes to fruition, it will be DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s first world tour together. By the way, the duo’s last studio album was Code Red in 1993.

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Smith’s announcement comes just one week after stepping back into the music scene with his collaboration with Colombian group Bomba Estéreo’s on a track called “Fiesta.” “Fiesta,” a song where Smith raps in Spanish and in English, was the actor’s first hit in a decade.

HipHollywood first broke the news two years ago that Smith

2016 will be a big year for Smith who not only will be trekking on a summer tour, but will be a strong contender for the 2016 award season. On Christmas day, Smith’s new film Concussion will hit theaters and the actor’s portrayal of neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, the man studied brain trauma as a factor in deaths of NFL players and who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease caused by repetitive brain injury, is already getting serious buzz.

And in case you were wondering, Will did confirm on Monday that Bad Boys 3 should be here “within the next 12 to 16 months.”

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‘GQ’ Cover Star LeBron James Has Hard Yet Necessary Convo W/ His Kids About Racism



It is a conversation that is difficult yet necessary: Racism.

For LeBron James, that conversation was had in depth after someone spray pained the N-word all over his Brentwood home. In a new interview with GQ magazine, the November cover star opened up about the emotional discussion with his sons and daughter.

“It’s heavy when a situation occurs either with myself or with someone in a different city, i.e., Trayvon, Mike Brown. I have to go home and talk to my 13- and 10-year-old sons, even my 2-year-old daughter, about what it means to grow up being an African-American in America,” he said about feeling the “twoness” in America.

He continued, “Because no matter how great you become in life, no matter how wealthy you become, how people worship you, or what you do, if you are an African-American man or African-American woman, you will always be that.”

James explained, “True colors will show, and it showed for me during the playoffs, where my house in Brentwood, California, one of the f*cking best neighborhoods in America, was vandalized with, you know, the N-word. And that shit puts it all back into perspective. So do I use my energy toward that? Or do I now shed a light on how I can use this negative to turn into a positive, because so many people are looking for what I’m going to say.”

That’s when he unveiled, “I had a conversation with my kids. I let them know this is what it is, this is how it’s going to be. When it’s time for y’all to fly, you’ll have to understand that. When y’all go out in public and y’all start driving or y’all start moving around, be respectful to cops, as much as you can. When you get pulled over, call your mom or dad, put it on speakerphone, and put your phone underneath the seat. But be respectful the whole time.”

Earlier this year multiple LAPD units responded to James’ California home when neighbors saw the word scrawled on the outer gate. At the time, James suggested that when it comes to racial inequality, “we have a long way to go.”

Click here to read James’ entire GQ article.

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