FLASHBACK: Why Will Smith Chose His Rap Name 'Fresh Prince'

by Ashley Crossan 4:38 PM PST, February 26, 2015
Playing FLASHBACK: Why Will Smith Chose His Rap Name 'Fresh Prince'

Ever wonder why Will Smith chose “Fresh Prince” as his rap name? Allow a 19-year-old Smith to explain!

“I’ve been Prince for years and years,” Smith told ET in 1988. “But about two years ago, the DJ’s in the streets started scratching, ‘fresh, fresh, this is fresh!’ Everything was ‘fresh,’ so I added the ‘Fresh Prince’ on my name.”

Back then, Smith was part of a rap trio with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ready Rock C. The group put out some radio-friendly hits like ‘Summertime’ and ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand.’

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“I like to rap about things that everyone can relate to,” said Smith “After you get into the record, you listen it, you can see that we're being facetious and it is fun.”

Smith recently said he’s interested in making his return to music and has even penned some new lyrics.

"I've been thinking about doing some music again,” Smith told Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wed.

Check out this video to see 19-year-old Smith, talking about his rap career.