7 Facts You Didn't Know About 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Theme Song
By Raphael Chestang
Will Smith has been going back to his roots lately, rapping the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on The Ellen DeGeneres Showand participating in a Fresh Prince parody with Jimmy Fallon. While any self-respecting child of the '90s knows the lyrics to the catchy theme song, we've compiled some facts about the tune that you might not have known.
1. There's more lyrics. The full version is three minutes long and has several verses.
2. The song is popular overseas. A full-length version of the song reached No. 3 on music charts in the Netherlands when it was released there in 1992.
3. It's reaching a whole new generation. The video has more than 16 million views on YouTube.
4. It caused a school lockdown in 2013. A medical receptionist at Ambridge High School in Penn. mistook the line "shooting some B-BALL outside of the school" for "shooting some PEOPLE outside of the school" when she called a student and got his Fresh Prince-themed voicemail. This led to the school district being locked down in fear of a mass shooting.
5. Quincy Jones probably isn't the guy in the cab. It has been suspected that it's Quincy driving the taxi cab with dice in the mirror, but according to Quincy's daughter Rashida Jones and Jada Pinkett Smith that's not true.
6. Will has performed the song twice on British TV's The Graham Norton Show.
7. Will's "kingdom" is actually in Brentwood. The mansion used for the exterior shots of "the Banks mansion" was located in Brentwood, not Bel-Air.