AceShowbiz - Will Smith has once again explained the reason why he never cursed in his music. Although he "hated" being called a "soft" rapper, the "Aladdin" actor decided to stick with his rap style because he remembers what his grandmother once said.
The Oscar winner offered his two cents during his appearance on "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman". When addressing songs like "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble", he told David Letterman, "That was really our major distinguishing quality at the time."
"It was comedy, it was punchlines, it was fun. We stood out in a really good way. We sort of had our own lane," the 53-year-old Hollywood star continued. "Not pressure as much as it was always that I was soft. I hated that, being called soft."
Will went on to share advice that his grandmother gave him when he was 12 years old. "Dear Willard, truly intelligent people do not have to use words like these to express themselves. Please show the world that you're as smart as we think you are. Love, Gigi," Will quoted his grandma's message, which was written after she found the f-words in his rap lyric notebooks. He then added, "That was the reason I never cursed in any of my records."
During the interview, which was taped before he slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards, Will also recalled his ayahuasca-induced vision about his "whole life" being "destroyed." He shared, "I drank, and it usually takes about 45 minutes to kick in... And I'm sitting there and you always feel like, 'Maybe it won't kick in this time.' "
"So I'm drinking and sitting there and then all of a sudden it's like I start seeing all of my money flying away, and my house is flying away and my career is going away," the father of Willow Smith and Jaden Smith elaborated further. "My whole life is getting destroyed."
Will then recounted that he was panicked and tried to "grab" his money and career during his "trip." However, once he heard his daughter Willow calling out for help, he stopped caring about them. "Then slowly I stopped caring about my money, I just wanted to get to Willow. I stopped caring about my house, I stopped caring about my career," he detailed.