It was May of 1991 and Will Smith was (probably) decked out in neon parachute pants. DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince had just wrapped their fourth studio album, and just in time for the hot months, they would drop “Summertime” as their lead single. The tasty early ’90s groove would go on to win the duo a Grammy for best rap performance and even spend time at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and if you were alive at the time, you heard “Summertime.” It was impossible to escape.
Now, 25 years later, The Fresh Prince is now a Fresh King of sorts. He’s playing a bad guy, Deadshot, in Suicide Squad while DJ Jazzy Jeff unleashes a “Summertime” anniversary remix to the world. Naturally, Will needs to do the obligatory press tour, so he stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk all things Deadshot. When the commercial break hits, Colbert’s band appropriately starts jamming to “Summertime” so Will does exactly what Will should do — grab the nearest microphone and start rhyming without missing a beat.
Dude’s still got it, even decades after the song was written. Then he goes back to the couch and does his public relation work like a true pro.