Will Smith’s Appreciation Of Latino Culture And His Love For Latino People Makes Him An Honorary Latino
There are Latinos, there are wannabe Latinos and then there is Will Smith. If you just became obsessed with Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny & Will Smith’s latest drop, “Está Rico,” and you were wondering why Will Smith was rapping in Spanish, let us give you the brief photo history showing how he has embraced and become part of Latino culture.
Will Smith has always been a lover of Latino culture.
Yes, he really is from West Philadelphia, where he was born an raised, and was a pretty popular rapper in the ’80s. Once the IRS claimed his recording equipment, he took on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in an interim that lasted six years. Since then, he’s been top charting and making bank in film.
He is BFFs with Marc Anthony.
Caption: “Feliz Cumpleaños, mi Hermano!”
It’s the real deal. These two have traveled together and spend legit bestie time together, which leads us right up to “Está Rico.”
Smith teamed with Marc Anthony and Bad Bunny on a bilingual track, “Está Rico.”
In it, Will Smith entires with “Haciendo Historia!” and, “Blend my Philly way now / With your Latina sway now / Sacude tu cadera.”
He’s rapping… en español.
He has proven several times that he speaks decent Spanish.
He’s even accepts interviews in Spanish on the regular, including this one on Telemundo where he carried his weight for the first half, and was translated for the second half.
Apparently, Smith travels with a Spanish language instructor so he’s always learning.
La comunidad agrees his trip to Colombia with Marc Anthony changed him.
Back in May of this year, Smith was all over Instagram sharing the multiple dance offs he had with folks all throughout Colombia. He basically danced his way through the country.
Truth, he may have been on a working vacation since his new movie “Gemini Man” is based in Colombia, set to release in October 2019.
While he was there, him and Marc shipped Colombia hard.
Can you spot Marc Anthony to his right? Boy is literally on a balcón; it doesn’t get more Latino than that. Unless he’s hiding a cigar somewhere, and then there’s no going back.
He “loves the fire” of Latin America.
In an interview with Latina, he shared, “I spent a lot of time in South America and I just love the fire!” he says. “When I was down in Brazil, I just got hype and started rappin’ for the crowd, you know, it’s like the energy is crazy, and I just love that fire, I love that flavor.”
He knows to always give the spotlight to the person who really runs things: his wife.
He got the handbook on this one. She deserves all the glory and honor to even be by your side and if you aren’t over the top about acknowledging her grace, she will take it very personally y le botó.
He’s dramatic AF.
And always has been. Why do you think we were all so obsessed with “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”? It was the only American telenovela we had.
Miami is his second home.
Miami is like the American capital of Caribbean Latinos and he’s been singing about it (and even dropping some lyrics in Spanish) since the ’90s.
Plus, he’s always been a fanboy for Mariah Carey.
If you look closely at the CDs the Fresh Prince had laying around his room in the sitcom, you’ll see Mariah’s face everywhere. In this photo, Mariah is 18 years old and Will Smith is 19 years old back in 1988.
Smith is here for his Afro-Latina co-stars.
Back in the day, Tatyana Ali played his on-screen cousin, Ashley Banks. He wishes her a feliz cumple cada año on social media.
Will Smith brought us Eva Mendes.
In his “Welcome to Miami” hit, Eva Mendes was in the music video saying, “Bienvenidos a Miami.” I’m screaming. Years later, she would play his love interest on “Hitch.”
He’s just like a prankster Latino dad.
Latino dads live to make fun of their children, and Will Smith is no different. After his son, Jada, posted this very Instagrammy pic, his father quickly took to mocking him on Twitter. 😂
Just last week, he tossed Jada onto his shoulders to start the #ThePiggybackChallenge.
Will Smith is just the kind of dad who will always treat his kids like babies and also like adults. They went to Target to promote Just Water, and Smith was giving Jada sass for talking instead of working on stocking the shelves. Classic.
Latinos are already posting that their dads are way ahead of him.
We didn’t use our legs for the first 4 years of life. It’s the Latino way.
He publicly sasses his son for not knowing Spanish.
Tell me your papi wouldn’t do the same thing. I hear it from every abuelita I meet. Maybe Will Smith is an honorary abuelita, no sé.
He laid down a Bomba Estereo “Fiesta” remix like a boss.
Of course, we have Marc Anthony to thank for that. Smith shared the back story in a video, saying, “I was in Colombia, in Ibagué, with Marc Anthony, and he was listening to ‘Fuego’ [another Bomba track]. And I said, ‘That song is crazy!’ And almost completely unrelated, my manager, Miguel, is friends with people in [Sony Music Latin, Bomba’s label], and he showed me this song, ‘Fiesta.’ And I said, ‘That is crazy, I need to be on that.’”
He reportedly has said he thinks he was Latino in another life.
Latina reports that in one of his usual rants about how much he loves Latino culture, he laughed and said, “I think in a previous lifetime, I was definitely born in Costa Rica or something like that.”
In this life, he is one of us.
The guy has spent decades obsessing over Latino culture, respecting it, living in it, lifting up Latino actors and remixing iconic bands. We 💜 you, Will Smith. You’re up there with Rhianna.