This song? Fiesta? This is the song that greatest rapper/actor the world has ever known (Will Smith) chose to make his triumphant return to music after disappearing for a decade? I remember it like it was yesterday, Will Smith taking that MTV Video Music Awards stage and accepting his award and giving that memorable speech about he doesn’t need to use profanity in his songs to be the #1 rapper in the world. Big Willy was the king of the rap world back then, and even if his songs were awful we didn’t mind, because every song was awful back then and he was just a product of his generation.
(Welcome To) Miami: HEAT.
Gettin’ Jiggy With It: BANGER.
Fiesta: What in the actual fuck was Will Smith thinking coming out of retirement with this song?
Maybe I’m being a little too harsh on Large William, as The Verge points out this isn’t actually a Big Willy original and he only raps on the remix. And in reading up on the early stages of Will Smith’s career I discovered that he actually ran into some serious legal debacles and financial issues with the IRS as his rap career was just beginning to take off. So maybe we can assume that Will Smith’s ‘Fiesta’ and triumphant return to rap is tied to another IRS lien?
Smith spent money freely around 1988 and 1989 and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income. Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990, when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him.
This is the Will Smith we all miss, not the ‘Fiesta’ Will Smith: