1990-1999 This week we feature music from Red Hot Chili Peppers, MC Hammer, Wallflowers, Martina McBride, Tina Turner, Coolio, Marc Anthony, Eagle Eye Cherry, Will Smith, Jane Child and more 3 – 6pm ET
Big Willie Style is the debut solo studio album by American rapper Will Smith. It was released on November 25, 1997, by Columbia Records. Recording sessions took place from 1996 to 1997, with a range of several record producers that Will was working with such as Poke & Tone and his former collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff on the album. The album reached the top ten on both the US Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart, and later became a certified multi-platinum in a number of regions and countries. The album was supported by five singles: “Men in Black”, “Just Cruisin'”, “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It”, “Just the Two of Us” and “Miami”.
After releasing five albums as part of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Smith turned his focus to acting, starring in films such as Bad Boys and Independence Day. During the same period he recorded his first solo album, including the single “Men in Black”, which is the theme song to the film of the same name, which topped singles charts in a number of countries. Big Willie Style went on to become Smith’s most commercially successful album, earning him a number of music awards and nominations.